Not sure what to dress up as? Why not be a budgie?
This month’s movie is The Messenger.The Messenger investigates the cause and effect of the disappearance of the world’s songbirds. Global warming, predation by cats, hunting by humans, deforestation, noise and light pollution and pesticides are explored. The documentary interviews scientists and bird lovers from different parts of the world.There are some beautiful shots of various birds, both in their natural habitats and flying in slow motion. The satellite maps of migration routes are interesting as well.
While there positive strides being made (Toronto activists drastically cutting collision deaths by placing markers on mirrored/clear-glass building surfaces), The Messenger is a warning that more needs to be done before it is too late.
*Cooper wasn’t allowed to watch this movie, because it was too disturbing.
This month’s book is Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert.In Feathers for Lunch, a cat slips out the door and goes on the prowl for a birdie lunch. Luckily, the bell on the cat’s collar warns the birds that danger is near.Cooper thought this book was a bit scary. But she was glad all the birds were able to fly away safely in the end.She liked the colorful illustrations. She thought the guide at the end of the book was a good way for young readers to learn about the different types of birds that might appear in their neighborhoods.
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsThe Big Switch (Season 1, Episode 15).
Gangster Sam comes up with an alibi so he can murder his ex-girlfriend. His plan is to appear as if he is playing a poker game with his friend Barney. Of course, the plan backfires. Barney accidentally shoots himself and Sam is arrested for murder. But who cares! It’s all about Edgar, Sam’s budgie, who appears at the very beginning of the episode. Full episode here.
The Better Bargain (Season 2, Episode 11).
Mobster Louis finds out from a private investigator that his wife, Marion, is cheating on him. He hires a hit man, Harry, to murder her. Of course, the plan backfires when Louis is killed instead. Turns out Harry is the one who Marion is having an affair with. But who cares! It’s all about the pair of budgies that Louis was going to give to Marion (who loves birds). Full episode here.
This little cutie does a great job with the theme from The Addams Family.