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Karl's New Beak: 3-D Printing Builds a Bird a Better Life
Karl's New Beak: 3-D Printing Builds a Bird a Better Life
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Karl's New Beak: 3-D Printing Builds a Bird a Better Life

by Lela Nargi
Illustrated by Harriet Popham

Karl is an Abyssinian ground hornbill with a special challenge. His lower bill had broken off and made eating difficult. Karl did a great job of adapting and finding new ways to eat, but he wasn't getting all the food he needed. His zookeepers at the National Zoo and friends at the Smithsonian Institute wanted to help. Could an old bird skeleton and a 3-D printer give Karl a new beak? Karl's new adventure was about to begin! The Capstone Interactive edition comes with simultaneous access for every student in your school and includes read aloud audio recorded by professional voice over artists.

Reading LevelGrades 1-3
Interest LevelGrades PreK-2
Lexile Level780L
Text TypeNarrative Nonfiction
Text SubtypeSequence
PublisherCapstone Editions
Page Dimensions8" x 10"
Page Count32
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Lili Taylor, Emmy-Award nominated actor - Conservation activist, and National Audubon Society and American Birding Assoc.

"The Hornbill is a living treasure. And so is this spectacular book Karl’s New Beak. Lela Nargi knows that the way to get kids (or grownups for that matter!) to care about birds is through storytelling. A true story with depth and complexity that doesn’t talk down to kids. Karl’s New Beak shows kids that anything is possible through friendship, imagination, and STEM. I loved this book so much that I’m planning a trip to visit Karl at the Smithsonian National Zoo!" - Lili Taylor, Emmy-Award nominated actor

January 17, 2019

Booklist - Julia Smith

"This uplifting animal story features precise, accessible writing, excellent illustrations (a mix of photos, sketches, and 3-D computer renderings), and STEM connections galore. The text highlights the cross-disciplinary teamwork that went into designing Karl’s new beak without ever bogging down the text with obvious lessons. Kids will undoubtedly find this account of science, nature, and compassion fascinating." - Booklist

January 1, 2019

Kirkus Reviews

"A number of recent titles for young readers describe the work of humans to make lives better for injured or abandoned animals. Unusually, here the special focus is on the process: the complicated and painstaking repair of Karl's lower beak, including the construction of its replacement part. Thoughtful design makes this very clear: Illustrations cleverly combine actual photographs with drawings and diagrams, printed in blue and white like blueprints. . . .Backmatter includes more facts about hornbills in the wild and about Karl in particular as well as a glossary with unusually helpful definitions. For fans of animal-rescue accounts and 21st-century technology." - Kirkus Reviews

January 1, 2019

Lela Nargi

Lela Nargi

Lela Nargi is an author, editor, and veteran journalist living in a leafy corner of Brooklyn, NY, with her daughter, her husband, and an enormous rabbit. After years spent covering news, celebrities, lifestyle, and photography for large national magazines like People, Life, and Entertainment Weekly, she now writes about food, science, the environment, travel, business, and parenting for a wide variety of outlets. She also writes books—lately, mostly for children.

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