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If You Were a Parrot Hardcover – August 10, 2006


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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (August 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976494396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976494393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your kids or grandkids will love this book.
Hawley
Young children will have so much fun imitating the parrots and parrot-children in this book.
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You are able to get a real sense of what it is really like living with a parrot!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Farnsworth on August 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We just got our delivery of the Parrot book yesterday from Amazon, It is a masterpiece. I bought a bunch because I love them so much and we give them as gifts to our friends and families kids. We probably have 200 hundred children's books (we have read to our children to bed since they were born and still do) and I can honestly say there is not one that has such rich illustration and detail as yours. Keep up the good work, my kids love them and so do our friends kids. The paintings keep my kids attention like no other books we have. You definitely have a fan in me as well as my children. Thanks again for doing such a great job and making so many kids enjoy your books and art. You are truly an inspiration to those who aspire to draw. Keep up the good work, we look forward to many more.

The other book the illustrator did was Counting Little Geckos. If you get the Parrot book you must get her other one, the Counting Little Geckos. I was so impressed by the illustration I bought a bunch of them as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy Author Sandy Lender on January 15, 2014
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While this children’s book was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in 2006, it has truly disturbing images that depict children morphing into parrots. That sounds cute on the surface and the concept is used to teach children—cleverly, I must say—about characteristics of birds. The illustrations of parrots are generally cute throughout the book with adorable laughing beaks and curved, closed eyelids to show happy birds. I just couldn’t get past the creepiness of children with four toes—two of which were turned backward. The book includes a craft section that lets children create a beak to wear and a section that teaches about different species in different parts of the world. Another page offers the perils of owning a pet parrot. While these supplementary pages to the “main” portion of the book are interesting and appear to be factually correct, they’re obviously for a parent or teacher to use. The book seems to have that split personality where it morphs into a textbook for homeschooling. That's not a bad concept! But that's something to keep in mind when selecting the item.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Hadding on September 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Thoroughly engaging and delightful!

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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donny B. Seagraves on March 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This fun 330-word picture book encourages the young reader to enter a fantasy world in which he imagines himself to be a parrot. Parrot behaviors are pictured, often with the child in the story imitating them.

I like the Creative Minds page cautioning people to think carefully about the work, expense and inconvenience before one gets a parrot for a pet. I thin the page with the black and white world map could have been color-coordinated to help the child determine the different regions where the various parrots are from.

I think children would love making their own beaks.

Overall, this is a delightful book suitable for young children who love parrots and like a good time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Nielson on August 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Please pass the crackers! Kids and Parrots and Parents alike will love this new book! Katherine Rawson's delightful imagination and Sherry Roger's enchanting illustrations will capture any child's attention. Best for the elementary school set, this book can also be a great addition to any preschoolers library. With every page a new and unusual illustration depicts the cutest of kids in some kind of parrot/child form.

And if that isn't enough there is an added supplement at the back of the book that allows parents, teachers, and children to explore parrot facts, parrots as pets and parrot crafts!

I liked this book so much I bought TWO! (I had to keep one just for myself)
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