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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Yara and the Yellow-Headed Parrots by Yossi Lapid is a 44 page-long colorful story about a man who has a difficult decision to make. His son is on the brink of death, and he will do anything to save him, including poaching some critically endangered birds from their nest. Yara is aware of the man’s plight and tries to sway him from his path. Will she be able to help both him and the birds? I loved this book, from the bright, detailed watercolor pictures to the sensitive portrayal of the reality a family faces when a young one is ill. This story touches on the reality of how people and nature often come into conflict, especially where natural resources are in the balance. A family with little or no money, and a rainforest filled with treasures.
The solution is a win-win for all, and Yara takes a bit of credit for that. Having gone through an illness similar to what the father’s child is going through, she is able to point to a positive solution for all. The story sets the stage for a discussion with children, either in the classroom or at home. When man and nature come into conflict, it is often nature that suffers, though it doesn’t always need to be that way. This story shows that, given some forethought and patience, there are other alternatives that can bring about the desired outcome. Yara and the Yellow-Headed Parrots by Yossi Lapid is a brilliant story about a girl and a father who come together to solve a life problem and go away with a positive result. This book is a clear winner and highly recommended.