Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (PressExposure) June 01, 2008 -- May 31 marks the international holiday dedicated to celebrating, honoring and protecting parrots: World Parrot Day. World Parrot Day is a nationwide event that aims to raise awareness of the threats to captive and wild parrots.
World Parrot Day was founded on May 21, 2004, by the World Parrot Trust, a charity dedicated to saving parrots. World Parrot Day receives a large amount of support from zoos and animal conservation organizations throughout the world. Every year, many different parades and celebrations are held in honor of these beautiful birds on World Parrot Day.
Families can celebrate World Parrot Day by reading Katherine Rawsonâs âIf You Were a Parrot.â A 2007 ForeWord Book of the Year finalist, this whimsical book that will have children imagining what life would be like as a pet parrot. Readers join four parrots and their young multicultural owners as they morph into four-toed parrots climbing around the house and chewing wooden spoons and popsicles â sticks and all â with hooked parrot beaks!
This educational childrenâs book is available through Sylvan Dell Publishing, a publisher of science, math and nature themed childrenâs books.
The back of every Sylvan Dell book features a 3 to 5 page âFor Creative Mindsâ section. The âFCMâ section introduces fun facts, crafts, vocabulary and games to reinforce the educational value and to support National Science and Math Standards. In âIf You Were a Parrot,â the âFCMâ section features fun facts, tips for taking care of a pet parrot and a âMake a Beakâ craft.
In honor of World Parrot Day, Sylvan Dell Publishing presents these fun parrot facts, found in the âFCMâ section of âIf You Were a Parrotâ:
â¢ Parrots are animals in the âAvesâ class, which means that they are a type of bird. â¢ These birdsâ colorful feathers not only help them to fly- the feathers also keep them warm in cold weather. â¢ Birds are warm-blooded-just like us! This means that they have to create their own body heat. â¢ Parrots donât have teeth to chew foodâ¦but they do have beaks that are strong enough to break through hard seeds or nuts! â¢ There are over 300 species of parrots! Four of the 300 species are found in the picture book âIf You Were a Parrotâ.
To read more interesting facts about parrots and to complete fun parrot activities in honor of World Parrot Day, visit [http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/documents/Parrot-ForCreativeMinds.pdf].
Any questions regarding World Parrot Day or Sylvan Dell Publishing can be sent to LaurenGreene@SylvanDellPublishing.com. To order âIf You Were a Parrotâ or any other Sylvan Dell childrenâs book, visit http://www.SylvanDellPublishing.com.