This is a magnificent award-winning book depicting the life and trials of the Puerto Rican parrots. The collages are beautiful! I applaud the authors for giving the historical perspectives that endangered the parrots as their population dwindled down from hundreds of thousands of parrots to twenty-two birds in 2006. It is important for students to understand this historical perspective as well as the plans two governments have taken to ensure that the Puerto Rican’s birds’ extinction would not occur.
In my packet for students, I have provided a map of Puerto Rico, a KWL for students to fill out in regard to Puerto Rican parrots, attention to the brilliant similes and adjectives the authors provide in regards to the parrots and their habitats. Students will use the authors’ beautiful language to draw the setting of the birds’ habitats. Students will also write a Persuasive Essay why the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program is necessary to the survival of the parrots. They will also create a timeline, showing who inhabited the
island, beginning at 800 CE. This timeline can be in words or pictures or done with technology. Lastly, students will have a choice to showcase their knowledge:
• Students can create a collage of the Puerto Rican Parrot, using the same style as Susan L. Roth, the author and illustrator. The habitat can be colored in, or can continue in collage form. Students will write a paragraph about the parrots to identify their characteristics: how they look, where they nest, what they eat, and how they protect themselves.
• Students can choose to compose a poem or song about the Puerto Rican parrot.
• Students can choose to create a mini-graphic informative “cartoon.” Students will draw, in sequence, the series of dangers the parrots faced throughout time. Students will create a narrator to explain the dangers in bubbles.