Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot (Scientists in the Field)

by Sy Montgomery (Author) Nic Bishop (Illustrator)

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot (Scientists in the Field)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last ninety-one kakapo parrots on earth. These trusting, flightless, and beautiful birds--the largest and most unusual parrots on earth--have suffered devastating population loss.

Now, on an island refuge with the last of the species, New Zealand's National Kakapo Recovery Team is working to restore the kakapo population. With the help of fourteen humans who share a single hut and a passion for saving these odd ground-dwelling birds, the kakapo are making a comeback in New Zealand.

Follow intrepid animal lovers Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop on a ten-day excursion to witness the exciting events in the life of the kakapo.

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School Library Journal

Starred Review
Gr 5-8 Take a parrot. Color it green. Give it soft, fluffy feathers, and whiskers. Give it sumo proportions and take away its power of flight. Make it nocturnal, and have it nest underground. Aha! A kakapo! Once millions of these rather affable birds waddled all over New Zealand. Reduced (at present) to fewer than 90, the kakapo have been isolated on Codfish Island (free of feral cats, weasels, and stoatsall introduced species) and are now under the strict, careful guardianship of the New Zealand National Kakapo Recovery Team. Montgomery and Bishop were granted 10 days in which to accompany members of the team (many volunteering their time and efforts) as they radio-tracked the birds night and day in their forest habitat, weighed chicks, watched nesting behavior through hidden cameras, and plowed through gale-force winds and torrential rain to monitor the well-being of their charges. Excellent photos and a readable, conversational text provide an intimate look at a concerted effort to save a drastically endangered species unfamiliar to most of the world outside Down Under. Readers who enjoyed this author/photographer team's "The Tarantula Scientist" (2007) or "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo" (2006, both Houghton) will gobble up this tribute to ecological science in action."Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY" Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Sy Montgomery
Sy Montgomery is a National Book Award finalist and a Sibert medalist who has written more than twenty-two books. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. www.symontgomery.com
Keith Ellenbogen is an award-winning underwater photographer and assistant professor of photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology / SUNY. www.bluereef.com

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2010
Scientists in the Field
Age Range
10 - 12 years
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
Winner 2011
Finalist 2010
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
Nominee 2012
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2011
Young Hoosier Book Award
Nominee 2013
Grand Canyon Reader Award
Nominee 2015

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