by Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)
Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home…These are Puerto Rican parrots. They lived on this island for millions of years, and then they nearly vanished from the earth forever.
Puerto Rican parrots, once abundant, came perilously close to extinction in the 1960s due to centuries of foreign exploration and occupation, development, and habitat destruction. In this compelling book, Roth and Trumbore recount the efforts of the scientists of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save the parrots and ensure their future. Woven into the parrots' story is a brief history of Puerto Rico itself, from before the first human settlers to the present day.
With striking collage illustrations, a unique format, and engaging storytelling, Parrots Over Puerto Rico invites readers to witness the amazing recovery efforts that have enabled Puerto Rican parrots to fly over their island once again.
Winner of the 2014 Robert F. Sibert Medal
Parrots Over Puerto Rico
Cindy Kane began her children's publishing career in the 1980s, rising to a position as senior editor at Bantam Books for Young Readers before moving on to hardcover children's books. She was editor-in-chief of Four Winds Press/Macmillan from 1987-1991 and executive editor (1991-1998) and editorial director (1998-1999) of Dial Books for Young Readers. Books she has edited include the Newbery Honor book A Long Way From Chicago and Newbery Medal winner A Year Down Yonder, both by Richard Peck, and Behind the Secret Window by Nelly Toll, winner of the 1994 International Reading Association Award. After moving to educational publishing, she served as a supervising editor with Pearson Education from 1999 to 2007, editing classroom materials in Reading and Language Arts, and is currently a curriculum supervisor with an educational developer.
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 9/15/2013
Age range: 8 - 11 Years
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Birds
- People & Places | Caribbean & Latin America - Puerto Rican parrot
-Conservation - Endangered species -Puerto Rico - Natural history
-Environmental conditions - Parrots
- Cultural Region | Latin America - Ethnic Orientation | Latino
- Caribbean & West Indies