Author and artist Caren Loebel-Fried reads her new book, Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds, 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, and how we can all make a difference for wildlife.
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Presentation length: 22 minutes
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About the Presenter
Caren Loebel-Fried, Artist and Author
Caren Loebel-Fried is an award-winning author and artist from Volcano, Hawai`i. Birds, conservation, and the natural world are the foundations for her work. Caren has created eight storybooks to date, including Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds published by UH Press, and A Perfect Day for an Albatross published by Cornell Lab Publishing Group. Her books have been recipients of the American Folklore Society’s Aesop Prize for Children’s Folklore and the Hawai`i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards. Caren also creates iconic, educational art for conservation organizations and government agencies, including US Fish & Wildlife Service, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Kilauea Point Natural History Association, and Conservation Council for Hawai`i. Caren aims to bring people closer to the natural world in the hope that they will want to help care for it.