From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-An extremely handsome photo essay that shows a breeding season in a colony of North Atlantic puffins on Heimaey, largest of the Westmann Islands off the southwest coast of Iceland. McMillan hangs his informative text on the framework of young Halla and her friends, who await the first flight of the pufflings with eager joy. Many of these fledglings fail to reach the sea on this maiden flight, landing in Halla's village below the cliffs. Here the children wait, armed with cardboard boxes and flashlights, racing to rescue the pufflings before they become prey for cats or dogs, or run over by passing vehicles. Staying up all night, sleeping late into the morning, the children spend two unusual weeks rescuing thousands of baby birds and releasing them to the sea. McMillan's crisp full-color photos record courting and nesting behavior of the puffins and the activities of the children waiting for and performing their rescues. A fine book to foster empathy in young people as well as to inform them, and to show them that children can make a difference in the world.Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Gr. 2^-4. McMillan makes each bird, person, or place he photographs look special. In this book, he takes us to an island off the coast of Iceland, where Icelandic children and puffins alike seem alert and magical. On nights when the youngest puffins, called pufflings, take their first flight, the children organize to rescue the birds who don't make it to the sea. Readers will love the local custom as well as the fact that there's not a single adult shown organizing the lifesaving effort. The quality of light and the combination of crisp close-ups and beautiful landscapes that McMillan uses make every shot in the book seem to capture a perfect day. Mary Harris Veeder