Academic journal article Language Arts

Parrots over Puerto Rico

Academic journal article Language Arts

Parrots over Puerto Rico

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Parrots over Puerto Rico Written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore Illustrated by Susan L. Roth Lee & Low, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 62014-004-8

The bright blue and glowing green feathers of Puerto Rican parrots dazzle the reader on almost every page of this book. These birds, known as iguacas because of the sound that they make, came so close to extinction that their beauty has become all the more precious. Roth and Trumbore skillfully integrate the story of the parrots with the history of Puerto Rico. In prehistoric times, hundreds of thousands of parrots inhabited the thick forests of the island, but increasing numbers of human settlers had a disastrous impact on the land and habitat of these stunning birds. Trees were cut down, and newcomers from around the world brought to the region both black rats that ate parrot eggs and honeybees that swarmed the bird nests. In 1967, when only 24 parrots still lived in the diminished forests, Puerto Ricans decided to work together to create the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program. Today, parrots once again fly over Puerto Rico and are increasing in number.

The vertical-opening design of this book allows the reader to feel the height of the trees and to look up to see the blue patches high in the branches. …

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