This children’s book — based on a true story — tells the story of Lucky, a parrot who is captured in the wild and eventually regains his freedom with the help of a young boy.
The story helps encourage children to be kind to animals without being didactic and gently awakens readers to the plight of captive birds.
Written in 2004, this much-awaited story is finally available to the public in this beautifully illustrated 32 page softcover book that is printed on recycled, chlorine-free paper to protect the environment and the world's forests. What's more, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book benefit avian welfare, rescue, and conservation – to help birds like Lucky.
The story is also a perfect fit for a wider educational curriculum including geography and culture of Indonesia, the natural history, behavior, and physical characteristics of parrots and tropical forest ecosystems, as well as real-life conservation efforts.
"Lucky, Monica Engebretson’s beautiful, moving book is a story that children will adore. Lucky is a not-so-lucky Lorikeet captured for the pet trade and sold as a gift to a little boy. But the boy’s compassion, kindness, and perseverance bring back the bird’s luck, and teach us all how what real love is – wanting what is best for others. I loved this book, and you and your children will, too."
- Zoe Weil, President of Institute for Humane Education and author of Above All, Be Kind, Most Good, Least Harm, and the children’s books, Claude and Medea and So, You Love Animals. Institute for Humane Education
"Wild parrots are no different than other wild birds. They love freedom. They are not meant to live in captivity. Unfortunately, many people have trouble grasping this fact. Monica Engebretson’s wonderful story Lucky should go a long way toward changing this misperception among young people. She clearly knows wild parrots. I can see and feel their familiar, magical ways throughout her story. Highly recommended."
- Mark Bittner, author of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
"Often a story about an individual animal can make a difference in the lives of the humans who read it and the animals with whom they interact. Lucky is one such tale, about a bird - a beautiful rainbow lorikeet - named Lucky who was captured, taken care of by a young boy named Kersen, and then released because Kersen came to realize that keeping Lucky as a pet and depriving him of his freedom was wrong. As Lucky flew away with a flock other lorikeets Kersen shouted, "I love you Lucky and I understand." Kersen continued taking care of other unfortunate captive birds until they could fly to freedom. Lucky presents an inspirational win-win situation for all the beings involved, human and nonhuman. Thanks to Monica Engebretson for sharing this story with us."
- Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado; author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, and How Animals Play: Rules of the Game and editor of the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare and the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships; http://literati.net/Bekoff