From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3 - Young readers will immediately be drawn to this book by the vivid, colorful illustrations created from fabrics, paints, ink, and paper. Combining elements of a trickster tale and a cumulative story, the rhyming narrative describes how Tico Tango makes his way through the rainforest, snatching a yellow lemon, a purple fig, a red cherry, and other vibrantly colored goodies from his animal friends. The text on each page becomes progressively longer, repeating each of the stolen treats that the parrot carries along with him before pilfering the next item. The words are placed on the left-hand side, and the rest of the spread is covered with a large, lively jungle scene that offers plenty of details for readers to explore. A fun read-aloud, this book could also be used to introduce rainforest plants and animals, as well as for a study of art techniques. - Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
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PreS-K. Set in the rain forest and illustrated in lush tropical colors, this funny, cumulative rhyme tells of a greedy parrot that grabs a delicious fruit from each of his friends, until he holds so much that he drops everything. Some of the handsome collage illustrations, created from fabrics, acrylics, paper, ink, and pastels, may be too packed for the young audience, but the pictures do capture the dramatic standoff as the parrot grabs a round, yellow mango from a frog; an orange papaya from a leopard; a sweet, purple fig from a monkey; and more and more, leaving each of his friends shocked, tearful, and angry. The cumulative rhyme is a funny way to show the greedy creature adding too much. Then comes a satisfying conclusion that leads to a feast of fruits for all. Hazel Rochman
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