Lucky - based on true story
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posted 5 years ago

rainbow lorries are wonderful, energetic, smart and nector eaters and beautiful. it was wonderful to find a childrens book about this breed. the pics are greak and the story is charming. as i remember

Pros: lucky

Cons: none

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Rating: 5

Great new children's book

posted 6 years ago

I'm going to just re-post a review from Good Reads written by Children's book expert Christina Rodriguez because I really can't say it better myself.

"This children’s picture book (based on a true story) is about the capture and eventual release of Lucky, a rainbow lorikeet, through the efforts of a young Indonesian boy named Kersen. Kersen feels unconditional love for Lucky that inspires him to learn about the species, empathize, and eventually set free the bird he cares for so much.

The plight of captive birds is gently presented through the story in a way that is very accessible to all audiences. Engebretson deftly avoids anthropomorphizing and excessively moralizing Lucky’s predicament while still showing Kersen’s torn emotions, kind acts, and compassion in setting him free. The book goes beyond merely teaching kindness towards animals and shows the power of simply doing the right thing for a wild creature. Even older readers like me may surprise themselves with tears when Kersen says his touching goodbye to his friend. The story is beautifully written and is not “preachy” at all.

Melodee’s illustrations are a wonderful complement to the words. Rich tones of warm sunsets and cool tropics permeate the background, while the lorikeets take flight in vibrant shades of rainbow colors. Melodee has always shown ample strength in rendering expressive, multicultural human characters in her other books, and Lucky is no exception. Kersen’s character is as amiable and expressive as his written description. I love Melodee’s textural backgrounds as well: an effective use of acrylic paints on watercolor paper that allows for some neat brush effects.

This book is perfect for parents and educators to teach children why wild animals belong in their native habitats, and offers interesting tidbits about parrots, Indonesian culture, tropical forest ecosystems, and conservation. Lucky is printed on recycled, chlorine-free paper using wind power. Furthermore, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book benefit avian welfare, rescue, and conservation. To learn more the real-life Lucky, download lesson plans, and purchase a copy of the book, please visit Lucky's website at

Pros: Great message, beautiful illustrations, educational, touching

Cons: none

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