- Book Style: Story book for kids – teach kids business
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Self-Drawn!
- Age Target: 2-10 Years of Age
- Author: Paul Eckert and Baby Falcon Books
- Author’s Page: Baby Falcon Books
- Book Purchase Page: $9.99 USD
- Social Media Links: Facebook
The Parrot’s Great Gift is what I’d call a story with a point. Baby Falcon Books has produced quite the interesting book for kids that teaches a very important concept: entrepreneurship and/or owning your own business.
Now, that doesn’t mean that this is a book about business that kids will find boring. Quite the opposite in fact. There’s a level of genius here that I didn’t know what available in children’s books, as the author has cleverly hidden the message within a pretty standard story. In fact, with just a few switches of words/terms, the author has created what I would call a masterpiece.
If you’ve read my reviews here on Kids Fun Channel, I think you know that I don’t use words like that lightly. As someone who owns multiple small businesses, I can tell you that there’s a real freedom in building your life this way. I’ve worked the 9-5 world and there’s really nothing like running your own show. Enough about me though…here’s a bit about the story.
Ara is a parrot who lives in the Amazon forest with all the other animals. This includes a lot of parrots, all of whom are forced to sing by the “bosses”. They’re unfortunately not given much for this forced singing and so they struggle in some ways. For example, when Ara wants to go to his friend’s birthday party (Ana the snake), he wants to get his friend a gift. Unfortunately, he can’t really afford anything and so he decides that he’ll sing his friend a song. What he learns from this is that he loves singing. His family learns that it’s a great idea too and they all sing together as a family from that day on.
Do you get how this alludes to doing what you love and starting your own business? I have to be honest in that I didn’t understand what Paul Eckert was doing right up to the last page of the book. It was only on that page that I understood his message and the real reason for the book. It was then that I had to try the book on my little guy.
His response was incredible. He instantly loved the fact that the parrot family was doing their own singing and he mentioned to me that they would “be happier” singing together. Although he has no concept of business whatsoever, he instantly understood that it would be better to do what he loves. If that’s not something that every parent wants for their kid, I don’t know what is.
This is an interesting topic for The Parrot’s Great Gift. See, there are no illustrations in this book. Instead, the author has prompted you and your child to draw things in on each page in a space provided. Need a visual to understand what I mean?
Now, what’s so great about this is the impression it’s going to leave on your child. It’s not every book that they get to draw and color in. This is especially true when we’re talking about story books that you’re reading with them. The feeling this creates will be one of excitement, and that will pair with the message of the book to leave a fantastic impression with your child.
Honestly, there’s nothing like this book out there. This is simply a top notch production from an author who knows exactly what he’s doing and how to go about doing it. He’s teaching your child (and I bet some parents) the importance of doing what you love and chasing your dreams. He’s teaching your little one the great notion of being your own boss, and he (and Baby Falcon Books) are doing this for only $9.99 USD. That’s one of the least expensive books we’ve reviewed here, and that’s simply an amazing offer for parents. Head on over to Baby Falcon Books’ The Parrot’s Great Gift and pick it up now! Your child will thank you many years from now. I know mine will.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!