This month’s book is Friends With Wings by Josie Strummer.
Maria’s 8th birthday present is two budgies she names Sugar and Spice. With her Grandma Nana’s help, she learns how to care for them and teaches them to step up. All is wonderful until Maria’s father accepts a job in another state. Their new apartment doesn’t allow pets, so Maria must leave her beloved budgies behind with Grandma Nana.
Maria misses her budgies. But Mr. Binter, the building superintendent, teaches her about the neighborhood birds and even lets her help fill the birdfeeders. Maria enjoys watching the birds, especially the two wild green parrots who look like large versions of her budgie, Spice. She names her new friends with wings Salt and Pepper.
Cooper enjoyed this book. She was sad that Maria had to leave her budgies behind, but was happy that Grandma Nana was there to look after them. She also liked the brightly colored illustrations (by Amanda Heavey).This book teaches young readers new vocabulary as well as giving them vocabulary and writing exercises to do.
This month’s book is Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie, by Simon Harris.
Mummy Budgie decides it’s time for Little Budgie to give up his nappy and use the potty. But potty training is tricky. Will Little Budgie get the hang of it?
Cooper thought this book was funny. She loved the brightly colored illustrations (by Sethmyr Eslit). She liked that Mummy Budgie was so encouraging and that Little Budgie got a reward (special seed) for going in the potty. She thinks this is a great book for little ones who are potty training.
Special thanks go to Kelle and John who sent this book for Cooper to review.
This month’s book is Pet Subjects: Animal Tales from the Telegraph’s Resident Vet, by Pete Wedderburn.
In Pet Subjects, veterinarian Pete Wedderburn (who has a long running column in the TheTelegraph) shares stories of the various animals he has treated. Each chapter is followed with questions from the public related to the featured patient.
Cooper very much enjoyed this book. The bird chapters were her favorites. Particularly the chapter on budgies Flutter and Flap. Both birds had scaly mites (which were treated successfully). Cooper does love a happy ending.
This month’s book is A Budgie Tale, Emmit Goes to the Vet, by Cecelia and Andrew Davis.
Emmit is not feeling well. She has a tummy ache and does not want to play with her friend Rascal. When her human comes in to let the girls out to play, she notices something is not quite right with Emmit. She puts Emmit into a small blue cage, and off to the vet they go.
Cooper is very familiar with vet visits, so she knew that Emmit was in good hands. Sure enough, after a dose of an unpleasant tasting yellow liquid, Emmit was back to herself and ready to play with her friend Rascal.
Cooper likes that Emmit’s owner took her to the vet as soon as she noticed Emmit was sick. She was very happy that Emmit recovered quickly. She enjoyed reading about the author on the back cover – that husband Andrew was not a bird lover until he got to know Cecelia’s budgies, Emmit and Rascal. Now he has his own birds, Clementine and JD (he even did the illustrations for the book).
This month’s book is Birdy: The Story of a Tiny Cockatiel Who Survived 6 Weeks in the Wild by Monika Mundell.
Birdy is short (the story, not including preface, forward and afterword is 15 pages), but sweet. When Birdy accidentally flies out the door, her humans, Monika and John are devastated. They put up fliers, spend days searching for their little yellow cockatiel and worry about the dangers Birdy faces in the wild. After 6 weeks John And Monika decide to bring home another cockatiel (Pumpkin) to distract them from their grief. The day after a big storm, the couple gets a call about a lost cockatiel… could it be?
While this book was not about a budgie, Cooper still found it entertaining. She liked the afterword, in which we find that Birdy now has a flock of her own – mate Romeo and their offspring and new friends Pumpkin and Mickey. Cooper would have liked to have known what happened to Birdy during her six weeks in the wild. She is sure that she had many adventures, but is happy that Birdy eventually found her way back home.
This month’s book is The Adventures of Pluffo the Parakeet, by Jean Austin-Long.
Little Pluffo is content with his new cage, toys, family and watching the birds in the yard. But after talking to the English Sparrow about freedom, Pluffo decides he is sad and unfulfilled. An open door leads to Pluffo’s chance at freedom and he takes it.
But the outside world can be dangerous. After an encounter with Tommy Cat, Pluffo decides that life with a loving family isn’t so bad. Especially when they bring home another little parakeet, Fifi.
Cooper thought this was a cute little book. She thought that the encounters with both the sticky cake batter and Tommy Cat were frightening, and was glad that someone was there to help. She liked reading about the different birds in the yard and about Pluffo’s shiny red bell. Cooper loves a happy ending, so she was happy that Pluffo ended up with a mate (and eggs!).
Cooper wants to thank her friends Kelle and John for sending her this book. XO
This month’s book is The Mermaid and The Parakeet by Veronique Massenot.
The Mermaid and the Parakeet is a story inspired by a painting by Henri Matisse (The Parakeet and the Mermaid). A beautiful mermaid is stranded high in a tree by a storm. Without the water, she will not be able to survive. Luckily, the Prince of the Parakeets wishes to help her. But how will a tiny bird be able to carry a mermaid down a tree?Cooper adored this story. She loved the colorful illustrations (by Vanessa Hie) and the happy ending. Cooper also liked that it was a parakeet who saved the day by rescuing the mermaid. At the end of the book there is information about Henri Matisse, the illustrations in the book and creative process that went into making it.
This month’s book is Candy Cane the Christmas Cockatiel by Theresa Weber Corasis.
Candy Cane is a cockatiel whose life-long dream is to go to the North Pole and become one of Santa’s helpers. One day Candy Cane decides to make his dream a reality. He puts on his scarf and off he goes. On the way he meets a gingerbread couple, deer, a guardian angel, Sam and Samantha Snowman and Santa’s Elves. But will Candy Cane get to not only help Santa, but meet him as well?
Cooper enjoyed the tale of this brave little cockatiel. She had fun reading about all his adventures and the interesting Christmas characters he met. Cooper loves when a bird’s dreams come true (though she would have preferred that the book starred a budgie, of course). She liked looking at all the photos of Candy, taken by the author, and would recommend this book to any Christmas loving budgie. Or cockatiel.
This month’s book is Oz-E and Limpy, Let’s Be Friends by Frank Cachia.
Oz-E and Limpy, Let’s Be Friends is the first in a series of books about two little budgies. One day Oz-E notices a new bird in his house. Limpy is a shy bird, who thinks because he limps the other birds will not talk or play with him. Oz-E reassures him that Limpy’s leg will not get in the way of their new friendship.
Cooper loved this little book. Though it was short, it had a great message about not letting differences stand in the way of friendship. She liked that Oz-E looked like Ozzie and that Limp-E looked like Alfie. She thought the illustrations (by Sharyn Madder) were wonderful, and now she wants to read the rest of the Oz-E and Limpy books. Such a little bookworm!
This month’s book is Billy and Emma, by Alice Mead.
Billy and Emma are a pair of macaws who live at the Willowby Zoo. Two times a day, the birds put on a show. Billy climbs a ladder and rings a bell, and Emma plays the toy piano. One night a burglar steals Emma away. Billy is crestfallen and with the help of Nancy the crow, decides to find Emma.
Cooper thought this was a great book. She was happy that Billy and Emma were reunited and that the burglar was caught. She wished that the burglar had to spend more than three days in jail, but as Nancy the crow explains, “People aren’t punished much for hurting birds”.
Cooper enjoyed the big colorful illustrations (by Christy Hale), and thought the author’s note, which described the different birds in the book, was informative for young and older readers alike.