Nestling Cockatoos: The Story of Squeak and Squawk
Wild Dog Books, 2021
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
When their tree-home was cut down leaving two baby sulphur-crested cockatoos alone because their parents flew away in fear, wildlife rangers rescued them and raised them until they were able to be independent. Anyone who has heard the screech of these common birds of the bush will understand how well their names Squeak and Squawk suit them, and will enjoy following this photographic journey of their survival from just two weeks old.
Written for young readers, this is a beautiful book written and photographed by a wildlife carer and includes just enough information to give the intended audience what they need to know about these majestic birds. Teacher’s notes encourage young readers to think about why young creatures need human help and what can be done to help them.
A great introduction not only to sulphur-crested cockatoos but also to how books can provide us with information and open new worlds.