From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 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
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Rawson and Rogers explore the world of parrots in this vibrant celebration of children's imaginative play. This is a book worth squawking about. --School Library Journal
Children need more books like this; ones that intrigue them and widen their view of the world. They will love the colorful illustrations and will pick it up again and again. --Rutgers University
Play and imagination are great tools that encourage children's learning. If I were a teacher with pre-school learners, this would be an excellent resource for teaching bird classification, parrot adaptation, and caring for pets. --Epinions.com