This month’s book is Training Pablo by Wendy Graham (illustrated by Peggy Mozley).
Colin’s mother gives him a little green and yellow budgie as a birthday gift. Colin names him Pablo and reads all about training pet parakeets. Soon Pablo is stepping up, playing games and eating from Pablo’s hand. When Colin whistles a tune, Pablo will fly to Colin and perch on his shoulder. Colin hopes that soon Pablo will start talking.
Pablo and his mother are very careful about keeping the windows and doors closed while Pablo is out. Until one day they aren’t and Pablo flies out the door. Will Colin be able to get Pablo back?
Cooper enjoyed this little book. She was happy that Colin and his mother were able to get Pablo back home. Losing a budgie would be scary! Pablo even talked at the end of the book, showing how clever he was. Cooper’s favorite part of the book was when Pablo flew down to join Colin at dinner and stole a bite of his carrot.
This month’s book is Petunia Paris’s Parrot by Katie Haworth.
Petunia Paris is a very wealthy girl. Every year on her birthday she has gotten whatever she asked for. When Petunia turns five, she decides she wants the “most perfectest parrot”.
Paris’s perfect parrot turns out to not be so perfect to Paris. Despite her best efforts, she cannot make her parrot talk.
Cooper very much enjoyed this book. The illustrations (by Jo Williamson) were fun, and the book has a colorful foldout page of the happy ending. She liked that Paris learned some valuable lessons. By listening to what her parrot wanted (to go to Peru) she was able to have the most perfectest 6th birthday party. Who wouldn’t want to have a parrot party in Peru?
This month’s book is Getting Along with Lola Bird by Rita Di Gianvittorio.
Lulu is excited when her Aunt drops off Lola, a rescue budgie. But Lulu soon becomes frustrated with the little bird when she ruins her painting, makes a bird’s nest out of her hair and bites her. Lulu yells at Lola and then ignores her. Poor Lola starts to pluck out her feathers. But once Lulu tries to see life from Lola’s point of view, she is able to start a friendship with her budgie.
Cooper thought this was a great book for teaching children (and adults) how to be patient and kind with their budgies. She liked how Lulu was able to empathize with Lola by imagining what it was like to be a rescue bird in a new home. Cooper enjoyed the colorful illustrations and found she had a lot on common with Lola (they both ride skateboards). She was happy that Lola and Lulu became friends and that Lola ends up with two more rescue birds as companions.
This month’s book is Penny the Parakeet, written and illustrated by Melody L. Schaefer.
Siblings Nick and Nora are looking for a pet. There are many to choose from at Big Louie’s Perfect Pets store. Will they choose a dog, a cat or a fish? Perhaps they’ll take home a little green parakeet named Penny…
Penny tells her friends stories about her adventures, can talk, and has her own fun version of “Kookaburra”. She is also very stylish in her blue hat and scarf. This book was inspired by the author’s own parakeet. Cooper does not understand why her human has not written a book about her yet…
Cooper and I want to thank Kelle and John (who have a flock of their own) for sending us this book.
This month’s book is Roy and the Budgie by Roderick Hunt.
Roy’s budgie, Joey, flies out the window. Oops. Roy goes into the woods to look for Joey. Roy doesn’t find his budgie, but he does find an ostrich. Luckily, Roy runs into a zookeeper, who is holding a very familiar budgie. The two trade birds and everyone lives happily ever after.
This is a very short book meant for beginning readers. Cooper thought it was a cute story. She would have liked less ostrich and more budgie, but she was glad that Joey and the ostrich both found their way home. Especially since she saw that Joey had some millet hanging in his cage.
Alice gets a budgie for her seventh birthday. Her father names their new pet Dogbird -because he doesn’t talk. What he does is bark like the family’s three Labradors. The dogs and Dogbird cause a commotion with all their barking – even disturbing the neighbors. Things quickly escalate and Alice and her friend decide to set Dogbird free. This does not go well when wild birds chase poor, frightened Dogbird. Luckily, he is able to fly safely home.
The family decides that Dogbird should go live with Grandma. Grandma is thrilled with Dogbird. She renames him Bluey, and he even learns a few phrases. Not only is Bluey a wonderful companion, but because of his barking, he is an excellent guardbird.
Cooper thought this book was terrific. She liked the illustrations (by Tony Ross). She was nervous when the dogs knocked over Dogbird’s cage, and even more so when the wild birds were attacking Dogbird. She was glad the book had a happy ending and Dogbird/Bluey ended up with a new name and someone who loved him.
This month’s book is That Quail, Robert by Margaret Stanger.Cape Cod, 1962 – on finding an abandoned quail egg, Thomas and Mildred Kienzle bring it home. After washing and disinfecting it, they leave it on a counter as a decoration. Soon, Robert the quail emerges and becomes a cherished member of the family. The book is written by Margaret Stanger, their neighbor and quail sitter.
Robert’s antics and personality make her a local and later, national celebrity. Thousands of people would visit the Kienzle’s to meet Robert. From swallowing one of Mildred’s diamonds to taking a bath in the broccoli and cream sauce at a dinner party, Robert is always entertaining. Cooper thought this book was sweet and charming and thinks that we should adopt a quail or two. Her favorite part of the book was when Robert proved she was female by laying an egg.
This month’s book is Night Outside by Patricia Wrightson.After their father throws (!!) their pet budgie out the window, Anne and James go out into the dark to search for him. Along the way they meet the strange and unusual people of the night. The most interesting character of the book was William, a blue and yellow budgie (of course). The people of the night introduce the children to the concept of eternity and the here and now. The children do find William and are reunited with their father, who comes out to search for them. This was an unusual story and very philosophical for a children’s book. Cooper wasn’t sure she “got it”, but was happy that William wasn’t eaten by the cat lady’s numerous stray cats. It was a little up in the air whether William would eventually go home with the children. Cooper hopes not, as she was not a fan of the father.