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

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8.1 X 10.2 X 0.4 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Lela Nargi wrote her first story in a notebook with a marbled cover that her mother bought her the summer before she started first grade; she's been writing ever since. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughter, and a very large rabbit.


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"
Using 3-D printing technology, Karl's friends at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institute found a way to help Karl!-- "Pragmatic Mom"
The nonfiction narrative's conversational tone and descriptive language make this an enjoyable read for kids and adults. Karl's New Beak is an excellent example of the problem and solution structure for classrooms studying nonfiction text structures. . . .an inspirational story that will inspire young readers to look for solutions to problems in their every day lives.-- "Nonfiction Detectives"
If you have interest in technology, science, and 3-d printing at your library, it's a good title on the topic.-- "Flying Off My Bookshelf"
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"
Nargi's lighthearted and informative account shows how zoo staff engineered a solution for Karl: a 3-D printed beak. Each step in the process...demonstrates how engineering and science can be combined to solve problems in animal conservation. . . .This volume's sturdy binding and series nonfiction "look" make it approachable for a variety of readers.-- "Horn Book"
Engineering and technology align with science in this true story about a hornbill named Karl. . . .a fantastic story of trial and error, persistence, and real-life problem-solving!-- "Imagination Soup"
If and your little ones love to read true stories with a happy ending, Karl's New Beak is a winner. . . .Instead of nature versus technology, Karl's tale becomes technology partnering with nature to do an amazing thing: give Karl a normal beak. A fascinating and heart-warming read.-- "The Columbian (Vancouver, WA)"
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"
Readers will root for Karl and the scientists as they work on the beak and try to make it fit. The author has included many interesting facts about hornbills, the Smithsonian and 3-D printing.-- "The Children's Book Review"