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Nights of the Pufflings by Bruce McMillan

Nights of the Pufflings

by Bruce McMillan

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In my opinion, this is an average informational children's book. This book does have a good sequence that describes how puffins are hatched and the time of year they are born in. The setting is also good in that it describes Iceland itself, and gives the reader a nice background for the rest of the story. However, this stories illustrations could have been a lot better. Because it is an informational book, it could have included graphs or maps for the reader. Maps would have helped the reader picture even further where the puffins and children are in Iceland. A graph could have been used to show the time line of puffin penguins amongst many other things. The main idea of this story is for children or other people to learn how puffins are born in Iceland. ( )
  CSoude3 | Apr 2, 2016 |
This book was paired with real photographs from the hatching of the baby Puffins and their journey to the sea. It was very interesting and informative. The real pictures made it more real, and the children in the story made it relatable to students. ( )
  mariah21 | Apr 7, 2014 |
I thought this was a super interesting book. It is a story about an icelandic ritual of saving baby pufflings who don't make it to the sea on their first attempt flying. The pufflings end up in an icelandic town, in danger from other animals and cars. However, in this town, the children look forward every year to the first "Night of the Pufflings" - the kickoff to the summer season and nightly searches for pufflings throughout town. The children put the lost pufflings in boxes, then set them free over the ocean for their second ever flights, which they finish by landing in the ocean (their new homes) as opposed to in the town. ( )
  conlonk | Apr 25, 2013 |
Every spring on an island in Iceland, schoolchildren await the arrival of the puffins. This is the time of the year when the puffins come in from sea to have their babies. Their babies are called pufflings, and when they are big enough they out to sea. The problem being that some of them get confused! This is where the schoolchildren come into play. The schoolchildren stay up late and save the puffins that do not make it out to sea. Notably absent from the photo essay is the presence of adults- this is a job for the children of the island! The author has previous books that were awarded the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, and he provides a bibliography as well as a more detailed synopsis of the bird at the conclusion of his story. The information is presented in a linear fashion, with photographs that relate directly to the text. ( )
  artlibby | Oct 1, 2008 |
I read this book a few years ago, because it's about one of my favorite birds - the puffin. For some reason, though, I didn't really enjoy this book too much. It's about newly hatched puffins, and how many of them have trouble making it to the sea on their own, so the children in the village carefully transport the young birds to the sea before they can become prey to cats and dogs, etc. It's a very sweet idea, but for some reason, the photos and prose just didn't appeal to me. ( )
  herebedragons | Mar 24, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0395856930, Paperback)

The annual tradition of Icelandic children rescuing thousands of stranded young puffins is documented in this unique photo essay.

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Every spring, millions of puffins return to their nesting grounds on Heimaey, (Hay-mah-ay) a tiny island off the coast of Iceland, to lay eggs, and raise their chicks to pufflings. In August when the pufflings venture out at night to take their first flight, the children of Heimaey stay up all night too rescuing stranded pufflings. Suggested level: primary.… (more)

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