by Cathryn Sill; Illustrated by John Sill
Peachtree Publishers (August 1, 2014)
Interest Level: Kindergarten to Third
Nonfiction * Parrots
Through simple language and beautifully detailed paintings, this guide describes the characteristics of different types of parrots - from the colorful Blue Lorikeets of the Polynesian Islands to the Rosy-faced Lovebirds of southwestern Africa.
My thoughts on the book:
In About Parrots, young readers learn about 17 of the 350 types of parrots that are present in the world. The book examines how these parrots are similar rather than focusing on their differences. From the types of their heads to their legs and feet to how they climb and eat, the story draws in readers with vibrant watercolor paintings and simple text.
Readers learn about the variety of sizes and different places that they live and their ways of communicating with one another.
Parrots stay together for safety and live in a variety of nests, trees, or burrows. About Parrots: A Guide for Children is a solid and very colorful introduction to parrots for young children.
Though About Parrots would make a wonderful read aloud or independent reading experience for primary students, the addition of the afterword provides students in grades 3 and up with more in-depth facts about the various parrots referenced in the story.
The author also included a glossary, and some additional resources for readers to expand their knowledge of parrots.
Look for a copy of About Parrots: A Guide for Children at your local indie bookstore or public library.
About the author and illustrator:
Cathryn Sill - a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.
John Sill - holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina.
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