Beauty and the Beak
Photo by Glen Hush (c) Jane Veltkamp
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- California Reads Recommended Title
California Teachers Association
Author Deborah Lee Rose is available for school visits, conferences and author events across the country to talk about her new book and Beauty, the bald eagle who received a pioneering, 3D-printed prosthetic beak. You can reach Deborah via the contact form on this website.
Lifesize, 3D-printed replicas of Beauty the bald eagle's prosthetic beak—and information to access the STL file for 3D-printing a beak replica—are available from raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp, coauthor of BEAUTY AND THE BEAK, at wwww.birdsofpreynorthwest.org.
Museum of Science, Boston has hands-on STEM activities to make and test models of Beauty's beak in their free Engineering is Elementary curriculum.
Beauty's story is featured on the National Academy of Engineering EngineerGirl website, and as a resource of the North American Association for Environmental Education and National Wildlife Federation Eco Schools' Green STEM.
Beauty's beak surgery was covered by media worldwide, and Beauty and Janie were filmed for Nat Geo WILD TV's Unlikely Animal Friends program, which aired in 130 countries.
2017 is the 50th anniversary of bald eagles being named an endangered species and 10th anniversary of them being removed from the Endangered and Threatened Species list. It's the 235th anniversary of the bald eagle as a national symbol on the Great Seal of the U.S..
Deborah spoke about BEAUTY AND THE BEAK at the National Science Teachers Association conference, with NSTA past president Dr. Karen Ostlund, who says: "Not only does this book tell the poignant story of human compassion and ingenuity, but it is an inspiration for promoting the value of STEM education. The story of Beauty and the beak is sure to touch the hearts and minds of everyone! "
Lori Oczkus, national literacy expert and author, says: “Our classrooms desperately need powerful true stories like Beauty and the Beak to inspire students to read informational text and to learn to care for our world one creature at a time! Beauty and the Beak provides many opportunities for students to think critically and discuss important issues surrounding the environment. Students naturally gravitate to reading books about animal rescues and learning how human carelessness often endangers wildlife. Beauty and the Beak presents exciting ways students can learn about and help endangered species.”