Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Parrots

A Guide for Children 

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of parrots.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what parrots are, what they do, and how they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to the diverse population of parrots―from the colorful Blue Lorikeets of the Polynesian Islands to the Rosy-faced Lovebirds of southwestern Africa. An afterword provides further details on the parrots featured and inspires young readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-795-3
Publication Date: 8/1/2014
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-158-4
Publication Date: 2/1/2020
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.3
F&P: J, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: AD640L
Themes: Parrot Behavior, Parrot Characteristics, Parrot Habitats
BISAC 1: JNF003030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 2: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology
BISAC 3: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection


“The author offers solid material, including food for thought about the pet parrot industry and the risk of disappearing habitats. The watercolor paintings are real showstoppers — the parrots stand out like jewels against muted landscapes.” ―School Library Journal

“Uniquely attractive work with which to round out the bird section…an appealing and comprehensive introduction.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This book presents basic information along with varied, beautiful watercolor paintings. A colorful addition to the long-running About… series.” ―Booklist

“An excellent reader selection for the young student.” ―NSTA Recommends

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“Not only is the art is gorgeous, but kids (and adults, too) are sure to learn a lot about these charismatic birds.” ―The Birder’s Library

“The beauty and diversity of parrots as well as the heightening need to protect parrots’ and other birds and animals’ habitats are strongly emphasized in this excellent educational nature series.” ―Midwest Book Review

“John Sill is no John James Audubon, but he’s pretty darn good. This book has wonderful paintings of a variety of parrots and interesting facts about them. It’s a coffee table book, only it’s aimed at kids, so say it’s a chocolate milk table book. […] I’ve been through it with pleasure a number of times.” ―Daniel Pinkwater, The Bob Edwards Show

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NSTA Recommends – National Science Teachers Association, 2014

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ― National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2015

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2015

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

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 lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.