If You Were a Parrot

If You Were a Parrot

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by Katherine Rawson, Sherry Rogers
     
 

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"If You Were a Parrot" is a whimsical book that has the child imagining what life would be like if he or she were a pet parrot. The parrot�s special feet allow it to climb curtains, bookshelves, and plants. The hooked beak lets the parrot chew all kinds of great food: seeds, nuts, chair legs, popsicles - sticks and all, and even a telephone directory! Join the parrot… See more details below

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"If You Were a Parrot" is a whimsical book that has the child imagining what life would be like if he or she were a pet parrot. The parrot�s special feet allow it to climb curtains, bookshelves, and plants. The hooked beak lets the parrot chew all kinds of great food: seeds, nuts, chair legs, popsicles - sticks and all, and even a telephone directory! Join the parrot as it goes through its daily routine of climbing, chewing, eating, bathing, and finally, snuggling down for the night after a long day of parrot fun. The Creative Mind section has parrot teaching trivia, crafts and games to supplement learning.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
An attractive cover consists of children and parrots. The parrots, as well as the children, have beaks! Their smiling, happy faces show that they are having a great time and it encourages the readers to open the book for more fun. A fast-paced humorous text keeps the story moving. Dazzling illustrations help the readers imagine how it would feel to be a parrot and how it would look. Engaging text consists of such concepts of backwards, up, all around, and in and out, to the top. The words are highlighted and have a font set apart from the regular text. This feature makes it easy for readers to read along after going through the book one or two times. Some other highlighted words are squawk, screech, laugh, climbing, chewing, preening. As with all Sylvan Dell books, end material consists of fun facts and a craft (this one is to make a beak). In addition, informative explains the responsibility of owning a parrot. Add this book to all libraries and to your private collection if possible. The material could supplement science or animal classes.
Children's Literature - Ginjer L. Clarke
This colorfully illustrated look at what would happen if a kid became a parrot presents unusual, amusing situations and interesting information about parrots. Different characters are shown climbing, chewing, squawking and mimicking, and bathing and preening like parrots. The images of kids with parrot parts are oddly arresting and yet fun. The book also provides a "For Creative Minds" section at the end with parrot fun facts, a make-a-beak craft, and information about owning a pet parrot. This original concept and the delightfully silly pictures will draw kids into the world of pretending to be a parrot (perhaps to the dismay of some parents).
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Rawson and Rogers explore the world of parrots in this vibrant celebration of children's imaginative play. Rogers's rounded digital paintings place each fact about these birds squarely in the world of a real child-a girl displays her parrot feet as she plays with her crayons: "If you were a parrot, you would have two feet, just like you do now, but-you would have four toes on each foot, and two of them would point backwards." A youngster with a parrot beak chews on her colored pencils: "If you were a parrot, you would have a sharp, hooked beak. To keep your beak in shape, you would have to chew things-pencils, wooden spoons, the legs of chairs, and maybe even the entire telephone directory." The rich colors used in each scene honor the different parrots featured in the book-Nanday conures, Scarlet Macaws, Blue and Gold Macaws, and African Greys-as well as the children's imaginations. The book concludes with a section of facts about parrots and a pattern for a parrot beak that can be downloaded from the publisher's Web site. This is a book worth squawking about.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Four young children find out what it might be like to have the feet, beak, voice and feathers of a parrot in this delightfully informative up-close look at a favorite feathered friend. With parrot feet, nothing would be out of climbing range since two toes point forward, two backward. A parrot beak is strong and sharp, capable of easily cracking open seeds and nuts; chewing on things helps keep it in shape. Squawks and screeches help communicate joy and anger, while clever parrots can learn to imitate people's words and environmental sounds (like ringing telephones). Finally, parrots care for their feathers with frequent baths and lots of preening. Rogers's brightly colored illustrations truly put the toes on the other foot, so to speak, showing each child with parrot features and engaging in parrot activities. She also nicely demonstrates the diversity within the parrot family with four of the over 300 species. Backmatter includes more facts about parrots and birds in general, a make-a-beak craft and a page explaining the responsibilities involved in owning a parrot. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976494393
Publisher:
Sylvan Dell Publishing
Publication date:
08/10/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,233,508
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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