Parrots Over Puerto Rico (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner)

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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."

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SUSAN L. ROTH's unique mixed-media collage illustrations have appeared in numerous award-winning children s books, many of which she also wrote. Her book Parrots Over Puerto Rico won the Robert F. Sibert Medal for Nonfiction from the American Library Association. About the illustrations for this book Roth says, "I cut blade after blade of grass to fill the prairies. I guess I cut about fifty billion!"Roth lives in New York.



CINDY TRUMBORE has been involved with young people's literature for most of her career. A former editor in children's book publishing, she now writes children's books, edits books for classrooms, and teaches writing. Trumbore was inspired to tell the story of the Puerto Rican parrots by a quarter in the US Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters program that featured El Yunque National Forest and an image of a Puerto Rican parrot. As a follow-up, "an article about this quarter in my local paper made me want to learn more about Puerto Rican parrots," says Trumbore. She lives in New Jersey.



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Parrots thrived in Puerto Rico long before the first human settlers arrived some 5,000 years ago; by 1975, only 13 of the birds were still living in the wild. Roth and Trumbore follow The Mangrove Tree with another story of ecological revitalization, explaining the threats the parrots faced over the centuries, including invasive species and deforestation. The authors demonstrate how the parrots survival was entwined with Puerto Rico s very history (bees and rats from Spanish settlers ships wreaked havoc on the birds nests) before detailing ongoing efforts to rebuild their numbers. The book itself is oriented vertically, calendar-style, amplifying its sense of height and allowing for dramatic paper and fabric collages that show the vivid blue-and-green parrots soaring over the island. In an especially lovely scene, a towering waterfall of crinkled strips of white paper cascades over a fibrous backdrop of rocks in Puerto Rico s El Yunque rainforest. An extensive afterword describes the species recovery and includes more than a dozen photographs. A thoughtful and thorough examination of the ways human action can both help and harm animal populations. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Few nonfiction picture books attempt this level of ambition, and even fewer succeed. . . . Roth s stunning artwork fluttery, textural collages of fabric and paper with a three-dimensional quality compliment the high-interest narrative and are arranged vertically across dual pages to make the most of the tall trees and the related human actions taking place below. A triumphant reminder of the inescapable connection between people s actions and the animals in the wild. --Booklist, starred review

Before humans arrived on the island, parrots numbered in the hundred of thousands. By 1967, only 24 birds remained. Since then, scientists in the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program (PRPRP) have established aviaries to raise the birds in captivity and release them in the wild. Using a vertical page orientation, Roth has plenty of space for detailed collages that depict the parrots lives and struggles above human activities that have altered the island s ecosystem over the centuries. Taínos, Spanish explorers and settlers, African slaves, and others hunted parrots for food, cut down nesting places, and introduced animals that ate their eggs. After the United States took control, deforestation continued. Some military history and political questions such as the debate about Puerto Rico s commonwealth status slow the narrative. When the focus shifts to the strategies, setbacks, and successes of the PRPRP, the story soars. From constructing nesting boxes to training captive-bred birds how to avoid hawks, the program is slowly rebuilding the parrot population. After the main story, several pages of photos accompany further explanations of the group s work. In addition to their list of sources, the authors supply a detailed time line of events. Like this team s The Mangrove Tree (Lee & Low, 2011), this title offers an engaging and hopeful look at environmental restoration. --School Library Journal, starred review

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