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Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Parrots Over Puerto Rico (hc)

By Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

Illustrated by Susan L. Roth


Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home. . . . These are Puerto Rican parrots. They lived on this island for millions of years, and then they nearly vanished from the earth forever.

Puerto Rican parrots, once abundant, came perilously close to extinction in the 1960s due to centuries of foreign exploration and occupation, development, and habitat destruction. In this compelling book, Roth and Trumbore recount the efforts of the scientists of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save the parrots and ensure their future. Woven into the parrots’ story is a brief history of Puerto Rico itself, from before the first human settlers to the present day.

With striking collage illustrations, a unique format, and engaging storytelling, Parrots Over Puerto Rico invites readers to witness the amazing recovery efforts that have enabled Puerto Rican parrots to fly over their island once again.

Teacher's Guide

Booktalk with co-authors Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

How to Compare and Contrast Using the Common Core in Fourth Grade, Using Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
American Library Association

Starred Review
The Horn Book Magazine

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Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly

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Interest Level
Grades 1 - 6
Reading Level
Grades 3 - 4
Animals, Conflict resolution, Education, Environment/Nature, Friendship, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Nonfiction, Nature/Science, Pets/Animals
About the Creators

Susan L. Roth creates unique mixed-media collage illustrations that have appeared in numerous award-winning children’s books, many of which she also wrote. Her book, Listen to the Wind, spent a year on the New York Times best seller list. The Mangrove Tree, which was released in 2011 and addressed Dr. Gordon Sato's mangrove tree-planting project, was the winner of Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Roth lives in New York. You can find her online at susanlroth.com.

Photo: Daniel Gonzales

Cindy Trumbore has been involved with young people’s literature for most of her career. A former editor in children’s book publishing, she now writes children’s books, edits books for classrooms, and teaches writing. Her past titles include The Genie in the Book, Discovering the Titanic, and The Mangrove Tree with her friend Susan L. Roth. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Her Web site is cindykane.net.

Photo: Krysti Sabins

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