- Book Style: Story book for toddlers and kids that teach toddlers business concepts
- 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 a fantastic introductory story book for toddlers and kids. Essentially, this book is meant to introduce the concept of owning your own business to toddlers and children. The book is published by Baby Falcon Books in partnership with author Paul Eckert, and I must say that it’s an impressive work.
When I first considering completing this book review for Toddler Book Reviews, I wondered if a book that was teaching a business concept to toddlers could ever make sense. I have to admit that I entered the review with some skepticism. I can honestly say that as I read the book the first time, I was immediately sold. Now, let me start with a bit about the story.
The story focuses on Ara, a parrot who lives in the Amazon Rain Forest. Ara’s parents, along with all the other parrots, have a very specific job. That job is to sing, and their “bosses” force them to do so (for very little in return). When Ara is invited to his best friend’s (Ana the snake) birthday party, he wants to buy a gift for Ana. Unfortunately, his family just doesn’t have the money to do so and Ara decides he’s going to sing his friend a song for her birthday. When he sings Ana his song, he realizes how much he likes doing it and how great it is to do it without a “boss” forcing his to do so. His family realizes the same and they come together to form a singing trio. From there, we get to see the parrot family’s closeness improve as well as their lives.
I’m pretty sure it’s evident, but I’ll say it anyways. Simply put, the author is alluding to doing what you love and therefore (someday) starting your own business. He shows the benefits of doing this through the happiness of the whole parrot family, and I think there’s an absolute level of genius here. Why do I say that?
I read this to my little guy and his response was nothing short of fantastic. He instantly understood that the “bosses” weren’t being the nicest (they could be). He also understood that everyone was happier once they’d decided to strike out on their own. He was specifically very excited by the fact that the family of parents spent more time cuddling now that they had started singing together.
I don’t know about you, but if I can impart the wisdom of “find something you love” and “do it well” within my toddler, I’m going to be ecstatic. This book gives you more than a chance at that.
This book takes a very different approach when it comes to the illustrations. Again, I think there’s a level of genius present in the decision made (which is to allow your child to draw/color in the illustrations). The reason I say that is because of the connection created between the book as your child colors in it. They’re truly making it their own book as they draw in it, and that’s creates a lasting memory (not to mention something you’ll look back on fondly).
See the picture below for an example. You’ll notice that there’s some good prompting and that your child won’t simply be left to think of what to draw. They’re drawing something that makes sense for the story and I think that engages them even further.
I don’t say this very often. Go buy this book. It’s only $9.99 USD and it will teach your child a set of fantastic lessons that they will use throughout their life. You can give them a jump on understanding how the world of business works and how pursuing what you love is so important. As a parent, I absolutely love giving my child this message and I’m sure you will to. Head on over to Baby Falcon Books’ The Parrot’s Great Gift and pick it up now! Your toddler will thank you many years from now. I know mine will.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,