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IF YOU WERE A PARROT by Katherine Rawson


by Katherine Rawson & illustrated by Sherry Rogers

Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 2006
ISBN: 0-9764943-9-6
Publisher: Sylvan Dell

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)