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Looking for Seabirds: Journal from an Alaskan Voyage
 
 
Author
Sophie Webb.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
ISBN 9780618212354
Pages/Publication Date 48/2004
Daedalus Item Code 34232
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To the human eye, Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands look barren and forbidding, but to seabirds of the northern hemisphere, they are idyllic—teeming with underwater food and alive with wind currents for soaring. This visual journal by the author of the Robert F. Sibert Honor book My Season with Penguins, for readers 9 and up, illuminates the delicacy yet hardiness of the graceful Mottled Petrel, the huge Black-footed Albatross, the clownish Tufted Puffin, and the other seabirds that biologist Sophie Webb watches for, writes about, and paints in graceful watercolors.

"The 'you-are-there' immediacy of the narrative and the clear and colorful watercolor-and-gouache landscapes and drawings of birds form an appealing travelogue that is as exciting as it is informative."—School Library Journal (starred review)

"The text and accompanying watercolors are ... brimming with gritty details (it's wise not to serve spherical foods on a boat, because they roll off the plate), and children will feel Webb's delight in the moments that make the rigors of field research worth it: a glimpse of Crested Auklets 'like something out of Dr. Seuss's imagination' or an albatross that commutes from Hawaii to Alaska to collect food, then backtracks 5,600 miles to nourish its waiting chicks."—Booklist

 
 
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