Books, Nature


TITLE: Parrots Over Puerto Rico

AUTHOR: Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore


PUBLICATION INFO: Lee and Low, 2013

ISBN: 9781620140048

SOURCE:  library

INTENDED AUDIENCE: grades 1 to 6

GENRE: picture book (nonfiction)


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.


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  1. My favorite authors/illustrator. I want to read this book. I’ve seen it elsewhere. They are such a great team. My favorite book is “The Mangrove Trees.” I tried clicking on your link earlier and got a video with no blog.

  2. So glad you picked this book to post today! It’s one that I originally flipped through because the art was interesting, and then it drew me in further and further. A rare gem! Did hear tell something was missing about parrot toes, worth looking into!

  3. I love the illustrations too. The link sent me to a you tube video on Susanna’s page. I mentioned it in the comments, so maybe she can fix it.

  4. I’ve heard a lot about this book, and it’s so neat this Lee & Low book won an honor award. I like Susan Roth’s illustrations!

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