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Join a father and daughter as they find their wings together and take to the skies in this funny, tender tale from the master of contemporary storytelling.
Polly Parrett meets Polly parrot. Together, can they solve a murder mystery? Things just don't always go the right way for pet-sitter, Polly Parrett. Dogs and cats can be tough enough; now she finds herself having to cope with a moody macaw, a volatile new resident at her mother's halfway house for veterans, and oh yeah, a dead body. What's more, the parrot and Polly share the same name, which not only makes for a lot of confusion, but it just might be that the parrot is the smarter of the two.
When nine-year-old Calvin migrates to Petoskey, Michigan in 1876, he meets Little Pigeon and her Ojibwa family. She introduces him to her infirmary for wounded passenger pigeons that have not been able to fly away, and he learns to take care of the birds until they are ready to return to the huge flock the following year. The family is amazed and awed by the millions of birds that darken the sky like a thick cloud and cover the ground with droppings and feathers. Calvin's teenage brother, Eric, is anxious to shoot as many birds as possible, but his father will only allow enough to feed the family. The following year, Uncle Benny arrives on his wagon, and announces that he is waiting for the flock to return, so he can harvest hundreds to sell in Chicago. Eric longs to join his uncle, so he leaves one night with his gun and the two find passage on a ship to seek their fortune. . .
Each book in the Happy Street series focuses on a different shop - children can pop out the shop and play pieces after they've enjoyed the story. Mr Paws has a very busy day ahead of him at the pet shop. The pets need feeding and grooming, and there are lots of customers to serve. There are so many different types of pets - scaly, furry, soft and with hard shells. What kind of pet would you like best?
When Edith met a cheeky young lyrebird on her garden path, she could not guess that he would one day be known as A Miracle of the Dandenongs. Soon, James the lyrebird was singing and dancing for Edith, mimicking the birdsongs and other sounds that echoed through the bush. Word of their friendship spread and people travelled from near and far to film and record James. But with people came change ... This true story, retold by Jackie Kerin and beautifully illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, celebrates a remarkable friendship between a gardener and one of Australias most extraordinary birds.
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