Puffins along the coast of Maine were once hunted to near-extinction. Now, through a careful breeding program, scientists eagerly await the puffins' return each year to hatch their young. With cheerful illustrations and clear text, Gail Gibbons explains the conservation program and the life cycle of this amazing bird. Explore the World with Gail Gibbons is a collection that encourages young readers to make new discoveries about a broad spectrum of topics from farming, to hurricanes, to house-building, to animal life-cycles. But The Puffins Are Back is a particularly special book for Gail, as she lives nearby a puffin sanctuary during the summer every year. This inspired her to share their ongoing story.