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Robert F. Sibert Medal for Nonfiction, American Library Association (ALA) Best Books, Kirkus Reviews Starred Review, Horn Book Magazine Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education Starred Review, School Library Journal Lasting Connection Title, Book Links Starred Review, Booklist Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews Starred Review, Publishers Weekly Junior Library Guild Selection, Junior Library Guild Américas Book Award, Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Teacher’s Choices, International Reading Association (IRA) Editor’s Choice, Booklist Children’s Books of the Year, Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Diverse and Impressive Children’s Books of 2013, International Reading Association (IRA) Green Earth Book Award, Children’s Nonfiction, The Nature Generation John Burroughs Young Readers Award, John Burroughs Association/American Museum of Natural History Nonfiction Honor List, VOYA Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction, Honor Book, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Original Art Show, 22 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist, AAAS/Subaru Top Ten Science and Health Books for Youth, Booklist Top Ten Sustainability Books for Youth, Booklist Traveling Art Show, Society of IllustratorsA nonfiction picture book about the history of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican parrot, which was brought back from the brink of extinction.Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home... These are Puerto Rican parrots. They lived on this island for millions of years, and then they nearly vanished from the earth forever. Puerto Rican parrots, once abundant, came perilously close to extinction in the 1960s due to centuries of foreign exploration and occupation, development, and habitat destruction. In this compelling book, Roth and Trumbore recount the efforts of the scientists of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save the parrots and ensure their future. Woven into the parrots’ story is a brief history of Puerto Rico itself, from before the first human settlers to the present day.With striking collage illustrations, a unique format, and engaging storytelling, Parrots Over Puerto Rico invites readers to witness the amazing recovery efforts that have enabled Puerto Rican parrots to fly over their island once again.

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