About Parrots: A Guide for Children

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In this appealing addition to the acclaimed About... series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what parrots are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. Illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a variety of parrots, from the colorful Blue Lorikeets of the Polynesian Islands to the Rosy-faced Lovebirds of southwestern Africa. An afterword provides details on the parrots featured and inspires ...

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Overview

In this appealing addition to the acclaimed About... series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what parrots are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. Illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a variety of parrots, from the colorful Blue Lorikeets of the Polynesian Islands to the Rosy-faced Lovebirds of southwestern Africa. An afterword provides details on the parrots featured and inspires readers to learn more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This beautifully illustrated text with its simple but straightforward information on parrots is a great choice for teachers and parents alike. Eighteen pictures/plates are found on the right of each two-page section with information about parrots found on the left. The text is easy to see and easy to read for younger readers and the pictures will certainly aid their comprehension as they connect the two. An afterward provides additional information about parrots to go with each plate created by the illustrator, and this information will certainly help parents and/or teachers guide the young person’s understanding of the text and help them know where to look for additional information. A useful glossary of more challenging words, suggestions for further reading, and additional resources that are more adult oriented are helpful additions. This book is a great choice for elementary libraries. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 1–3—Eighteen species of parrots are featured in a series of attractive spreads. While young bird enthusiasts will appreciate the simple text of the book, with only a single sentence per page, older readers will enjoy the in-depth information found toward the end of the book. For instance, a spread featuring a kakapo reads simply, "It is important to protect parrots and the places where they live," while the corresponding paragraph at the back of the book goes into more depth, describing the kakapos as flightless parrots that live on the ground, leaving them vulnerable to cats and rats introduced by humans, resulting in their near extinction. The author offers solid material, including food for thought about the pet parrot industry and the risk of disappearing habitats. The watercolor paintings are real showstoppers—the parrots stand out like jewels against muted landscapes. With this volume, the Sills add another respectful examination of wildlife to their noteworthy repertoire.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-18
A vibrant variety of parrots is portrayed in clear, vivid watercolor illustrations with a simple text describing physical characteristics and habits.Each full-color plate shows one or two parrot species in the appropriate habitat in flight, feeding or nesting. The paintings occupy the right of each two-page opening, with a single sentence on the left side pitched for very young readers and listeners. More information appears in the brief but rich backmatter paragraphs, with one paragraph per plate. The text could have been further enriched with maps and size charts: “Some parrots are big. Others are small.” The contrasting sizes of the hyacinth macaws and buff-faced pygmy parrots that appear in the accompanying picture are mentioned in the backmatter—but a young audience might want to know the relative sizes of others. Too, a visual guide to the locations of parrot species might help readers who are wondering how close a parrot habitat might be found. Readers encountering this book on its own will learn that parrots are birds but will need to know that birds have feathers and lay eggs—neither is specifically addressed. While vocalizations are mentioned, readers wanting to know which ones can “talk” with humans will be disappointed.Overall, though, this is a uniquely attractive work with which to round out the bird section, and it is overall an appealing and comprehensive introduction. (Informational picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561457953
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2014
  • Sales rank: 807,932
  • Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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