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A Perfect Day for an Albatross - Published by Cornell Lab Publishing Group

Manu, the Boy who Loved Birds,
Written & illustrated by Caren Loebel-Fried

Trailer on YouTube

[New!] Reviewed by American Birding Association review by Rebecca Minardi

The illustrations in Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds are arresting and bring the story to life... It’s refreshing to find a children’s book where it’s very clear that care and research went into making sure all species were represented true to life. Indeed one of the most intriguing aspects of [the book] is the extensive ten-page afterword full of photos, historical paintings, and a glossary of Hawaiian words... I hope Manu inspires readers to question why some birds no longer inhabit this planet and challenges them to wonder how they can work to protect the ones we have left.

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Also available in Hawaiian Language (translation by Blaine Namahana Tolentino)

Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds Resource Guides For:
Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades

Review by Puanani Fernandez-Akamine for Ka Wai Ola, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Part storybook and part science lesson, Manu, The Boy Who Loved Birds, is a new children’s book {that}… joyfully blends spirituality, culture, science and technology… Entertaining and enlightening, {it} emphasizes both Hawaiian culture and environmental conservation and is brought to life by Loebel- Fried’s colorful and whimsical block-print illustrations... Manu, The Boy Who Loved Birds is a charming and educational book that serves as a reminder that culture and science are, and should be, complementary.


Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds is a story about extinction, conservation, and culture, told through a child’s experience and curiosity. Readers learn along with Manu about the extinct honeyeater for which he was named, his Hawaiian heritage, and the relationship between animals and habitat. An afterword includes in-depth information on Hawai‘i’s forest birds and featherwork in old Hawai‘i, a glossary, and a list of things to do to help. Illustrated with eye-catching, full-color block prints, the book accurately depicts and incorporates natural science and culture in a whimsical way, showing how we can all make a difference for wildlife.

University of Hawaii Press 2020
Hardback: $16.99
48 pages | full-color illustrations
ISBN-13: 9780824882723

Educational programs with the Pacific Beach Coalition and Caren Loebel-Fried

The Pacific Beach Coalition’s 2020-2021 Earth Honoree is the Albatross. Learn through these ambassadors of our oceans about ecology, ocean health, marine debris, with virtual lesson plans. Subjects include ecology, geography, art, English, climate change, plastic pollution.

Earth Month Lessons & Educational Activities


Albatross: Life on the Wind and Sea
A traveling exhibition from the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Caren Loebel-Fried, and Exhibit Envoy, based on the book A Perfect Day for an Albatross.

This online exhibition features images and text with accompanying audio and visual components, extra downloadable content, and activities to do in the classroom or at home. Also available as a physical traveling exhibit.

A Perfect Day for an Albatross - Published by Cornell Lab Publishing Group

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Click here for A Perfect Day for an Albatross – Teacher’s Guide (8 pages, free download)

A Perfect Day for an Albatross
Published by Cornell Lab Publishing Group

Trailer on YouTube

Praise for A Perfect Day for an Albatross:
The …illustrations… are bold and striking. The book ends with some factual information on albatross biology and conservation, helpful to answer questions that a child might raise… I can recommend Caren’s latest book to parents looking for a gift for their pre-teen child. It can only help install and encourage a respect and love for the magnificent beings that albatrosses truly are (link).
- John Cooper, Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) Information Officer

"A wonderful introduction to a magnificent sea bird, this vibrantly illustrated story belongs on every shelf."
- School Library Journal

"A Perfect Day for an Albatross is a perfect book for any child you love, a book of generous, inspired vision. It’s a beautiful story about these legendary birds in their ocean paradise."
- Carl Safina, author of Eye of the Albatross, and Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel.

"A compellingly beautiful picture book, Loebel-Fried’s captivating text is full of vivid descriptions and fun-to-say words that delight the ear and tongue. The book’s visual images are every bit as stunning, evoking seascapes and landscapes in deep, bright tones. Loebel-Fried’s powers of observation and her empathy with the natural world shine through."
- Beth Guldseth, American Birding Association (ABA)

"After spending five weeks on Midway Atoll counting albatrosses, Volcano author and artist Caren Loebel-Fried collaborated with Cornell Lab of Ornithology to create the ideal book for children and nature lovers of all ages. Both gorgeous and scientifically sound, as well as gracefully told…"
– Don Wallace, Honolulu Magazine

First in a new children's series from the Cornell Lab Publishing Group and award-winning author and artist, Caren Loebel-Fried, A Perfect Day for an Albatross sweeps you into an albatross’s world of wind, rolling seas, boisterous dancing, and their intense commitment to one another and their nestlings. Set on Midway Atoll, where 72 percent of the world’s Laysan Albatrosses make their nests, Malie, an albatross, must protect her egg until her mate returns. Join Malie as she dances, hunts, and soars over the ocean swells.

A Perfect Day for an Albatross is compatible with Bird QR for streaming sounds, video, and other content. Back matter includes a Bird QR link to watch live albatrosses on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology HD cam in Hawai'i.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

'Alala Love, by Caren Loebel-Fried

An original hand-pulled, hand-colored block print created for the Hawai'i Island Fesitval of Birds. Inspired by a photo taken by Jack Jeffrey in 1999, this Hawaiian crow pair was thought to be the last remaining couple in the wild. 'Alala, the Hawaiian crow, is 18-20", with black feathers tinged in brown. The last of the wild 'alala were found on the southwest slope of Mauna Loa in South Kona, Hawai'i at 4,000 to 6,000 feet. The crows traveled in family groups eating fruit, the eggs and young of other birds, nectar, seeds, insects, and dead animals. Now extinct in the wild, a captive breeding program at Keauhou Bird Conservation Center promises a hopeful future for Hawaiian crows.
Hawai'i Island Festival of Birds:

Art for Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

This piece of art was created by Caren Loebel-Fried for Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge to educate about its wildlife, its beautiful and historic lighthouse, and the Hawaiian cultural connection with this Kauai treasure. To learn more about Kilauea Point, and the work that USFWS is doing there, click here:

To learn about Kilauea Point Natural History Association, the non-profit organization that works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service team to support conservation, education, and preservation efforts for the precious wildlife of Kaua‘i, click here:

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Art for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle for Midway National Monument

This piece of art was created by Caren Loebel-Fried for the USFWS to celebrate and support Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, the Battle of Midway Memorial, and the deep Hawaiian roots throughout Papahanaumokuakea, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

To learn more about Midway Atoll, the wildlife, the Battle at Midway, and the work that USFWS is doing there, click here.

Caren observed Wisdom the laysan albatross while on Midway. Wisdom, the oldest known wild bird (over 64 years old) who is still laying eggs and raising chicks, was nesting in front of the room where Caren stayed. Wisdom is a great inspiration! Click here for info on Wisdom.

Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle for Midway 
                National Monument

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USFWS Passport Stamps

Drawings for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, for new Passport Stamps for the 26 Pacific Remote Refuges and Monuments

USFWS Passport Stamps

Ho`ailona, Hawaiian Monk Seal

Art work commissioned by the Conservation Council for Hawai'i’s annual wildlife poster, which will be distributed to all schools throughout the Hawaiian Islands in the Spring of 2014. Endemic to Hawai'i, the monk seal is the most endangered mammal in the world, with only about 1000 individuals left in Hawai'i. Learn More!

Conservation Council for Hawai’i:

Available for purchase now!

Proceeds from sales of this print go to CCH and protecting the Hawaiian Monk Seal.

Hawaiian Monk Seal

All artwork and text on these pages Copyright © 2002-2022 Caren Loebel-Fried. All rights reserved.