If You Were A Parrot

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If You Were A Parrot
This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were a pet parrot. Readers join four parrots their young, multicultural owners as they morph into four-toed parrots climbing around the house, then chew wooden spoons, popsicles—sticks and all—with hooked parrot beaks! The fun continues as children learn all about parrots and their adaptations.The “For Creative Minds" section has parrot fun facts, tips for taking care of a pet parrot and a “Make a Beak" craft.

This informational fictional story includes a 5-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 29-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. If You Were A Parrot is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Katherine Rawson, Illustrated by Sherry Rogers
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: AD 640, AR: 3.5, F&P: M
Hardcover 9780976494393 $15.95  
Paperback 9781607181187 $8.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553635 $11.95  
EBook 9781607182573 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628550887 Purchase Here
Keywords:   physical adaptation, birds, parrots, adaptations, life science, adaptations, bird classification, craft, informational fiction
Animals in the book:   African grey parrot, blue and gold macaw, Nanday conure parrot, scarlet macaw
Vetters:   Thanks to educators and scientists at SeaWorld Orlando and the National Aviary for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book as well as the For Creative Minds educational section.


Rawson and Rogers explore the world of parrots in this vibrant celebration of children's imaginative play. This is a book worth squawking about. - School Library Journal

Children need more books like this ones that intrigue them and widen their view of the world. They will love the colorful illustrations and will pick it up again and again.- Rutgers University

Along with the fun story, the author has included two full pages of fun parrot facts, along with a cute craft idea and further information for those who may be considering getting a pet parrot. - The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Author/Illustrator Info:

Katherine Rawson (If You Were a Parrot) was inspired to write this book by watching her own pet parrot, Shadow, a small green parrot with a big personality. (Shadow even has his own blog!) When Katherine is not playing with, reading or writing about parrots, she teaches English as a Second Language at a community college and works as a freelance writer. She is a former elementary school teacher. Katherine lives in Vermont.

Sherry Rogers spent twelve years as a corporate graphic designer and artist before "leaving it all behind" for the freelance world of illustrating children's books. Through illustrating The First Fire, Sherry remembers her own ancestor, Na Ni, a Cherokee woman from the mountains of North Carolina. Some of Sherry's other Arbordale titles include The Penguin Lady, Ten for Me, Hey Diddle Diddle, Newton and Me, Moose and Magpie, Paws, Claws, Hands & Feet, and The Deductive Detective; as well as her award-winning titles: Sort It Out!, Kersplatypus, Burro's Tortillas, and If You Were a Parrot. Sherry lives in Northern California with her family and their pets. Visit her website at sherry-rogers.com.


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