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Beauty and the Beak

Photo by Glen Hush (c) Jane Veltkamp



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School Library Journal says: "Outstanding full-page photographs accompany this uplifting account. Many resources for further study and additional information on the life cycle of eagles, their habitats, and their near extinction and recovery are appended. Highly valuable for elementary schoolers as a lesson in empathy; an inspiring addition to STEM collections."

Kirkus Reviews says: "Offer this heartwarming example of animal rehabilitation to fans of Winter’s Tail...Solid information about bald eagles in the wild is woven into the story...Resources include web connections and QR codes to be used with a Cornell Lab of Ornithology app." 

Deborah Lee Rose is available to do school visits and other author events across the country, specifically about or including BEAUTY AND THE BEAK. You can reach her via the contact form on this website.

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.

Photo by Glen Hush (c) Jane Veltkamp

Photo by Glen Hush (c) Jane Veltkamp

The year 2017 is the 50th anniversary of bald eagles being named an endangered species and the 10th anniversary of bald eagles being removed from the Endangered and Threatened Species list. It is also the 235th anniversary of the bald eagle being included as a national symbol in the Great Seal of the United States.

Deborah coauthored BEAUTY AND THE BEAK with renowned raptor biologist Janie Veltkamp, who led the team that engineered Beauty's beak and who cares for Beauty at her raptor center Birds of Prey Northwest in Idaho. Beauty's beak surgery was covered by media worldwide. Beauty and Janie are the subject of a specially filmed episode of Nat Geo WILD TV's Unlikely Animal FriendsBeauty's story was also featured in the National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick magazine.

Engage Their Minds blog says,
"There are so many lessons to be learned by the story of Beauty, from the perils of poaching to the fantastic feats that can be accomplished by those who work together to beat the odds."

Deborah spoke about BEAUTY AND THE BEAK at a workshop at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Los Angeles, 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.”