TITLE: Parrots Over Puerto Rico
ILLUSTRATOR: Susan L. Roth
PUBLICATION INFO: Lee and Low, 2013
INTENDED AUDIENCE: grades 1 to 6
GENRE: picture book (nonfiction)
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home.”
From the publisher: “Puerto Rican parrots, once abundant, came perilously close to extinction in the 1960s due to centuries of foreign exploration and occupation, development, and habitat destruction. In this compelling book, Roth and Trumbore recount the efforts of the scientists of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save the parrots and ensure their future. Woven into the parrots’ story is a brief history of Puerto Rico itself, from before the first human settlers to the present day.”
THEMES/TOPICS: animals, nature, history
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of Susan Roth’s captivating images. The parrots pop off the page in a cacophony of colors. Kids will want to reach out and touch the three-dimensional fabric pictures. The text is a twin tale of Puerto Rico’s development and the parrots’ decline. Every page has a paragraph devoted to each topic. I think my favorite part, though, was the “Afterword,” which explains the parrot conservation efforts of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program.
- YouTube video about conservation efforts.
- Audobon article about the parrots
- Learn more about the parrots from the Fish and Wildlife Service.
- USDA site on the Puerto Rican parrot.
- Parrot coloring book (Spanish)
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