Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Beauty and the Beak tells the story of “How science, technology, and a 3D-printed beak rescued a bald eagle.” The story begins by providing background information of a typical eagle’s survival in the wild. Beauty, the bird in the story, suffers a gunshot wound that results in a shattered beak. Unable to eat, fly, or even drink water, Beauty becomes weaker until her eventual rescue. With human intervention, her condition improves; without a viable beak she will not survive. Luckily, a raptor biologist, Janie, and a bioengineer, Nate, combined their talents to create a prosthetic beak for Beauty. Almost fully recovered, Beauty continues to need human assistance and lives in a raptor facility.
Captivating photographs guide the reader through this non-fiction account of an eagle that suffers injurious harm. The story is told in sequential order, beginning with the birth of an eagle and continuing with descriptions of its young life until the fateful event that almost resulted in its death, and then the human intervention that saved its life. Figurative language adds interest: “the two birds would spin like a helicopter”. Factual information is interwoven throughout the story and included at the end of the book in the form of reference materials.
Effective figurative language
Sequence of events