By: Katherine Rawson
Illustrated by: Sherry Rogers
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
Publication Date: March 2010
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: March 2010
What would it be like if you were a parrot? Would you squawk, chew wood and love to eat popsicles, sticks and all? If You Were A Parrot answers these questions and more as it takes young inquisitive readers on a fun romp into the world of our feathered friends.
Rather than talk about the typical bird ability – you could fly – this book tackles other attributes of birds and shows what it would be like to have that feature. The book opens with: “If you were a parrot, you would have two feet, Just like you do now, but…You would only have four toes on each foot, And two of them would point backwards.” The accompanying picture shows a parrot standing on a dresser, wings outspread, laughing while his adorable young human friend sits on the floor with four-toed feet, with an amazed, and comically, expression.
The following pages show various pet parrots doing what they do best around the house, eating, squawking, splashing in water, and chewing the wooden legs of furniture, all accompanied by children who have grown beaks, feathers, and funny bird feet. If You Were A Parrot offers page after page of funny possibilities for children to imagine.
If You Were A Parrot is beautifully illustrated with vibrantly colored parrots playing with children in all sorts of settings. From climbing a potted fig tree to looking in the bathroom mirror, parrots and children come to life. Indeed, the illustrations are a big part of why this book works so well. As a parrot owner myself, I can attest to the realistic portrayal of the birds. The illustrations capture their personalities perfectly.
At the back of the book is a page “For Creative Minds” with facts about birds, a cut-out beak so young readers can make their own beaks, and finally, a page devoted to “Are you ready for a pet parrot?” In addition, the publisher has set up cross-curricular lesson plans for this and their other books. Visit SylvanDellPublishing.com for more information.
Quill says: If You Were A Parrot will have young children squawking with glee and spouting off parrot facts to their parents.