Coco the Puerto Rican Parrot -- a Multicultural Children's Book Day Review


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Today I am sharing another great book for Multicultural Children's Book Day!! Today we are looking at a book about a Puerto Rican parrot which shares some information about the parrots and Puerto Rico as well as a message about how amazing bilingual people are. The book is Coco the Puerto Rican Parrot by Frances Diaz Evans and illustrated by Alejandra Lopez. I am also including a round-up of parrot crafts to go with the book. 

From the Publisher:

In the Iguaca Aviary, a captive parrot is seeking to be released into the tropical rainforest of Yunque. He's happy, but will the wild flock accept him once he is free?

From Me:

Coco is a Puerto Rican parrot that was born in captivity. He is being raised to be released though. The day arrives for his release, and he cannot wait to fly over the Yunque Rainforest and meet the wild parrots. However, the wild parrots think he talks weird and don't want any part of him. He feels pretty lonely. Then he sees humans coming to chop down the wild parrots' tree and he knows he has to do something. Since he can communicate with the humans from the aviary he gets them and helps to stop the destruction of the parrots tree. The wild parrots realize that Coco is special because he understands both parrots and humans. He may have a different accent than they do but they realize he is special and let him join them. It is such a sweet story and it shows the importance bilingual people are in helping us all communicate. 

At the end of the book there is the author's note about how the Puerto Rican parrots are endangered and how the there are parrots being born in captivity and raised to be released. There is also a page of illustrations to teach the flora and fauna of Puerto Rico as well as a glossary and a list of the characters and where their names came from. For those who do not recognize the author's name. She is my blogger friend. She blogs over at Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes. I hope you will check out her book as well as her blog!!

Parrot Craft Round-Up

Although these are not all Puerto Rican parrots you can change the colors to have them look like Coco!

1) Cardboard Tube Parrot from Kids Craft Room
3) Handprint Parrot from Simple Everyday Mom
4) Toilet Paper Roll Parrot from Little Ladoo
5) Parrot Finger Puppet from Red Ted Art
6) Cockatoo Pencil Tins from The Craft Train
7) 3D Macaw Craft from The Craft Train Note: This template costs money
8) Paper Parrot Craft from Arty Crafty Kids Note: Must be a member to get template.

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