TITLE: KAKAPO RESCUE: SAVING THE WORLD’S STRANGEST PARROT (Scientists in the Field Series)
AUTHOR: Sy Montgomery
PHOTOGRAPHER: Nic Bishop
PUBLICATION INFO: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010
SOURCE: Personal library
INTENDED AUDIENCE: grades 5-8
GENRE: picture book (nonfiction)
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“It’s hours past midnight. You’d think any self-respecting parrot would be asleep. But not Lisa.”
Sy Montgomery follows conservationists to Codfish Island in New Zealand, a stone’s throw from Antarctica. The conservationists’ mission: to expand the population of the kakapo, the “rarest and heaviest parrot, the only flightless night-active parrot, and undoubtedly the strangest parrot in the world,” as Montgomery writes. By 1995, only 51 kakapo existed anywhere on earth.
THEMES/TOPICS: endangered species, science, conservation
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I love the Scientist in the Field series. THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS was another in the series. Through the books, students can actually learn what different scientist jobs are like on a daily basis.
- Kakapo Recovery has a wonderful Kids’ Page. Read ranger diaries. Hear the kakapo’s unique calls.
- Teacher Sharon Stock has designed a number of classroom activities, which are available on the series Web site.
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