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If You Were a Parrot (NOOK Comic with Zoom View)

If You Were a Parrot (NOOK Comic with Zoom View)

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by Katherine Rawson

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This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were a pet parrot. Readers join four parrots their young, multicultural owners as they morph into four-toed parrots climbing around the house, then chew wooden spoons, popsicles—sticks and all—with hooked parrot beaks! The fun continues as children learn all about parrots and their


This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were a pet parrot. Readers join four parrots their young, multicultural owners as they morph into four-toed parrots climbing around the house, then chew wooden spoons, popsicles—sticks and all—with hooked parrot beaks! The fun continues as children learn all about parrots and their adaptations.The “For Creative Minds” section has parrot fun facts, tips for taking care of a pet parrot and a “Make a Beak” craft.

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)

Product Details

Arbordale Publishing
Publication date:
If You Were A Parrot , #1
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Barnes & Noble
Sales rank:
AD640L (what's this?)
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine Rawson (If You Were a Parrot) was inspired to write this book by watching her own pet parrot, Shadow, a small green parrot with a big personality. (Shadow even has his own blog!) When Katherine is not playing with, reading or writing about parrots, she teaches English as a Second Language at a community college and works as a freelance writer. She is a former elementary school teacher. Katherine lives in Vermont.

Sherry Rogers spent twelve years as a corporate graphic designer and artist before “leaving it all behind” for the freelance world of illustrating children’s books. Through illustrating The First Fire, Sherry remembers her own ancestor, Na Ni, a Cherokee woman from the mountains of North Carolina. Some of Sherry’s other Sylvan Dell titles include The Penguin Lady, Ten for Me, Hey Diddle Diddle, Newton and Me, Moose and Magpie, Paws, Claws, Hands & Feet, and The Deductive Detective; as well as her award-winning titles: Sort It Out!, Kersplatypus,Burro’s Tortillas, and If You Were a Parrot. Sherry lives in Northern California with her family and their pets.

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If You Were a Parrot 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
What would it be like if you were a parrot? Would you squawk, chew wood and love to eat popsicles, sticks and all? If You Were A Parrot answers these questions and more as it takes young inquisitive readers on a fun romp into the world of our feathered friends. Rather than talk about the typical bird ability - you could fly - this book tackles other attributes of birds and shows what it would be like to have that feature. The book opens with: "If you were a parrot, you would have two feet, Just like you do now, but.You would only have four toes on each foot, And two of them would point backwards." The accompanying picture shows a parrot standing on a dresser, wings outspread, laughing while his adorable young human friend sits on the floor with four-toed feet, with an amazed, and comically, expression. The following pages show various pet parrots doing what they do best around the house, eating, squawking, splashing in water, and chewing the wooden legs of furniture, all accompanied by children who have grown beaks, feathers, and funny bird feet. If You Were A Parrot offers page after page of funny possibilities for children to imagine. If You Were A Parrot is beautifully illustrated with vibrantly colored parrots playing with children in all sorts of settings. From climbing a potted fig tree to looking in the bathroom mirror, parrots and children come to life. Indeed, the illustrations are a big part of why this book works so well. As a parrot owner myself, I can attest to the realistic portrayal of the birds. The illustrations capture their personalities perfectly. At the back of the book is a page "For Creative Minds" with facts about birds, a cut-out beak so young readers can make their own beaks, and finally, a page devoted to "Are you ready for a pet parrot?" In addition, the publisher has set up cross-curricular lesson plans for this and their other books. Quill says: If You Were A Parrot will have young children squawking with glee and spouting off parrot facts to their parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What would it be like if you were a parrot? This enjoyable book tells you just how it would be to be a parrot throughout your day. You would even eat a popsicle, stick and all! Author Katherine Rawson writes about parrot behavior and preferences in an amusing, informative way. Sherry Rogers illustrations enhance the text with dramatic scenes showing parrot behavior by painting children with beaks, claws, and the abilities to climb curtains and imitate phones. Young children will have so much fun imitating the parrots and parrot-children in this book. There is even a fact sheet in the back that tells children how to care for a pet parrot. This is a fun book for children ages 3 ¿ 8.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that plays on a child's curious imagination. The illustrations are beautifully executed, colorful and fun. I especially enjoyed the parrot facts at the end of the book. This book has a universal appeal with the children of various cultures. Very nice pairing of author and illustrator.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beautiful illustrations in 'If You Were a Parrot' draw you in to the nature of parrots and children! After the wonderful drawings and the fun, interactive project at the end of the book, there is some factual information about parrots as well. I am looking forward to seeing more from this talented illustrator-writing pair.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an imaginative journey into a parrots world. The colorful illustrations are a delight. The children and their antics are great fun! A great read for elementary school age children with the addition of fun and interesting facts about sharing your home with a pet parrot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book and just thought it was the most adorable book! It came alive through the kids and each of their faces at how much fun they were having being a parrott! Excellent book! The book really gave a child insider views on parrotts and what each part of a parrott was and what it entailed to be one! It was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a sure-fire kid pleaser. They'll laugh over the parrot-like antics of the children, and they'll ooh and aah over the vibrant illustrations. Then they'll rush to copy the beak pattern in the back of the book so they can join the fun. Parents and teachers are sure to appreciate the Fun Facts which will enable them to extend children's knowledge of parrots. And should youngsters beg for a parrot, the truthful facts on parrot care will let them know what to expect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very entertaining book that has children taking on various attributes of a parrot. The illustrations are remarkable. Especially of four different types of parrots that the reader can find out more about in the 'For Creative Minds' section and it even has instructions for a craft. Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a riot! The characters and their silly antics are so accurately depicted, you instantly bond with these feathery friends . The illustrations truly bring this book to life. They are creative, engaging and warm. The colors are rich, incredibly vibrant and leave you wanting more. There are a lot of parrot facts and details here, yet they are illustrated in such a fun and endearing way, that you end up learning more about these fabulous birds and their behaviors, without it being obvious. One truly gets the feel for what it would be like to be a parrot. I should know, I have five of them including a loveable Nanday! Yes...they do love to cuddle and splash, play tricks and hide. This is a wonderful resource book for your classroom, whether you homeschool, or teach private, or public school. Many key words and phrases are highlighted in big, bold lettering, that can be reviewed later and used as additional spelling, or vocabulary words. There are also several key pages at the end of the book, like the Creative Minds pages filled with fun parrot facts and a bit of geography. Then there are the Make a Beak pages with their cool trace and make parrot beaks. Your kids can make and wear these in class, while they discuss key features in this story, quiz their parrot facts and geography, or brainstorm, write and illustrate their own If You Were A Parrot stories. This story ends with an informative Are You Ready For A Pet Parrot page. Here you will find additional information for the care and keep of parrots. This entertaining tale is jam packed with treasures for the heart and mind. If you're hungry for some parrot fun, feast your eyes on this story book and see what its like to be a parrot. Vivian Hadding