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Parrots Over Puerto Rico

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PARROTS FC hi res smallPARROTS OVER PUERTO RICO by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth; ages 6 and up; Lee & Low Books, Fall 2013

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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7 thoughts on “Parrots Over Puerto Rico

  1. Louise,

    Love the parrot book. It has so much history as well as good information about trying to save an endangered species.

    I am participating in a blog tour today for Vicki Oransky Wittenstein’s For the Good of Mankind?: The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation at http://blog.growingwithscience.com/2013/11/for-the-good-of-mankind-blog-tour/

    Have a good weekend!

  2. Yes, this one looks very cool. Thanks for sharing it.

    At Tamarack Writes today I have the true story of Wangari Matthai, who reforested Kenya with her Nobel Peace Prize winning efforts to plant trees- in Picture book form! http://tamarackwrites.blogspot.com/2013/11/wangaris-trees-of-peace.html

    Happy STEM Friday!

  3. Parrots over Puerto Rico looks like a “must read”! Thanks for sharing it.
    At Sally’s Bookshelf I’ve posted a review of “Shark Baby” by Ann Downer.
    http://sallysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2013/11/shark-babies-in-ocean.html

  4. Archimedes has birds on the brain, too…. not parrots, but the locals who stick around the yard gleaning sunflower and thistle seeds and enjoying the free lunches at backyard feeders. It’s also about recycling your pumpkins as feeders. http://archimedesnotebook.blogspot.com/2013/11/recycle-your-pumpkin-into-bird-feeder.html

  5. Amanda mentioned a book about Wangari Matthai, and I just wanted to mention our book on Wangari, called Seeds of Change. You can find more info. about the book here: http://www.leeandlow.com/books/381/hc/seeds_of_change_planting_a_path_to_peace

  6. Jason, I saw that one too online- looks equally good :)

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