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Beauty and the beak : how science, technology, and a 3D-printed beak rescued a bald eagle
Beauty and the beak : how science, technology, and a 3D-printed beak rescued a bald eagle
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Publisher Info:
Apex, NC : Persnickety Press, [2017]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Presents the true story of an eagle that was injured and left with a damaged beak and how those that rescued her were able to 3D print a replacement beak for the bird.


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Material Type
JUV 598.943 ROSE New or Popluar Book Juv Nonfiction

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Beauty and the Beak is a new, nonfiction picture book about Beauty, the wild bald eagle that made world news when she was illegally shot, rescued, and received a pioneering, 3D-printed prosthetic beak. Beauty and the Beak follows Beauty close up from the moment she uses her baby beak to emerge from her egg, through her hunt when she uses her powerful adult beak to feed herself, to the day her beak is shot off leaving her helpless. This brave and heartlifting story continues through her rescue, into the months of engineering her 3D-printed prosthetic beak and intense hours of her beak surgery, to the moment she takes the first drink of water by herself with her new beak.

Beauty and the Beak captures the spirit and courage of this amazing bird and America's national symbol--whose species was nearly wiped out by human activity, only to be restored and thriving because of environmental conservation and human compassion. This book will resonate with stories of other animals endangered or in need, and with stories of humans, from young children to military veterans, in need of prosthetic limbs, who are being given new lives with state-of-the-art devices.

The book includes expanded information about bald eagles as a top predator species, their near extinction in most of the U.S., their successful reintroduction back into the wild, and efforts to conserve this critical raptor species today.

Author Notes

Deborah Lee Rose is an internationally published, award-winning author of many beloved children's books. Her newest book Beauty and the Beak: The Inspiring Story of a Bald Eagle and Her 3D-Printed Prosthetic Beak is a CALIFORNIA READS recommended title of the California Teachers Association. Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue is a Reading is Fundamental/Macy's Multicultural Collection title and Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Students K-12. Into the A, B, Sea was named to the NY Times 100 Books to Read and Share. Deborah helped create and directed communications for the ALA/AASL award-winning, national STEM education website , and helped created STEM activity apps for Lawrence Hall of Science, which have been downloaded more than one million times. She also served as Director of Communications for Lindsay Wildlife Experience, which includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S. Deborah lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and speaks at book events, conferences, schools and libraries across the country. Visit her website at

Jane Veltkamp is a raptor biologist and rehabilitator, wildlife educator, trained nurse, and master falconer. She led the team who developed Beauty the bald eagle's prosthetic beak and has lifetime care of Beauty, on which Beauty and the Beak was based. Jane is founder and executive director of Birds of Prey Northwest, in Idaho, a raptor center which educates the public about raptor conservation, including through live raptor programs, and has provided medical treatment and rehabilitation to thousands of injured birds of prey to return them to the wild. She spent ten years of her career reintroducing ospreys and peregrine falcons to regions where they had disappeared from their habitat in South Dakota and Indiana. She rescues and cares for bald eagles, including Beauty, by permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jane lives near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and is also the eagle expert for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's Native American Aviaries. Visit her website at

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Rose and Veltkamp tell the inspiring story of an Alaskan bald eagle, later named Beauty, who was shot in the face by a poacher and lost most of her upper beak. She was unable to eat, drink, or preen and would have died had she not been rescued. Because her beak didn't regenerate, Beauty eventually made her way to a raptor center in Idaho, where she received continuous care. Coauthor Veltkamp, a raptor biologist and rehabilitator, worked with engineers, a dentist, and other animal experts to fabricate an artificial beak, using a 3-D printer. After arduous testing, an appropriate beak was created and attached. Beauty could now drink and eat on her own. 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. VERDICT Highly valuable for elementary schoolers as a lesson in empathy; an inspiring addition to STEM collections.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a remarkable wildlife rescue story with echoes of 2009's Winter's Tale, an eagle injured by a hunter comes under the care of biologist and coauthor Veltkamp. At her Idaho raptor center, she concocts a plan to repair Beauty's beak, which has been reduced to a stump, using a 3-D-printed prosthetic. The tense narrative recounts how Veltkamp enlisted the help of a dentist and engineer to design and attach the new beak: "Just when they were ready to glue the beak on, Beauty started to struggle. Her wings were so strong, she burst open the wrap around them." Readers will be fascinated by the photographs of Beauty before, during, and after the beak attachment, and although the story concludes abruptly, following the successful surgery, substantial end notes explore Beauty's progress, bald eagles in general, and the threats they face. Ages 5-12. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

From one of the more fascinating applications of 3-D printing comes the story of Beauty, a bald eagle whose beak was seriously damaged by a hunter's bullet. The book opens with an imagined account of Beauty's life before her accident, which uses narrative text and color photos to introduce readers to the early stages of a bald eagle's life, from hatching to reaching adulthood. The authors carefully point out the many important uses for the beak, particularly to eat, drink, and preen. When Beauty arrived at the wildlife center, she was missing half of her top beak and unable to feed herself or keep her feathers clean, but raptor biologist Veltkamp and an engineer hatched a plan to use a 3-D printer to make the bird a prosthetic beak. The project was a success, and Beauty was finally able feed herself again, though she'll never be able to return to the wild. The book concludes with extensive information on bald eagles, from their biology to past endangered status. A heartwarming account of STEM in action.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2017 Booklist