Kakapo Rescue by Sy Montgomery

Kakapo Rescue

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...

Details Kakapo Rescue

TitleKakapo Rescue
Release DateMay 24th, 2010
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreNonfiction, Animals, Science, Childrens, Birds, Picture Books, Environment, Nature, Middle Grade, Juvenile

Reviews Kakapo Rescue

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    This is a strange little 9 pound parrot that cannot fly, smells like honey, and can live to be 100 years old. They sleep during the day and forage at night. An endangered species, the Kakapo, - pronounced KAR-ka-poe - that only reside on an island just outside New Zealand, called Codfish Island, where a full blown recovery team works 24/7 to maintain and increase their fragile numbers. These whiskered, owl-faced parrots do not talk, but they can ...
  • Manybooks
    Now as much as I have indeed enjoyed Sy Montgomery's Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot, I do find the use of the word strange in the title to describe the Kakapo both a bit off-putting and even potentially insulting, as for me, calling an animal species, labelling anything for that matter as strange has right from the onset a bit of negativity attached to it, and thus, it in my opinion would have been much better and less potenti...
  • Cheryl
    Science as a verb. The nitty-gritty, the hard work, the attention to detail, the heartbreak.... This book is absolutely not just for kids, or just for parrot fans. Anyone looking for a career, or a second career, should consider what they can do for the creatures our human self-centeredness has displaced. This book, without being annoyingly preachy, makes it clear why.Btw, as of Jan. 12, 2018, the population count of Kakapos is at 151... great pr...
  • Jess
    I find it difficult to convey my enthusiasm for this book without sounding ridiculous. "It's about these parrots! That smell like honey! And they're almost extinct, and these people had to wait five years for a chick to hatch so they could go to New Zealand for ten days to write this book! You should totally read it." Yeah. But that's pretty much how I feel. The story has a great sense of urgency, both because the parrots are so endangered (87 ar...
  • Betsy
    One Sentence Review: Not only does this make the greatest nonfiction booktalk of all time ("It's about gigantic parrots that can't fly and smell like honey!!") but the storytelling and the photography really set this one apart from the pack.
  • Kate
    Confession: I wasn't much of a non-fiction reader growing up. I loved being swept up in stories. I loved the mystery, the drama, the tension of a great novel, whether it took place in a fantasy world or a town that felt just like mine. And when I thought about non-fiction, I generally thought of things like my junior high school social studies book, which was....fine, I guess...and even occasionally interesting, but certainly not something I'd re...
  • Michele
    Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest ParrotRobert F. Sibert Medal Winner 2011By Sy MontgomeryAudience: intermediateGenre: nonfictionAbsolutely stunning photographs accompany this detailed documentary of the journey a group of researchers take to rescue the kakapos. Truly an adventure- I would use it as a source book, rather than assigning it for kids to read cover to cover. Activities/Questions for each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy with r...
  • Margaret
    This book chronicles the visit of author, Sy Montgomery and photographer, Nic Bishop’s visit to Codfish Island off the southern tip of New Zealand to show the steps being taken to save the kakapo parrot from the brink of extinction. This book won the Robert F. Sibert award in 2011. It is especially detailed and incredibly interesting. The book begins with a story of one of the parrots. At the end of the first chapter, it gives basic facts about...
  • A_Cathy
    This book written by Sy Montgomery and photographed by Nic Bishop is about the extinction and rescue of the Kakapo(Kar-ka-poe)Bird from New Zealand told by nest-minders(a team that observes, cares for, and helps rescue kakapo's and other to-be extinct animals);scientists in the field. With only eighty-seven in existence, kakapos were all taken and put on Codfish Island in New Zealand (a sterilized, nearly impossible island to get to). Nest-minder...
  • Arminzerella
    The kapako is a rare species of flightless parrot unique to New Zealand. It is a large bird, weighing in at nearly 9 lbs, with soft, mossy-green feathers that smell like a mixture of honey and peat. Its large size and generally sanguine nature make it an easy target for predators (both human and introduced species such as rats, cats, and stoats), and it was hunted nearly into extinction in the past couple centuries. Small populations of the birds...
  • Reader
    If I could kiss a book and tell it I loved it with all my heart, you just know that's what I'd be doing with this one. Montgomery has a knack for finding interesting subjects for her nonfiction chapter books, but she's outdone herself with this one. Aside from the tantalizing term "World's Strangest Parrot" in the title, there's not a soul alive who won't finish this book and immediately want a kakapo of their very own. Practically driven to exti...
  • Perri
    A nocturnal parrot that can't fly and smells of honey? World's strangest indeed! I requested this book not knowing it was juvenile non-fiction and so glad I did. It really works just fine for an adult-kind of like reading a magazine article about the fight to save an animal I'd never heard of in a place I didn't know existed. An added bonus are the stunning photographs. Don't let prejudice against kids' books keep you from this one.
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    Sy Montgomery does it again! This time she's on an island in New Zealand, sanctuary to an endangered flightless parrot, the kakapo, the heaviest in the world. It once flourished all over New Zealand, but has been driven to the brink of extinction by the introduction of foreign predators and diseases. As with all her books, Sy's writing makes you feel as if you are there experiencing it all with her. Her opening paragraphs, in which she introduces...
  • Andree Sanborn
    Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest ParrotWhat a beautiful book. This is a non-fiction account of the efforts to save the Kakapo parrot in New Zealand from extinction. The photography is stunning, the story is sad, the efforts to save the parrot are so valiant and the writing is engaging. I learned that the natural history of New Zealand is utterly fantastic — and has almost disappeared. When this book was written, there were only 87 Ka...
  • Corbin
    I thought it was a pretty good book. It was very interesting all the new technology they had. They put in a lot of work and it looks very hard to keep the Kakapo alive. Most of the team gets on a plane and another plane, just to get to Codfish Island. Once they get there they set up all of their equipment. They immediately start working. They monitor all of the nests on the island and go to each one of them, every time the mother leaves. They che...
  • Rebecca
    Kakapo parrots are the rarest in the world--fewer than 100 survive, on a tiny island off New Zealand. They are flightless, nocturnal, heavy, and smell like honey. This is an account of the kakapo, and the people trying desperately to save them.This book got stars on pretty much every review, and it deserves them. The topic is fascinating and compelling, the pictures are wonderful, and the book is well-structured and well-told. Narrative nonfictio...
  • Sarah
    I picked this up for an earth day book talk I'm doing, and I'm SO glad I did. Wow, I'd never thought to experience such a broad range of emotions in a book about birds. I'm excited to book talk it--along with hoot and some other great titles. I went to the Kakapo rescue site and saw that as of March 2011 there were 100 Kakapo, up from the total in the book, but several important birds have died. In one part of the book they refer to watching the ...
  • Holly Mueller
    I think people who devote their lives researching, studying, rescuing, and just loving animals are fascinating. This book is about a team of people who are devoted to saving the critically endangered Kakapo Parrots who live on the remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand. Only 91 parrots remain. The photographs are beautiful, and although there are plenty of nonfiction merits to the text, Sy Montgomery also captures the emotion...
  • Bdalton
    The Kakapo is a rare flightless bird from New Zealand. This is the story of the volunteers, rangers, and scientists fighting for its preservation as a species. The book is narrative non-fiction at its best and the photographs by Nic Bishop are divine. This book won the Robert F. Sibert award for juvenile non-fiction in 2011. This is a great book for anyone who likes stories about animals, animal behavior, and survival. Facts about what you can do...
  • Tiffany
    This book could be read by a girl or boy who is in the grade 5 to 8. This book is about trying to save the kakapo parrots that are going extinct. By having fourteen people who share one hut and the passion to save these kakapo parrots to have them make a comeback in New Zealand.This book has real live photos with bright color and pictures. There is also captions with the pictures as well.Robert F. Sibert Medal and Honor Books 2011
  • Beverly
    Fascinating look at an unusual flightless parrot that lives on only one small island near New Zealand, and which devoted volunteers are trying to rescue from extinction. One can also see these cute parrots on several youtube videos with Stephen Fry.
  • Lynn
    Very interesting species; fantastic photographs by Nic Bishop!
  • Hannah
    Audience: Intermediate grades, animal loversAppeal: Beautiful photographs, narrative format, helpful captions under pictures.Award: 2011 Robert F. Sibert medal winner
  • Erica
    i finally know what love is. honestly this book was great, i had no idea what a kakapo even was and now i am incredibly invested and heartbroken
  • Taylor Nelson
    Summary: This book is about scientists journey to help save the Kakapo parrot. This parrot is not like any other parrot because it weighs up to 9 pounds, has a flat face, doesn’t talk, can’t fly, and lives for a long time. The Kakapo is the heaviest parrot, it “growls, booms, and chings”, they climb and can live until they are 70 years old. Sy Montgomery describes how they arrived at Codfish Island to study the near extinct 91 Kakapo parr...
  • Dain Frisby-Dart
    This book is amazing in so many ways. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me was that I thought it contained just too much information for kids to process, even older, middle school ones. This is a pretty long book with a ton of information- awesome information! But it's a lot. Accompanied by gorgeous photographs of the New Zealand area where the almost extinct Kakapo parrot live it's hard not to love this book. The writing is engaging but...
  • Madison Fender
    Summary:This book is a scientist in the field book that talks about Kakapo's. These animals live off of the coast of New Zealand but the catch is that there are only 90 of these birds remaining in the world. These creatures are seen suffering in a declining population in New Zealand but 14 scientists have a goal to save the species. Throughout this book it describes these flightless birds and also talks about how they are starting to regrow this ...
  • Katie Creighton
    On the coast off the southern island in New Zealand the Kakapo an indigenous parrot resides. Sy Montgomery supports this story with research about the parrot that portrays the immense population loss they have suffered throughout the years. The unique birds have found refuge on an island in New Zealand with New Zealand’s National Kakapo Recovery Team in hopes to return the population of the Kakapo parrots. Montgomery and colleague Nic Bishop do...