Wednesday, August 6, 2014

About Parrots: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill and illustrated by John Sill (Review & Giveaway)

About the book:  In this appealing addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what parrots are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. Illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a variety of parrots, from the colorful Blue Lorikeets of the Polynesian Islands to the Rosy-faced Lovebirds of southwestern Africa. An afterword provides details on the parrots featured and inspires readers to learn more.

My thoughts:  Again the Cathryn and John Sill  husband/wife team have created a beautiful book so that children can learn of this beautiful world in which they live. This time the winged crayons called parrots grace the 48 pages in this hardbound educationAL book.

I remember my grandmother and later on my own mother having parakeets as pets. They loved the little birds who sat colorfully on their shoulders. And now my grand daughter has a bird that is in the parrot family and it has been her pet for many years.

Children, and others as well, can learn much from this beautifully illustrated book and the simple, yet accurate text. Just a few words grace each two-page spread, but those few words are sufficient for the intended purpose of this book - to clearly educate the young about the parrots of the world.

At the end of the book..... There is a glossary  that will define words for the young reader. Also, each picture plate has a paragraph elaborating on the facts associated with that particular plate/page. This is a real help for more in depth learning .

GIVEAWAY:  Peachtree Publisher has graciously agreed to provide one of Chat With Vera's readers their own copy of About Parrots. Simply use the Rafflecopter entry form below. 
Begins August August 6 & ENDS August 27 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. Open to USA addresses only.

About the Author and Illustrator....

Cathryn Sill, a former elementary school teacher, is the author of the acclaimed About… and About Habitats series. With her husband John and brother-in-law Ben Sill, she coauthored three popular bird-guide parodies, including A Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America.  

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He and his wife, Cathryn Sill, live in North Carolina.  You can visit John Sill’s website here.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of About Parrots by Peachtree Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I received no compensation for this review.


  1. I would like to have Nighty Night for my son.

  2. Can I Come Too? sounds like it would be perfect for my nephew and niece.

  3. I also like their cute book: Hey, Daddy!

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  4. I like the book Stanley's garage.

    1. Helga - Please stop by Chat With Vera again soon. I'll be reviewing 2 of the Stanley books and hosting giveaways. Perhaps you'll win Stanley's Garage.

  5. Can I come too looks like a really cute book! My kids love books and I read to them every night :) would love a new book to add to our collection.

  6. I also like the All about Birds book


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