Reviews for Parrots over Puerto Rico

by by Susan L Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L Roth

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An ambitious project: The text on each vibrant, double-page collage, arranged vertically, intersperses the near-extinction and slow comeback of the Puerto Rican parrot with over 2,000 years of human history. "Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home.[T]hey nearly vanished from the earth forever. This is their story." From this dramatic beginning onward, both artwork and text encourage slow absorption of each spread before the turn of the page. Various peoples--from unnamed aboriginals to Tanos, Europeans, Africans and eventually North Americans--brought with them new flora, fauna and habits, all contributing to the demise of the native birds. Finally, in 1968, two governments began the work that continues today to restore the wild flocks. There are fascinating details about a 1539 fortress wall, leather jackets worn by parrots during hawk-avoidance training and materials used to mend an injured wing. The onomatopoeic derivation of the parrots' Tano name, iguaca, is developed nicely in its repeated use as the parrots' call. By turns poetic and scientific, the text offers a wealth of information. Every paper-and-fabric collage is frame-worthy, from depictions of waterfalls and rain forest to sailing ships, hazards and, of course, parrots. From the commanding cover illustration to the playful image on the back, simply spectacular. (afterword, photos, chronology, sources) (Informational picture book. 8-14)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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This gorgeously illustrated history of the endangered Puerto Rican parrot underscores the environmental consequences of human populations on indigenous animal species. With stunning paper-and-fabric artwork, the book is laid out vertically to give a sense of height. Ruffly-feathered parrots, colorfully clothed people, and Puerto Rican landmarks are located within dense, intricate illustrations that capture the lushness of the landscape. Timeline. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.