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Wisdom the Midway Albatross

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Wisdom, the Midway Albatross—the oldest bird in the world—hatched a new chick in 2011, and two months later, the Japanese tsunami struck. Surviving manmade and natural disasters for over 60 years, Wisdom has braved living wild, plastic pollution, longline fishing, lead poisoning, and the Japanese earthquake. A new mother at 63+ years old, this seabird inspires hope amidst the difficulties of life.


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PRAISE FOR WISDOM’S STORY

FROM THE PUBLISHING WORLD

★ STARRED REVIEW: Publisher’s Weekly
“. . .Pattison writes crisply and evocatively, and her closing notes provide a wealth of information for readers interested in Wisdom and her fellow albatrosses.”
2/18/2013, http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-9798621-7-5

WINNER: 1st place in Children’s Book Category, 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Awards.

FINALIST: 2013 Next Gen Indie Book Awards, Juvenile Nonfiction category.

FROM THE CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WORLD

“Wisdom’s story makes my heart soar.”
–Kirby Larson, author of Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival and Winner of the Newbery Honor for Hattie Big Sky.

“If the animal is truly wild then how do you extrapolate its life without relying on fantasy and conjecture? Wisdom: The Midway Albatross offers at least one solution to that question. Add history to facts to the glorious innovation of banding wild animals and you have yourself a bird bio that’s easy to distinguish from the flock.”
–Elizabeth Bird, SLJ’s Fuse#8 Blog http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2012/08/20/review-of-the-day-wisdom-the-midway-albatross-by-darcy-pattison/

STEM Friday. Darcy Pattison talks about researching the book, Wisdom, the Midway Albatross.
–Diane Chen, SLJ’s Practically Paradise Blog
http://blogs.slj.com/practicallyparadise/2012/03/09/stem-friday-2/

FROM THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

“On December 10, 1956, early in my first visit to Midway, I banded 99 incubating Laysan Albatrosses in the ‘downtown’ area of Sand Island, Midway. Wisdom (band number 587-51945) is still alive, healthy, and incubating again in December 2011. While I have grown old and gray and get around only with the use of a cane, Wisdom still looks and acts just the same as on the day I banded her. . . remarkable true story. . . beautifully illustrated in color.”
–Chandler S. Robbins, Sc.D, Senior Scientist (Retired), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.

“It’s marvelous! I LOVE it! And I got a lump in my throat, tears! And I’m a biologist! Your book is beautiful, meaningful, simple, elegant………thank you for caring, thank you for sharing this story!”
–Kim Rivera, National Seabird Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries, Deputy ARA, Protected Resources Division, Alaska Region

“As both a seabird conservationist and a mom to young kids, I highly recommend Wisdom, the Midway Albatross. Wisdom’s true story of survival is exciting and artist Kitty Harvill brings her to life in illustrations that are beautiful and accurate. Having worked to protect these magnificent creatures, I find it wonderful to be able to share their story through this book!”
–Jessica Hardesty Norris, Ph.D., Seabird Program Director, American Bird Conservancy

TEACHER MATERIALS

Videos:
How Big is an Albatross? [http://youtu.be/rvrkFzNlpxQ]
Taped at 2012 Arkansas Audubon Summer Camp, this video features kids measuring their arm span against an albatross’s wingspan.
Wisdom, the Midway Albatross [http://youtu.be/bYxvOOoymTA]

Draw a Bird Day (April 8) Uncoloring Pages
[http://albatross.darcypattison.com/albatross/draw-a-bird-day-coloring-pages/]

Wisdom: Mentor Text for Teaching Writing
[http://commoncorestandards.com/wp-content/uploads/WISDOM-by-Darcy-Pattison-Vivid-Verbs.pdf]

Other Educational materials available at http://albatross.darcypattison.com

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