In a Parrot's Shoes
Artist: Ed Woodward III
read .. Recommended ... 5 stars
It is three weeks before the
end of fifth grade when Megan Parrot comes to join the class.
Mindy likes her right away until Megan begins copying everything
Mindy does. Mindy likes to be a little bit different… one
red shoe and one yellow shoe, and the like. Mindy fusses and
fumes as Megan get a notebook like Mindy's and wants only the
bottoms of the hamburger bun like Mindy's until Mom points out
that Megan must think Mindy is pretty cool or she would not copy.
The more Mindy thinks about that the more she realizes that Megan
is giving her a real compliment to copy.
Writer Wilson presents a fun
read in her little book "In a Parrot's Shoes". The
book is 17 pages, language used has a nice lyric flow, vocabulary
is what we expect to find in a book meant for the 9-14 year set.
The dilemma presented is one kids this age often encounter. The
solution is nicely worked out. Mindy and her gaggle of friends
typify kids teachers see everyday in the middle grades.
"In a Parrot's Shoes"
is a book teachers, parents and kids alike will find enjoyable.
The work will fit into the classroom as a discussion starter
for a unit on self perception, treating one another with acceptance
and understanding. Kids who do not often read anything will enjoy
the shorter length. I hope writer Wilson plans more of these
Enjoyed "In a Parrot's Shoes".
As the parent of a kid who always wanted to be different I can
sympathize with Mindy, and with Mindy's Mom!