This month’s book is Mimi and Maty to the Rescue! – Book 3: C.C. the Parakeet by Brooke Smith.Mimi, an official animal rescuer, starts her first day of second grade. It has its ups and downs. One of the downs is leaving her three legged dog, Maty, at home. So Mimi is excited when it’s “bring your pet to school day”.
One of the pets, parakeet C.C., flies out of an open window after being startled by one of the students. Mimi and Maty are quick to help and use their ingenuity and knowledge of parakeets to find C.C. Cooper loved this book. And not just because it featured a blue budgie… She thought the illustrations (by Alli Arnold) were cute. She liked the story Mimi’s mother told about her pet parakeet (flying into a toilet!) and the parakeet facts that Mimi uses to find C.C.
The end of the book has photos of the real Mimi (the author’s daughter) and Maty. Mimi created the site Freekibble, which feeds meals to homeless pets at shelters across the country. Maty is a Humane Society goodwill ambassador and visits schools and groups to educate people about animal safety.
This month’s book is What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss. In this book (discovered in a box after Theodor Geisel’s death), two children are given permission by their parents to go to the pet store and pick out a pet. Should they get a dog, cat, bird, fish, rabbit or yent? They only have until noon to decide! Cooper thought this was a fun book. Her favorite part was the “something with wings/pick one that sings”. She also liked the publisher’s notes, which gave a history of Geisel and his pets and how the manuscript and drawings for the book were discovered. The notes also encouraged readers to adopt a pet from a shelter instead of purchasing one from a pet store – which is a lovely idea.
This month’s book is The Adventures of Tutu the Parakeet by Norma Green.The book begins with a little blue budgie in a pet shop. He wonders who will take him home. He hopes it’s the little man with the sailor cap who brings treats when he visits. He dreams of traveling the seas with him. Unfortunately, he ends up going home with a rambunctious little girl and her family.
The little girl names him Tutu, insists that he’s a girl and gives him cold showers in her doll bathtub. After some neglect, Tutu becomes ill and is taken to the vet. The vet gives the little girl a lesson in caring for her pet, and things seem to be better for Tutu. But an open door provides Tutu with the chance to find the little man and live the life of his dreams. Will Tutu find the little man and live happily ever after?
Cooper loved this book (she is partial to books starring blue budgies). She thought Tutu was very brave. He certainly had lots of adventures – from being in a pet show, to escaping and surviving in the “wild”. And just when things seem to be bad, they get worse! Cooper was relieved the book had a happy ending and that Tutu found the love he deserved. We may never know what budgies think and feel, but The Adventures of Tutu the Parakeet gives the reader an idea of what it just might be like to be a tiny budgie.
This month’s book is Pinkalicious and the Pink Parakeet by Victoria Kann.Pinkalicious (who loves all things pink) goes on a field trip to an aviary with her class. She hopes to see the rare pink parakeet she has read about in her bird book. When the pink parakeet escapes the aviary, will Pinkalicious be able to use her knowledge to find it and bring it back?Cooper enjoyed this book – even through she thought it should be about Pinkalicious and the BLUE parakeet. Her favorite part of the book was when the parakeet hitched a ride out of the aviary. She also thought that Pinkalicious’s brother saying he could eat seventeen worms a minute (like an oriole) was funny. If you’re looking for a cute and charming book, like pink and like parakeets, then this is the one for you!
This month’s book is 2 Many Parakeets by Raymond Mullikin.In 2 Many Parakeets, Rainbow the budgie’s life changes when a new bird moves in. Though Rainbow was lonely, he is not too sure about the new addition. Eddie tries to make friends, but Rainbow wants nothing to do with him. Eddie doesn’t give up though, and manages to find Eddie in all of his hiding spots. Will Rainbow ever accept Eddie as a friend?Cooper loved the big, colorful illustrations and rhyming text in this book. She liked that the budgies had the run of the house, but wasn’t too keen on the fly that Eddie wanted to share (she would much rather have millet). Eddie and Rainbow are real birds and there are photos of them at the end of the book. While Cooper doesn’t think there is such a thing as 2 many parakeets, she enjoyed the story and was glad the budgies became pals at the end.
This month’s book is Did You Know I Love You? by Christa Pierce.In Did You Know That I Love You?, Bird lets her friend Fox know how much she loves him. Through her kisses, hugs and even a mug of warm tea, Bird shows Fox that her love is “for you, and it will always be.”Cooper thought this book, with its bright, whimsical illustrations, was very sweet. She was very happy to see the star of the book was a little blue bird. Cooper recommends this book to anyone looking for a story of friendship and unconditional love.
This month’s book is I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou.I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the autobiography of the early years of poet and author Maya Angelou. The book is named for the caged-bird image that Lawrence Dunbar used in his poem “Sympathy.” Angelou describes her childhood growing up in Stamps, Arkansas and teen years in California. Her experiences describe the indignity and injustice that African Americans experienced in the 1930s and ’40s. Though she suffers many hardships, Angelou finds the strength and courage to overcome them.
Cooper thought this book was powerful and beautifully written. Though she was disappointed that the book wasn’t about a bird, she would recommend reading this important memoir of survival and hope.
This month’s book is Mr. Pete, Where Are Your Feet? by Katherine Bartlett.
(Illustrated by Abira D.)When greeting her little budgie, Mr. Pete’s owner gives him a kiss and asks him,”Mr. Pete, where are your feet?” Mr. Pete notices that some of his toes are shorter than the others and sets off to look for them. He and the rest of his flock (which includes finches and a cockatiel) set off to find Mr. Pete’s toes. They look in all the cages, the food bowls and even under the ladders, but Mr. Pete’s toes are nowhere to be found.
Mr. Pete’s owner notices him looking sadly at his toes and tell him that he was born with some toes shorter than the others. This makes him special and she loves him just the way he is.Cooper loved this book. She liked the message of the story – that we all deserve to be loved for who we are. The illustrations were fun and Cooper enjoyed looking at all the birds as they zipped about looking for Mr. Pete’s toes. She also liked that at the end of the book there were photos of all the birds featured in the book (and who belong to the author).
This month’s book was Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me by Jenny Gardiner.In Winging It, Jenny Gardiner writes about her life with her family and assorted pets. One of them being Graycie, an African Grey Parrot. Gardiner is humorous in her descriptions of the joys and tragedies in her hectic life. The author loves her pets and has good intentions, but…
The book doesn’t really center on Graycie, she appears sporadically. The family is too busy for the care of Graycie and due to various calamities, she is often overlooked. This is a book on how not to care for your parrot. Graycie even makes a few trips to the vet with a broken breastbone after falling off her cage before Gardiner discovers that maybe she is clipping the bird’s feathers too short. Ack.
Cooper doesn’t think Graycie was vengeful at all. She thinks the parrot’s bad behavior (much of it is normal parrot behavior – chewing and pooping) was a result of the care she received. Being bored, ignored and shut away in a basement is not an ideal life for such an intelligent bird.
At the end of the book Gardiner states, “I suppose when that day comes (when the kids are grown) we’ll finally have time to really devote to Graycie.” I certainly hope so. Gardiner mentions a parrot sanctuary, Project Perry, which is near her. She writes of seeing the grey parrots flying freely and socializing. Sounds like a great place for Graycie.
*Thanks to Susan for the recommendation. I love to read about people and their birds. There’s always something to learn from their viewpoints and experiences.
This month’s book is Pet Parrots Up Close by Cooper’s friend, Karon Dubke!If you want to see some gorgeous photos while learning about parrots, then Pet Parrots Up Close is the book for you! This book is aimed at younger readers. Each page has a description and close-up photo of parrot anatomy (tails, eyes, beaks, etc.). Cooper’s favorite parts of the book were the photos of her budgie friends Bert and Ernie. So handsome! She loved how colorful and detailed the photographs were. As a former preschool teacher, I loved how informative this book was. The large photos make it perfect for circle time or for children to pour over on their own. Cooper and and the flock give this book 5 stars!
*Cooper is hoping for a follow-up book: All About Budgies!