Rescue of Balangoda

The Rescue of Balangoda is a children’s book illustrated by the fourth and fifth graders of Altizer Elementary School.

The heart of Rescue of Balangoda is its strong focus on the concept of conservation. It is a fictional story about a pair of intergalactic youngsters who save two species of birds from extinction.

Rescue of the Balangoda is a fun, positive sci-fi narrative, good for younger readers, second through fourth graders who like their planetary journeys on the light side, with more focus on friendship and saving the birds, than technology or bloody battles in space! (But it has enough bad guys, heroes and heroines, and strange alien life forms to keep the most resistant young reader engaged.)

Se-laya’s a determined fighter and her perseverance makes her a good heroine. Ptisic provides the more reluctant male hero, who must overcome ambition and greedy adversaries to do the right thing.  The setting and plot provides a strong framework for the fantastical. As a pair, the fan-eared Se-laya and cobalt blue Ptisic will appeal to lots of young readers.

Enjoy reading. Save the birds.

Rescue of Balangoda is available at

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