Parrots Over Puerto Rico

By Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Hardcover: $19.95

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.

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Susan L. Roth - Author, Illustrator

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

Photo: Daniel Gonzales

Thumb_thumb Cindy Trumbore - Author

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

Photo: Krysti Sabins

About This Title


Hardcover: 9781620140048


Robert F. Sibert Medal for Nonfiction
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Diverse and Impressive Children's Books of 2013
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Green Earth Book Award, Children's Nonfiction
The Nature Generation

John Burroughs Young Readers Award
John Burroughs Association/American Museum of Natural History

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Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction, Honor Book
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

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SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist

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Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5


Comparing/Classifying/Measuring, Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Responsibility, Overcoming Obstacles, Multiethnic interest, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, History, Friendship, Evolution, Environment/Nature, Education, Conflict resolution, Animals, Exploring Ecosystems, How To, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, Leadership, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Collaboration, Empathy/Compassion, Geography, Kindness/Caring, Pride, Similarities and Differences

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