Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
The eighth and final book in Maxwell Eaton III’s popular series is a hilarious, kid-centered guide to the many color species, odd behaviors, and special talents (like talking!) of parrots.
Did you know there are about 360 different species of parrots?
Did you know parrots can see ultra-violet light?
Did you know parrots can identify colors using human language?
Impress your friends (and teacher) with these facts and many more from this funny and information-packed book, the last in this celebrated series.
About: The Truth About Parrots is a nonfiction children’s picture book written and illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III. It was published on 5/25/2021 by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s book, animals, and nonfiction. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8. There are 8 books in this series called The Truth About Your Favorite Animals: book 1 is The Truth About Hippos, book 2 is The Truth About Bears, book 3 is The Truth About Dolphins, book 4 is The Truth About Elephants, book 5 is The Truth About Crocodiles, book 6 is The Truth About Hawks, book 7 is The Truth About Butterflies, book 8 is The Truth About Parrots. According to the publisher’s website, “Roaring Brook Press is a publisher of high-quality literature for young readers of all ages, from toddler to teen, and in all categories: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Truth About Parrots for my toddler as a story time on 9/16/2021 and we finished it that same day. We have since read it again and looked through the illustrations before bedtime. An excellent book for kids about parrots. The start of the book was great because there were illustrations of different parrot species and its names. I just noticed that the two cockatoos from the page: palm and yellow-crested both wear a mohawk on its heads! What surprised me most from reading this book was learning that parrot couples are into long-term relationships. How neat! I loved that parrots can speak our human language.
This book started with an introduction to parrots. There are 350 different parrot species around the world and they shared similar features that you would know right away that the bird is a parrot: large heads, sharp curved beaks, strong flexible tongues, and colorful feathers. Readers will learn that the colorful feathers are what parrots used to help find them mates. Furthermore, some parrot couples stayed as mates for life and that could be as long as 50 years for the ones that are held in captivity. There are flightless parrots too. In the few pages that followed, readers will learn what different parrots like to eat and how they like to copy sounds, especially human’s speech. At the end of the book, there are some cool facts about different parrots’ nest sites and what they eat to rid of toxic fruits.
The Truth About Parrots was well written and illustrated. Definitely neat to learn that the Keas play with pebbles by rolling downhill just like any kid human would. The parrot nest sites were fun to look at. Unfortunately, from this book, I learned that parrots reside mostly in tropical and subtropical areas so I don’t think I’ll ever stumble upon one of its nests or see one in real life. I’m fascinated by the uses of clay for parrots. I wonder if humans can use clay to pass toxins out of our bodies. The illustrations were awesome and readers will get to learn the definition of a new big word: zygodactyl feet. I recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Maxwell Eaton III is a highly tolerated author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including his The Truth About Your Favorite Animals series, which includes entries on dolphins, elephants, crocodiles, and more. When he isn’t drawing talking animals, Eaton can be found in a canoe with his wife and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram page and info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.