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