Parrots Over Puerto Rico

By Christian Library Journal

In Parrots over Puerto Rico, richly textured, brightly colored collages invite the reader to experience the wildly beautiful landscapes of Puerto Rico. Pictures, composed of brilliant fluorescent papers layered over muted nubby cardboards and ethereal netting sweeping over feathers, enhance the reader’s experience. Layers depict environment, man, and predators chipping away at a species, until there is little left to save. Pronunciations for words that may be unfamiliar to young readers–like “iguaca,” “Tainos,” and “Boriquen”–are provided throughout the book. Additional enhancements include a fairly extensive timeline, author’s sources section, and afterword that combines pictures of real scientists working with the birds and informational excerpts.