Favorite Quotes

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
— Emilie Buchwald

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
-- Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

Monday, March 14, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: Kakapo Rescue

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
Scientists in the Field Series
By Sy Montgomery
Photographs by Nic Bishop
Sibert Award Winner 2011

I am a big fan of Nic Bishop's photography and I have also enjoyed the other books in the "Scientists in the Field" Series.  I was not surprised that this book won the Sibert award for Nonfiction this year.  The kakapo parrot is near extinction and they only live on a small island off the coast of New Zealand.  The author and photographer of this book spent 10 days on the island learning about these strange birds and the efforts taking place on the island to keep the parrots from going extinct.  The photographs in the book show the rare parrot upclose and the images captured in the photos are breathtaking. There are also photos of the scientists and other workers who work on the island taking care of the parrots.  We learn all about this fascinating parrot, their history and how they came very close to being totally extinct.  The reader also gets a first hand look at the life of the scientists who live on this island and work with the parrots daily.  This book may inspire some young readers to choose a career goal.   My favorite chapter was the one about the care of the baby kakapo parrots!  The back of the book contains information about how readers can help the kakapo parrots and sources for additional information.

 Links about the kakapo parrot:
          The Fabulous Kakapo

          Kakapo Recovery

Other books in the Scientists in the Field series:

Check out the rest of today's Nonfiction Monday posts at: Chapter Book of the Day

Other books featuring the photographs of Nic Bishop:


  1. I loved this book, too. The narrative and photographs worked beautifully together. I, also, agree with out about the series Scientists in the Field. It is fantastic! It's important for kids to know what scientists do but also how they think.
    Thanks for the review.

  2. I love great nonfiction books for kids. We were fascinated by the Kea, another interesting NZ bird when we were there. It is so intelligent and also so destructive!