Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds
- About the Book
Caren Loebel-Fried is an award-winning author and artist from Volcano, Hawai‘i. Plants, birds, conservation, and the natural world are the foundations for her work. Caren has created seven storybooks to date, including Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits and Hawaiian Legends of Dreams, all made with the ancient art of block printing, taught to her by her mother. Caren’s 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.
In addition to books, Caren creates iconic, educational art for local and national conservation organizations and government agencies, including the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Kilauea Point Natural History Association, and Conservation Council for Hawai‘i. In the Hawaiian rainforest, she lives among many native plant and bird species. Caren spent five weeks on Midway Atoll counting and researching albatrosses and the native plants there. Caren aims to bring people, especially children, closer to the natural world with the hope that they will want to help care for it.