Blu is a rare species of macaw who resides, perhaps not quite logically at a Minnesota bookstore. Convinced that he is the last of his species, he is resigned to his solitary fate until he learns that another rare macaw (and a female at that!) lives in Rio de Janeiro. Only one thing keeps him from darting to her immediately: his deep-seated fear of flying. (Hand-selling tip: These beginning readers are movie tie-ins for the much-ballyhooed 3-D 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios computer-animated film that features voices by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, and Neil Patrick Harris. The film premieres on April 8th.)
Blu, a rare blue Spix's Macaw, travels to Rio to save his species. There he meets the only other bird of his kind, Jewel, along with a host of other colorful characters.
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Catherine Hapka is the author of many books for children of all ages. She is too tall to ride ponies, though her mare, Gerri, still looks like one. Catherine takes riding lessons twice a week and lives on a farm with Gerri, three goats, a small flock of chickens, and too many cats.
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