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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Beauty and the Beak Blog Tour (guest post & giveaway)


Welcome to Day #2 of the Beauty and the Beak Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of Beauty and the Beak by Deborah Lee Rose and Janie VeltKamp (8/27/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Deborah, plus 5 chances to win a copy of Beauty and the Beak!

Blog Tour Schedule:
August 29th — Word Spelunking
August 30th — Chat with Vera
August 31st  — Late Bloomer's Book Blog
September 1st — Living Simply




Deb Meets Beauty Up Close


While I was writing Beauty and the Beak with Janie, I travelled from California to Idaho to meet Beauty and Janie face to face. I had never seen seen a live bald eagle up close, only from a distance at the zoo or at a wildlife center. When Janie invited me to step right inside Beauty's own aviary, I was really nervous! Janie talked to Beauty while I was in there, so Beauty wouldn't be upset by my presence. Beauty looked straight at me the whole time. Bald eagles have an intense, piercing gaze—their vision is many times more powerful than a human's, so that when they hunt they can spot prey from high in the sky. Seeing Beauty so close, I better understood what a powerful hunter she must have been in the wild, and how devastating the damage to her beak truly was.

(PS—Janie is available to do Skype visits with schools, right from Beauty's own aviary!)



Buy: Persnickety Press
BEAUTY AND THE BEAK is a new, nonfiction picture book about Beauty, the wild bald eagle that made world news when she was illegally shot, rescued, and received a pioneering, 3D-printed prosthetic beak. BEAUTY AND THE BEAK follows Beauty close up from the moment she uses her baby beak to emerge from her egg, through her hunt when she uses her powerful adult beak to feed herself, to the day her beak is shot off leaving her helpless. This brave and heartlifting story continues through her rescue, into the months of engineering her 3D-printed prosthetic beak and intense hours of her beak surgery, to the moment she takes the first drink of water by herself with her new beak. BEAUTY AND THE BEAK captures the spirit and courage of this amazing bird and America’s national symbol―whose species was nearly wiped out by human activity, only to be restored and thriving because of environmental conservation and human compassion. This book will resonate with stories of other animals endangered or in need, and with stories of humans, from young children to military veterans, in need of prosthetic limbs, who are being given new lives with state-of-the-art devices. The book includes expanded information about bald eagles as a top predator species, their near extinction in most of the U.S., their successful reintroduction back into the wild, and efforts to conserve this critical raptor species today.
Deborah Lee Rose is an internationally published, award-winning author of many beloved children’s books. Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue is a Reading is Fundamental/Macy’s Multicultural Collection title and Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Students K-12. Into the A, B, Sea was named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. Deborah helped create and directed communications for the ALA/AASL award-winning national STEM education website Howtosmile.org, and helped created STEM activity apps for Lawrence Hall of Science which have been downloaded more than one million times. She also served as Director of Communications for Lindsay Wildlife Experience, which includes one of the first wildlife rehabilitation hospitals established in the U.S. Deborah lives in Walnut Creek, CA, and speaks at book events, conferences, schools and libraries across the country. Visit her website at deborahleerose.comFollow Deborah: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Jane Veltkamp is a raptor biologist and rehabilitator, wildlife educator, trained nurse, and master falconer. She led the team who developed Beauty the Bald Eagle’s prosthetic beak and has lifetime care of Beauty. Jane is founder and executive director of Birds of Prey Northwest, in Idaho, a raptor center which educates the public about raptor conservation, including through live raptor programs, and has provided medical treatment and rehabilitation to thousands of injured birds of prey to return them to the wild. She spent ten years of her career reintroducing ospreys and peregrine falcons to regions where they had disappeared from their habitat in South Dakota and Indiana. She rescues and cares for Bald Eagles, including Beauty, by permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jane lives near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and is also the eagle expert for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's Native American Aviaries. Visit her website at birdsofpreynorthwest.orgFollow Janie: Website;| Facebook


Persnickety Press is the sister imprint of the Cornell Lab Publishing Group. Persnickety publishes a broad range of books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction, from picture books through teen titles. Our books focus on empowerment, showing young people that what they do matters, what they care about is worthy of their attention and dedication, and even as children, they can make a real difference. 


One (1) winner will receive a copy of 
Beauty and the Beak!
-US only
-ends 9/4/17 at 12 am ET
-winner will be emailed and must claim prize within 48 hours
-Word Spelunking is not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen prizes in mail
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5 comments:

Carl Scott said...

I've seen this book before and I think it's totally awesome. I can't imagine why anyone would have done such a cruel thing to that beautiful bird in the first place but I applaud heartily those who worked on the rehabilitation project and those who told their story. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Danielle H. said...

Our library has a 3D printer and we have printed items and they totally work! Amazing technology and this topic sounds exciting to learn more about.

Lisa Maucione said...

How exciting that must have been to meet Avery and step into her aviary. I think my students will enjoy this book. They have read about Beauty's story before and are fascinated by it.

Lynnette said...

I had heard of this but didn't realize there was a book. Sounds amazing - a sure winner with my science-minded students!

masterssarahk said...

Thank you for an awesome giveaway.