My Parrot, My Friend is a straightforward book that addresses a growing need for parrot owners and their birds. When difficulties develop in the home, or a clash in avian and human natures makes for unhappy birds and angry owners, many times the sad consequence is painful termination of what could have been a long-term, joyful relationship. Happily, there is an effective remedy and it lies in a program of behavior modification. That program is fully detailed in this well-written, wonderfully detailed text. In addition, the text helps readers to find the right bird so problems can be sidestepped altogether, and it explains which birds not to consider and why. My Parrot, My Friend shows how parrots grow and develop, and how behavioral problems can start. The book explains behavioral modification, how it works, and how to apply it in specific situations. Case studies and an examination of pertinent issues add considerable interest to the text. These and other special features make this one of the most indispensable reference books you will ever use. My Parrot, My Friend is the first book to approach the subject in such depth for the lay reader. It will make a significant difference in how pet owners view and relate to their birds and will point the way to happy endings where once there were none.
Age : 6-8 years old Reading Level : 1st Grade - 3rd Grade Discover the funny and thrilling adventures of a little boy and his parrot ! Squawk is a tender and affectionate parrot, with a very strong character. He does not hesitate to imitate the telephone ring to make mum run, squeal when we switch the TV channel and spray water everywhere. This story of a unique relationship of 2 inseparable friends is a great for beginning readers. EXCERPT Today is my birthday and my parents are taking me to a family friend who breeds parrots. A little bird will be my gift. I have been collecting a lot of information about parrots over the past weeks and I feel that I’m now ready to take care of my pet. “Choose one nestling” the lady says to me “they are all so cute!” and she is right. They have a very big head and an even bigger beak and they look at me with wide open eyes. One little parrot has a funny feather peeping out from the back of his head. He looks funny and I decide he will come home with me. As I pick him up he opens his beak and emits a strange call “I like it, I’ll call you Squawk!” Featured books: • My Best Friend - The Dog • My Best Friend - The Cat • My Best Friend - The Pony
This first book of children's poetry is meant to be humorous and educational for the younger set, by a grandma who has become a poet since brain surgery 5 years ago, inspired by grandson Sebastian who loves to listen and learn.
Age : 6-8 years old Reading Level : 1st Grade - 3rd Grade Discover the funny and thrilling adventures of a little girl and her cat! Patch is a funny little cat with a strong charachter. He likes to scratch the sofa and climb up curtains, he is always trying to eat our other pets and he is nowhere to be found when he knows he is in trouble. This story of a unique relationship of 2 inseparable friends is a great for beginning readers. EXCERPT It’s a cold rainy day and I’m coming back home from school. “I don’t like rainy days very much!” I think out loud. I take a look around and skip over puddles. Raindrops tick on my coloured umbrella when suddenly I hear a soft voice. “Meow meow!” and a kitten jumps out just in front of me. Poor little kitty, he was trying to get away from the rain under a paper box but now he’s all wet and shivering! I pick him up from the ground and give him a cuddle. “You look so lonely, I can’t leave you here! You are coming home with me!” I reassure him. He understands he’s not alone anymore and nestles down in my warm scarf. This is the best rainy day ever! Featured books: • My Best Friend - The Pony • My Best Friend - The Dog • My Best Friend - The Parrot
Age : 6-8 years old Reading Level : 1st Grade - 3rd Grade Discover the funny and thrilling adventures of a little boy and his dog ! Spot is a cute dog with a brown spot around his left eye, but he has a strong charachter. He goes wild when he sees a ball, he likes to jump on the sofa with his muddy paws and he eats everything mum makes. This story of a unique relationship of 2 inseparable friends is a great for beginning readers. EXCERPT “There are many abandoned dogs waiting for a new loving master” my mom says. I have been thinking about it very seriously and now I’m ready to be in charge of taking care of my dog. I know this is an important decision for me, my family and the dog too and I’m aware that our lives will be different from now on. Today is a very special day because my parents are driving me to a dog pound. “There he is!” I exclaim. I am so excited I can’t wait. Right there all alone in the cage, is my new best friend, just waiting for me to come and take him home. My biggest ever wish is finally going to come true. Featured books: • My Best Friend - The Pony • My Best Friend - The Cat • My Best Friend - The Parrot
Our 2500-Year-Long Fascination with the World's Most Talkative Bird
Author: Bruce Thomas Boehrer
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
After completing his conquest of the Persian empire, Alexander the Great maneuvered his army across the Hindu Kush and into India. During his two years there, he traveled from dry frigid mountains to humid tropical lowlands and then back across one of the most punishing deserts on the planet. He fought a series of desperate battles against strange foes mounted on war-elephants, suffering wounds that nearly killed him. And when he eventually turned homeward, he brought with him specimens of a rare, magical species, a bird that could speak with a human voice. Introduced to Europe by Alexander, parrots were quickly embraced by Western culture as exotic and astonishing, full of marvelous powers, and close to the gods. Over the centuries they would become objects of veneration or figures of folly, creatures prized for their wit—or their place on the dinner table. Ultimately, they would become emblematic of the West's interaction with the world at large. Identifying a deeply rooted obsession with these beautiful and loquacious birds, Bruce Thomas Boehrer provides the first account of parrots and their impact on the Western world. Parrot Culture: Our 2500-Year-Long Fascination with the World's Most Talkative Bird traces the unusual history of parrots from their introduction in the Graeco-Roman world as items of oriental luxury, through the great age of New World exploration, to the contemporary ecological crisis of globalism. Boehrer identifies the poignant irony in the way parrots became ubiquitous as symbols and mascots, while suffering near extinction at the hands of those who desired them. Exploring their presence and meanings in the art, literature, and history of Western civilization, Parrot Culture also celebrates the beauty, intelligence, and personality of these birds, whose fate will say as much about us and the world we have created as it will about them.
Booted out of school for trying to set fire to a teacher’s desk, Graham Taylor became a roadie for the Sex Pistols and other punk rock bands. It’s unlikely that someone savoring a life of sex, drugs, and rock music would end up on a police force, but it happened. After a decade on the force, Taylor was attacked and beaten, and his injuries forced him out of service. So Taylor topped one surprise twist in his life with another: he became an Anglican priest. Assigned to a church on the northeast coast of England, Taylor delved into the fascinating history of the region—tales of smugglers, storms at sea and people lost out on the moors. This curiosity would propel him in yet another new direction, as the landscape started to inspire him with ideas for settings and stories of his own. When he gave a speech about his concern over a growing occult presence in children’s literature, someone asked Taylor why he didn’t write a children’s book himself. The seed was planted, and soon Taylor was hard at work on Shadowmancer, a breathtaking tale of the battle between good and evil. It was a safe bet that when Taylor sold his motorcycle to print his first novel, the self-published book would sell only to friends and relatives. But once again, Taylor’s course roared away from the predictable. Shadowmancer rocketed to the top of the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. But then, what had been predictable about Taylor’s life? Laced with humor and filled with incredible twists and turns, the life story of G. P. Taylor is equal to the plot of any one of his bestselling novels. This entertaining, inspiring, and engaging autobiography is a book you won’t want to put down.
The outcome from a destined great war between humans and creatures will be decided by the courage and emotions of a few honourable and worthy individuals. Raven is the last blood line descendent from the greatest wizard known as Grackle, and he has found himself living in a time of endless uncertainty, magic and sorcery between the humans and a terrifying creature race residing upon the mysterious Planet of Phoenix. Significant emotional elements, bravery, hatred and love are the fundamental factors for either the humans or the creatures surviving existence during this epic adventure.
All the poems and verses in my manuscript are original work. They traverse time such as can be seen in pieces like Creation, Slavery and Nightmare 2001. Many explore present day realities and touch on areas that affect me and especially my country. Poems like Hard Times, Fire De IMF, Black Out, Wata Woes and No Way Venezuela, No Way! Fall under this category. Readers will find some of my strongest sentiments in poems about Guyana. Pieces like Thought for You, The Beauty of My Land, Moods of My Land, When, Why Us? are fi lled with emotions of anger, frustration, patriotism, love and loyalty. Whether criticizing or praising, when the topic is about Guyana all my senses are heighten. A number of my poems have a religious grounding because this is a vital part of my journey. Never Despair, Bible Brothers, A Smile, Life and Coconut Life, show that there is a Creator Being. A few poems deal with Christmas but only that which is experienced by Caribbean people. One cannot write without dealing with our rich culture and folk lore. Me Betty, & Is Time are two such pieces. The very short pieces life Nightmare 2001, Sad Times, My Parrot and Beauty still convey a strong message. Humour has been used once it does not distract from the focus of the poem. One example of this is Hard Times a fi tting tribute to the late Louis Bennett of Jamaica. The poems have been written over a period of many years and were compiled after some encouragement from friends and family.