By Karen Dugan, 2010
Over many long years, Chicu is handed off from one owner to another until he finally ends up at a parrot sanctuary. Chicu’s story opens a window into the life of exotic birds whose very beauty leads to their imprisonment, birds whose unique qualities call out for understanding and care.
Why use this book?
- Demonstrates an accurate portrayal of what wild birds can experience when taken into captivity (being re-homed, improper care, etc).
- Includes great information at the end of the book on parrots as pets, including their specializes needs.
- Demonstrates the human-animal bond (both strong and weak) and how it can impact the care the bird receives.
Things to note:
- The birds are personified in this book. Discuss with students if birds would really express gratitude when vocalizing? If not, what do you think the birds would be communicating about?
- Illustrates a woman smoking next to a bird cage. Discuss with students pet health and how to keep them safe and happy.
- Chicu is not always re-homed to appropriate houses.
Ask your students:
- Why do you think Chicu was re-homed so often?
- Why is it important to do research before getting a pet?
- How do SPCAs and Humane Societies help homeless pets?
- World Wildlife Fund has information on wildlife capture and trade including problems associated with it and effects, including indirect harm.