This month’s book is Broadway Bird by Alex Timbers (illustrated by Alisa Coburn).
Little Louisa is a green budgie who has big dreams of becoming a performer. But her audition leads to laughter – she is told she is too tiny to make it big on Broadway. Is she destined to be a “basic city bird” like her pigeon friend, Sal? Will Louisa give up her dream, or will the advice of a former dancing flamingo encourage her to try again?
Cooper absolutely loved this book. The illustrations are humorous and beautifully detailed – from the rooms in the pigeon’s house to Iguana Menzel’s buggy bon bons. The book is filled with fun animal references to Broadway shows and actors. Cooper was inspired by the book’s message that we are perfect as we are, and we should work hard to achieve our goals. She was happy that Louise never gave up and ended up fulfilling her dream (and inspires others to do so as well).
Author Alex Timbers has three budgies at home (one is pictured in the author’s note). Cooper thinks he and Alisa Coburn did a wonderful job showcasing the tiny budgie in a big way.
This month’s book is Salvador and Mister Sam, A Guide to Parakeet Care by Gail Gibbons.
Sonia’s friend Salvador has two budgies, Sue and Sidney. His birds can do tricks, but they can’t talk. Sue and Sidney soon have a clutch of baby budgies, and Salvador promises Sonia she can have one as a pet. While they wait for the babies to be old enough to leave their parents, Salvador teaches Sonia about budgies and how to care for them. Once Sonia has a cage, she picks out her budgie and takes him home. Sonia names her bird Mister Sam and teaches him tricks. When Salvador comes over for a visit, he is surprised that Mr. Sam can not only do tricks and step up, but he can talk, too!
Cooper liked this book. She enjoyed the fun illustrations and thought the story was a great way to teach children about their pet budgies. The book was published in 1975, so some of the information was a bit outdated (blue ceres mean male, feed your budgie gravel, budgies can’t overeat). But there were a lot of good tips for keeping your budgie healthy and happy (roomy cage, lots of safe toys). Cooper liked all the tricks the budgies could do, especially wearing a bell as a hat. She wasn’t thrilled that Sonia thought baby budgies were ugly – she hopes that Mister Sam will poop on her for that comment. Cooper also loved that the author photo in the book shows Gail Gibbons with her pet budgie.
This month’s book is Pets by Anna Ratzesberger (Illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe).
It’s Pet Day at school. Miss Kelly tells the class that they can bring their pets and share how they care for them. The children bring in a variety of pets – a puppy, a kitten, a canary, a hamster, a turtle and a goldfish. Billy tells the class about his Shetland pony. Little Peggy is home with a cold, but she calls the class to tell them about her parakeet, Pretty Boy. She tells them all about him and how she taught him to talk. She even puts Pretty Boy on the phone so he can speak to the class. Miss Kelly asks the boys and girls who they think gave the best talk. Of course, Peggy and Pretty Boy win. As a prize, Miss Kelly lets her duckling spend the night at Peggy’s house.
Cooper enjoyed this little story. She loved that Pretty Boy looks just like her. She liked hearing about the different types of pets and how the children loved and cared for them. She thought the illustrations were sweet and was thrilled that the budgie was voted best speech. Cooper thought it would be fun to have a duckling spend the night.
Sido’s hatchday is coming up. In honor of this special day, it will be cockatiel week on Cooper’s Corner. Kicking things off is this month’s book, A Honk In Your Heart: The Wisdom of Alex the Honking Bird, by Annika Howells.
Cooper (and Sido) absolutely loved this little book. Alex is a special cockatiel who became an internet star because of his honks and charming personality. Chock-full of wonderful photos of Alex and his son Dominic, this book gives lots of great advice on how we can find the honk in our hearts. Cooper appreciated Alex’s words of wisdom and really wants her human to make the veggie muffins featured in the book. Sadly, Alex is not longer with us (though you can follow Dominic here). But because of this wise little bird the world is a better, honkier place.
Thank you to Cooper’s friends Kelle and John for sending us this wonderful book.
This month’s book was given to us by Cooper’s friends, Kelle and John – A Pandemonium of Parrots and Other Animals by Hui Skipp.
Ever wonder what to call various groups of animals? A Pandemonium of Parrots will inform you what to call a collective of many animals, including lizards, camels, flamingos, tigers, and of course, parrots.
Here is Cooper on her favorite page. She loves the illustrations – especially the winking blue budgie. There is so much going on on each page, a poem about the featured animal, the sounds they make, and search and finds. At the end of the book is a “Did you See?” page so the reader can take another look, as well as a Who’s Who page which gives facts about each animal. Cooper highly recommends this book to young readers who like to look and learn.
Thank you to Kelle and John for sending this fun picture book!
This month’s book is The Bird in Santa’s Beard by Jeffery L. Schatzer (with Mark Bush and Don Rutt). Illustrations by Ty Smith.
Santa comes across a little bird who did not fly south for the winter. Cold and alone, the little bird calls out to Santa for help. Santa offers the bird some warm oatmeal (with cinnamon) and invites her to stay with him for the winter. The two become the best of friends. The little bird even builds a nest in Santa’s beard. One day Santa wakes up to find eggs in the nest. But Christmas is near and soon Santa will have to visit with the children. How will he be able to meet the children while keeping the eggs safe?
This book was absolutely adorable. Cooper loved it (even though the bird was not a budgie). The photos were lovely and some made Cooper laugh. They captured the friendship between the little bird and Santa. Children often wonder why are there so many different Santas each year. This book provides a wonderful explanation on why Santa has so many helpers.
This month’s book is Illumination in the Flatwoods by Joe Hutto.
Naturalist and wildlife artist Joe Hutto expresses an interest in in raising a couple of wild turkeys. He is given two clutches of eggs a tractor driver has come across. He carefully incubates the eggs. When they hatch, Hutto imprints on the birds, raising them and living amongst them as they grow from tiny poults to fully grown adults.
Cooper loved this book. She learned a lot about turkeys from the author’s in-depth study of his days with the flock. From the joys of days spent foraging, to the tragedies of the birds who succumbed to illness or predators, Cooper felt she was on the journey along with Hutto and his turkey family. Illustrations by the author of the turkeys and the various wildlife they come across are peppered throughout the book. Illumination in the Flatwoods is a beautiful, entertaining and thoughtful recounting of a man’s oneness with nature. Once you have finished the last page, you will never look at a turkey the same way again.
This month’s book is Trick or Treat Parakeet by Lesley Sims.
Parakeet is getting ready for Halloween. She has all sorts of fun activities planned – entering a pumpkin carving contest, decorating Halloween treats and trick or treating. But nothing seems to go as anticipated. Will Parakeet have the Happy Halloween she planned?
Cooper thought this book was absolutely charming. She loved the colorful, whimsical illustrations (by David Semple). She thought it was wonderful that despite some setbacks, Parakeet rallied and had a fun Halloween with her friends – she even won 1st place in the pumpkin carving contest. Trick or Treat Parakeet is told using phonics, which is a wonderful way to teach young children how to read. This book also has a QR code so readers are able to hear all about Parakeet’s fun-filled Halloween.
This month’s book is Silent Sid by Jessica Parkin and Jennifer Greet.
Aunt Lottie and her friend Asaf buy a little budgie named Sid at the market. Sid is a handsome budgie who loves to fly around the kitchen and have his head scratched. But Sid does not talk. One morning Lottie decides to make a tea cake featuring Sid’s favorite treat – raisins. When the doorbell rings, Lottie leaves Sid in the kitchen with the bowl of sticky batter. What will happen when Sid is tempted to eat one of the plump raisins?
Cooper loved this little story of Sid, the little green and yellow budgie. She thought the illustrations were colorful and fun. Cooper enjoyed reading about Sid’s misadventure in the kitchen. She was happy that Sid found his voice and asked for help after falling in the mixing bowl. After she read about Sid’s bath, she wanted one too. She hopes that Sid got a nice, juicy raisin after he was all cleaned up.
This month’s book is Barnaby – written by Andrea Curtis and illustrated by Kass Reich.
Barnaby is a little blue budgie who leads a very charmed life. He has a kind lady who dotes on him, has toys to play with and eats sunflower seeds and slices of fresh mango. Barnaby is a happy budgie until his human brings home a little friend for him. Barnaby is not pleased with the little yellow budgie and when he sees an open window, he takes off. Will life outdoors suit Barnaby? Will he make friends with the dull colored little birds he meets? Will he be able to find food and water? Or will Barnaby return to his kind lady and new companion?
Cooper loved this book. She thought Barnaby was mischievous and headstrong, handsome and feisty. She enjoyed the beautiful illustrations, and as always, was glad that the book had a happy ending.