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Kid Lit Pick — The Parrot Tico Tango

Posted on: September 16, 2008

Today I’m participating in the Tuesday carnival from 5 Minutes for Books.  This week’s topic is kiddie lit — a book that your kids have read recently (or in my case of an almost-3-year-old and a 10-month-old, a book you have read to them) that they have enjoyed.  I could write a whole blog on this topic, of course, with our love of Barefoot Books!

One of our favorites here at home is The Parrot Tico Tango, written and illustrated by Anna Witte.

We love the rhyming text and the rich, vivid illustrations!   I love the message behind the story of this greedy parrot who steals fruit from his friends.   After a while, he can’t hold all the fruit so he drops it all, much to the delight of his friends who get all their fruit back and have a little party!   Poor Tico Tango must repent in order for him to participate, but has to give a little in return.

My daughter really likes to point out all the animals and their expressions, too (the tears, the surprise, etc.) and she’s always asking about the fruit and the kind of animal on each page (it’s nice because it’s not the usual “farmyard” animal, but monkeys, leopards, lizards, etc.).

Not only are we captivated by the colors, rhyme, and message, but it’s a great way to introduce children to some tropical fruits to eat.  How exciting at the store the other day to show my girls the figs, papaya and mango, and put it into context of the story that my daughter loves! 

Barefoot lists product details as

Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4
Paperback; Full-color illustrations; 24pp;
10.25 x 10 inches
Check out some other pages of this beautiful book!

So . . . we love this here at home and read it over and over (and over and over).  Join in the repetition fun at your house, too!  🙂
And now for my self-promotion:  Get your copy for only $6.99 — who can beat that price?  It also comes in Spanish (El Loro Tico Tango).  (And check out the Scarlet Macaw puppet for $27.99, too).
And for a really special treat, order through my Barefoot Books website for 10% off all Barefoot products!  (Shipping is about $6.50, so while you’re there, you might want to stock up on a few Christmas gifts, too!)  You must use the following button for the discount:

10% Off Standard Button

Happy Reading!  Hope you and your kids love this parrot and his friends as much as we do!

9 Responses to "Kid Lit Pick — The Parrot Tico Tango"

How cute!

I love rich colorful art.

Thanks for participating.

We have a few Barefoot Books that I bought years ago. I really love them. (We also have the Story Tree audio CD that my oldest has listened to, literally, thousands of times over.) The quality of the illustrations can’t be beat — and this one looks like no exception! 🙂

That looks fabulous! And a great coupon too . . .


Very vibrant colors! Sounds like a good story line, too.

Those are such pretty, bright colors! It really brings it to life! Thanks for the coupon, too! 🙂

You had me at “rich, vivid illustrations.” We’ll be checking this one out (literally).

We have this one too! My little peanut loves it. Right up there with Animal Boogie!

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I love those colorful pages! 🙂

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