Giving Back to the Earth:
A National Audubon Society Children's Book and its Teacher's Guide
Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children, 1997. "The true story of biologist Steve Kress's dream—to restore the habitat on two Maine islands and reestablish Atlantic puffins there—is by turns suspenseful, informative and heartening. A separate and equally admirable teacher's guide is also available."
Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children for 1998. "Journey to Egg Rock, Maine, to learn how biologist Stephen Kress and his team of scientists successfully reintroduced puffins to the island's bird population. Discover fascinating facts about puffins, as well as the scientific processes the team used to solve complex problems. Revealing photographs accompany detailed narrative."
—Children's Book Council/NSTA
Los Angeles' 100 Best Books: 1997. "Documents the successful attempt to reestablish puffin colonies off the Maine coast in Project Puffin, demonstrating that hard work and dedication can have a positive impact on the environment."
—Los Angeles Unified School District Library Services
"Way to go, Project Puffin! What a great story about a person doing something to help our fellow creatures. Welcome back, puffins!"
—Martin Kratt, Kratts' Creatures
"Educationally sound, [the teacher's guide] offers a wide variety of experiences to enhance and enrich the student's understanding of puffins, sea birds and the oceans. . . . This is a marvelous and fun resource."
"Delight and wonder can nourish in a child a lifelong commitment to preserving Planet Earth. Project Puffin . . . is a book that ought to confirm a child's delight in these seabirds. It is the true story of one man's vision and devotion."
"Illustrated by vivid photographs, it is an inspirational story beautifully told . . . The [teacher's] guide is well-organized, with considerable background information for teachers."
". . . a worthy classroom companion. . . . Photographs of puffins in every conceivable attitude breeze through the book, making the text's enthusiasm understandable."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Kress provides a detailed description of the struggles and--eventual successes . . . encountered during the project. Combined with a helpful teacher's guide packed with activities, Project Puffin helps kids gain knowledge about sea birds, food chains and important ways to help preserve the environment for wildlife."
—E: The Environmental Magazine
With their large, colorful beaks, their upright posture, and their big, dark eyes, it's easy to see why puffins are popular all over the world. But for the past hundred years, puffins along the coast of Maine have been threatened with local extinction. Biologist Stephen Kress decided to try to bring puffins back to Maine with an experiment that had never been attempted before.
Stunning color photographs on every page capture each step of this wildlife success story. As you learn about The Puffin Project, you'll also learn all about puffins—how they are so wonderfully adapted to their ocean environment, how they catch fish, socialize, nest in burrows, and raise their young.
The teacher's guide has more than 40 creative, hands-on activities: art projects, role-playing, wildlife observations, science demonstrations, running games, and more. The guide is organized into seven major themes, including seabird adaptations, the marine ecosystem, human impact on the environment, people making a difference for wildlife, and more. Includes annotated bibliographies and Internet resources.
Tilbury House, Publishers
103 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, Maine 04345
(Please click on "Focused Reading" on the left sidebar to see our books listed by category.)