Thursday, 7 August 2014

Review: 'About Parrots' by Cathryn Sill

About Parrots: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill, Illustrated by John Sill, 2014, Peachtree, $16.95, hardbound, 43 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: attractive. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.  

This book is a wonderful first look at the world of nature, in particular the world of the parrot. Using simple language, Sill explains what parrots look like, how they use their feet, what they eat, how they use their bills and tongues, where they live, and more. 

Firstly, Sill describes the common traits shared by all parrots; then she goes into some of the differences among various types of parrots. John Sill's excellent colour illustrations vividly reveal to the reader what these beautiful birds look like. 

In the afterword, Cathryn Sill goes into more detail for older readers who want more information. Here readers will learn that there are over 350 species of parrots; that parrots' feet are zygodactyl (meaning each foot has two toes facing forwards and two facing backwards); that parrots are the only birds who can use their feet the way we use our hands to bring food to their mouths; and much, much more.    

This is both an entertaining and educational book.

If you like this one, try: About Birds, by Cathryn Sill; About Raptors, by Cathryn Sill. 

Don't forget to check out the other sites on the tour:
Kid Lit Frenzy
and tomorrow:
The Fourth Musketeer

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Peachtree Blog Tour Schedule

We're participating in another blog tour with Peachtree! Be sure to check out the other sites this week: 

Jean Little Library

Geo Librarian and Kid Lit Reviews

Chat with Vera

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