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Puffling Hardcover – October 27, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312565704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312565701
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Vivas's meticulously drafted pastels distinguish this coming-of-age story by the team behind Our Granny. Big Stripy Beak and Long Black Feather, a pair of loving puffin parents, prepare Puffling for his launch into the wide world, where scary gulls wait just outside the opening of his burrow, and the sea, teeming with puffins, beckons beyond. The roundness of the birds' bellies is sculpted with hundreds of evenly stroked white lines, while glowing sea-green linework makes nocturnal scenes come alive. As Puffling grows, his parents feed him, coach him on what's to come (When you are strong enough and tall enough and brave enough, you'll leave the burrow all by yourself), and reassure him that all is going according to plan (Am I brave enough? Puffling asks. Almost, his parents reply). If some younger readers are disturbed by the parents flying away and leaving Puffling to brave the world on his own, most will identify with his nascent sense of independence and adventure—and the confidence Puffling demonstrates when he successfully makes the big plunge. Up to age 5. (Nov.)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—This feel-good story about the early weeks in the life of a puffling offers children a glimpse at the bird's life cycle and a predictable analogy between its loving family and those of readers. Big Stripy Beak and Long Black Feather care for their hatchling in the burrow where they live and warn Puffling not to leave else he should fall prey to scary gulls that wait for such a misstep. The cute little puffling does as he's told and grows stronger, bigger, and braver until finally he is ready to leave his parents and join his friends in the sea, looking forward to making a family of his own. Vivas's lovely pastel and pencil illustrations manage to convey recognizable human emotions and still maintain their naturalistic integrity.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Orla on October 17, 2011
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Once again, Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas create together an awesome story for all ages. It's time to fly solo!
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Big Stripy Beak and Long Black Feather were proud parents once their egg hatched. Puffling was lying on his back in the remains of an egg. His eyes were closed and his wet feathers and webbed feet seemed to stick out all over the place. He nestled up under the wing of one of his parents while the other emerged from the burrow to hunt for them. They both gave him words of warning saying, "There are scary gulls out there, watching and waiting." He was careful to listen to them and when one or the other of his parents returned with food he would shut his eyes and open his beak wide for "fish and sand-eels."

Before long Puffling started to ask if he could leave home, but each time he asked he was told he wasn't strong enough, tall enough or brave enough. They told him when he was old enough he would be able to leave the burrow, but would have to take care not to run up against any gulls. Big Stripy Beak told him, "You'll waddle off into the dark as fast as you can." He would have to leap into the sea to join friends and then one day he would come back to have his own chick. Day after day he asked them his favorite three questions. No, not yet, "nearly," "not quite," and answers like "almost" weren't answers he wanted to hear. Would Puffling ever be old enough to leave the nest?

This is a simply darling introduction to the life cycle of the puffin with a message about life's milestones. Everyone has those little defining moments in life when they need to move on to the next step and little puffins like Puffling are no exception. What I really liked about this tale was that it is the perfect introduction to nonfiction to the young child. The artwork was quite Disneyesque like and was very appealing. Whether or not you choose to read this tale as a more serious story about puffins or one about Puffling and his family you will be totally charmed!
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The story and illustrations are very well done, and it presents a very accurate view of the life of puffins.
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By Carolyn Whipple on March 1, 2013
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Beautiful illustrations, accurate scientific information, sweet story with a meaningful message. This book was adorable and special, especially after spending time in Iceland and seeing puffins up close. All around a great book.
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By Crzyoldone on January 8, 2013
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My granddaughter's nick name is Puffin, a mix of muffin and pumpkin. When we went looking for books about Puffins, this one just jumped out at us. The illustrations and story are charming and catch Puffins attention everytime we read it to her. Very sweet story.
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