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A Pandemonium of Parrots and other animals by Kate Baker & Hui Skipp

A Pandemonium of Parrots, a Conspiracy of Lemurs and a Bouquet of Hummingbirds. Did you know that there were such wonderful collective words for birds and animals? Thirteen different collective words for various creatures are included in this beautiful, non fiction, illustrated picture book which provided an enjoyable learning experience for me as well as my daughter.

We learnt the collective names for animals, birds and fish including lizards, lemurs, tigers and flamingoes as well as parrots. Starting with angelfish each double spread is covered in a particular species and there is also a short rhyme to describe them. But there isn’t only a rhyme. The pages are also dotted with questions e.g who’s bumpy?, who’s catching flies? who’s standing on one leg? These questions invite children to really look at the pictures and provide a great stimulus to discuss actions e.g. who’s waving?, who’s laughing?, who’s resting? or emotions, e.g who’s cross? who’s sad? who’s unhappy? We had a lot of fun trying to find the parrot who was sitting backwards, enjoyed matching the angelfish and my daughter spent a long time trying to find the hummingbird that was resting. A double page spread at the back of the book asks another question about each animal, bird or fish then the final ‘Who’s Who’ page gives fun facts about each creature and the origins of their collective names.

A Pandemonium of Parrots is a sturdy hardback with thick paper pages, it’s perfect for browsing and there is so much detail in Hui Skipp’s beautiful illustrations. Not only are a variety of creatures included in the book but many double spreads show different varieties of them, e.g. beetles, frogs and bears. They’re shown in their natural habitats and it’s really difficult to choose a favourite page. As a bear lover I love the bears, my daughter’s favourite are the multicoloured hummingbirds.

There is a lot of learning in A Pandemonium of Parrots and it’s definitely a book to share, groups of children will have fun answering the questions together. Matching cards with the collective word on one card and the name of the creature on the other could be made or each child could match the rhyme from the book with the creature that it refers to. This would be a fantastic book to include in classroom topics on wildlife, animals, birds, insects as well as habitats. Older children could also be challenged to find more collective names for various creatures.

Age Range: 3+

Author: Kate Baker / Illustrator: Hui Skipp

Thank you to Big Picture Press for sending us a copy of A Pandemonium of Parrots and other animals. It’s a beautifully illustrated book which will interest adults as well as children, the perfect coffee table book.

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14 responses to “A Pandemonium of Parrots and other animals by Kate Baker & Hui Skipp”

  1. bookishlandlaura avatar

    Oh wow, this looks like a really interesting and fun book! I think both my girls would actually enjoy this thanks for sharing! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! It’s a lovely coffee table book to dip in and out of 🙂

  2. Acorn books avatar

    This book is beautiful, so colourful! I love the title, it’s a great one to say out loud! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a real tongue twister isn’t it 🙂

  3. Kate (Along Came Poppy) avatar

    I think Grandma would love this, she has a thing about collective nouns lol! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re not the first commenter to say that!!

  4. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This looks fantastic – educational and with beautiful illustrations! My little niece would love it.

    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The animals are drawn in so many different poses with different expressions – just brilliant 🙂

  5. BookBairn avatar

    Is it weird that I’m kind of obsessed with collective nouns?? I have a dish towel with lots on. This book is right up my alley (of clowns!). Ok, it is weird! Fab review! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that there are weirder obsessions to have! You will probably know all the collective nouns in the book 🙂

  6. chantelle hazelden avatar

    This looks wonderfully colourful, sounds like a brilliant learning tool! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      The colours are beautiful and I learnt some new words too!!

  7. Alex Baugh avatar

    This looks like it will be a really fun book for kids. I used to love teaching collective names for animals and fish to my kids in school. Wish I had a book like this back then.

    1. Catherine avatar

      This book is lovely and it wasn’t just my daughter who learnt some new collective names 🙂