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Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot Hardcover – May 24 2010

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618494170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618494170
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 7 Up—Sisters Krista and Charlie Brown could not be more different. Krista, the eldest, is blond, smart, pretty, and popular, and, of course, is dating a popular boy. Charlie, who endures bullying and teasing at school (not helped by her last name), prefers solitude and surfing the Malibu waves. When they are recruited for their high school soccer team, the teens have to face their differences and learn to work together. This is a well-paced book with solid character development and witty, authentic dialogue. The relationship between the siblings is both strong and complicated. With its classic themes of sisterhood and romance, the book is an updated version of Francine Pascal's "Sweet Valley High" series (Random), with a sports twist.—Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Under the careful supervision of forest rangers and volunteers on an island off the New Zealand coast, the nearly extinct, flightless Kakapo parrot is the object of an intensive rescue effort described by this experienced writer-photographer team… As always, the photographer's remarkable and clearly reproduced photographs support and enhance the text. The book's careful design is unobtrusive: The progress of an opening egg sets off page numbers, and fern patterns provide a subtle decoration. Bibliography and a website encourage readers' further explorations. Wonderful."- Kirkus , starred review

"Montgomery's delight in her subject is contagious, and throughout her enthusiastic text, she nimbly blends scientific and historical facts with immediate, sensory descriptions of fieldwork. Young readers will be fascinated."- Booklist, starred review
"Take a parrot. Color it green. Give it soft, fluffy feathers, and whiskers. Give it sumo proportions and take away its power of flight. Make it nocturnal, and have it nest underground. Aha! A kakapo!… Excellent photos and a readable, conversational text provide an intimate look at a concerted effort to save a drastically endangered species unfamiliar to most of the world outside Down Under. Readers who enjoyed this author/photographer team's The Tarantula Scientist (2007) or Quest for the Tree Kangaroo (2006, both Houghton) will gobble up this tribute to ecological science in action." - School Library Journal, starred review

"More than most books about environmentalism or endangered species, this will encourage kids to consider how hands-on action can genuinely make a difference and how scientific contributions can be made by people who never go near a test tube."- The Bulletin, starred review "

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e7d6d08) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ecfc718) out of 5 stars Go Go Kakapo Jan. 11 2011
By Spudman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's a flightless parrot with a down turned beak that looks like it belongs on an owl. The unbirdlike face whiskers help it get around in the dark when it's feeding. Weighing up to nine pounds, this is the world's heaviest parrot, one that doesn't talk but rather growls or booms or chings. It reaches treetops by climbing and has feathers that smell like honey. Yes, the kakapo may indeed be the world's strangest bird living in a land like no other place on Earth.

Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop have collaborated to produce a book with appeal for all ages. Nine-year-olds will love the awesome photos accompanied by interesting text, while older and more able readers will find be entranced by the fascinating text accompanied by fabulous photographs.

Kakapo Rescue is a celebration of the resurgence of the kakapo population, once numbering in the millions. With generous worldwide donations, dedicated volunteers devote themselves to ensuring the survival of the extant birds, less than a hundred of them thriving on remote Codfish Island.

The kakapo is a wondrous bird living in an otherworldly location protected from the clumsy hands of human interlopers. Its story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. This reader, many generations removed from middle school, enjoyed this book immensely.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e7475b8) out of 5 stars Stays with you Oct. 31 2011
By Highlandbird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I read many, many books together, but this one has really stuck with us. Perhaps because we had not read anything similar before, but I think it is because it was such an intimate glimpse into an heroic effort to save an animal that is so cute. As a parent, I felt it was an accessible glimpse into the life of a biologist, doing great worth with passion. I hope my daughter some day has the passion of the folks trying to save the Kakapo. My daughter was 8 when we read this and she loved it. The photography was wonderful and you really got a sense of the island and the birds. Highly recommend this one.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e77a99c) out of 5 stars A Book about Flightless Kakapo Takes Wing Dec 18 2010
By Smith's Rock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The child in me (my wife says that aspect of me never became "inner") was entranced by this book. Nine pound flightless parrots that smell like honey, play peek-a-boo with humans, and growl like puppies? Adult or child, one wants to know more!

In simple, and yes, somewhat childlike language, this book details a story that has happened many thousands of times in recent centuries: A prevalent animal or plant species encounters humans and the animals that accompany us (dogs, cats, rats) and is subsequently reduced to extinction, or near extinction. The beauty and intelligence of the Kakapo make their story more poignant, but no more tragic than countless other similar tales. What is powerful about Kakapo Rescue is the fusion of breath-taking photography and the careful, non-judgmental telling of the impact our human presence has had on other living beings. Young and old readers are invited to contemplate how once thriving species (whales, passenger pigeons, kakapo) can be moved from almost innumerable abundance to catastrophic reduction by human action, AND they are invited to contemplate how dedicated, skillful, and committed humans can begin to undo the harm that has been done. The story of individuals, governments, and corporations banding together to nurture a devastated species toward recovery is powerfully hopeful. Regardless of age, a message of hope sometimes seems more a call to action than repeated and relentless tolling of disaster.

Dr.Suess attempted to tell the story of our human impact on the Earth to children and adults in whimsical form; Kakapo Rescue tells it in stunning photos, simple and accurate prose, and in age-appropriate scientific language. Much as I admire Dr. Suess, as a young person I would have far preferred this fascinating book to any fictional allegory.

Shortcomings? Hmmm. I hungered for more detail, more examples of the intelligent behavior of these birds, a more developed portrait of what it is to be a Kakapo. That said, this is one fine book for both the young, the young at heart, and any lover of nature, regardless of age.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e747d74) out of 5 stars Children's Literature May 23 2011
By mtrevino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Anyone age eight and above who has an interest in birds, conservation, and the out of doors would enjoy this well written and beautifully presented chapter book. The language is simple enough for young readers and sufficiently complex to hold the interest of adults who are interested in nature. The photographs taken by Nic Bishop are beautiful and like all his other books, make you feel as though your there. Author Montgomery and photographer Bishop traveled to the remote islands that are home to the only remaining kakapo; soft, fluffy, moss-green parrots in New Zealand. For ten days Montgomery and Bishop lived with the scientists, technicians, and volunteers working to save these rare and mysterious parrots. Written with warmth, humor, and suspense, "Kakapo Rescue" is truly and amazing read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ee7db0) out of 5 stars Intriguing and important account April 21 2011
By Experienced Editor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Author Montgomery and photographer Bishop traveled to the remote islands that are home to the only remaining kakapo -- soft, fluffy, sweet-scented (they smell like honey!), moss-green parrots in New Zealand. For ten days Montgomery and Bishop lived with the scientists, technicians, and volunteers working to save these rare and mysterious parrots. Heavy, flightless birds, kakapo nest in underground burrows from which they emerge to forage at night. Once as numerous as the buffalo that roamed the American plains, these defenseless creatures were easy prey when humans brought non-native predators to New Zealand, and by the mid-20th century kakapo were on the brink of extinction. In 1951 only 51 kakapo existed on Earth. As of September 8, 2010, there were 122--thanks to the efforts of New Zealand's National Kakapo Recovery Team. This book's magnificent photographs of exotic long-range vistas and detailed closeups transport the reader to the scenes. Written with warmth, humor, and suspense, "Kakapo Rescue" is highly recommended.