Kids care about animals. Kids care about the environment. Parrots Over Puerto Rico engages these interests with stunning collage illustrations and high-interest narrative that is both poetic and scientific. This book presents a fascinating look at the beautiful, raucous Puerto Rican parrots, their environment, and the efforts that have been made to ensure the future of these endangered birds.
Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home. They lived on this island for millions of years, and then they almost vanished from the earth.
For centuries beautiful, Puerto Rican parrots and the settlers on the island of Puerto Rico hunted for food, survived hurricanes, raised their young, and protected their homes. But then things began to change, and in time the trees in which the parrots nested were destroyed. By 1967, only twenty-four Puerto Rican parrots were left in the wild. Humans had nearly caused their extinction. Could humans now save the parrots?
Readers will come away with an appreciation for Puerto Rico, its rare parrots, and the dedicated scientists who work to keep Puerto Rican parrots flying over their island home. The book is a “triumphant reminder of the inescapable connection between people’s actions and the animals in the wild.” (Booklist)
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