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.