About the Book

Written in 2004 and inspired by real events that took place in 2003 (see the real Lucky), the book 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.

The book is printed on recycled and chlorine-free paper to protect the environment and the world’s forests and was printed in the United States by Recycled Paper Printing Inc, Boston, Massachusetts

Lucky is a publication of the Avian Welfare Coalition, and was produced with assistance and support from the World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Animal Welfare Trust , Born Free USA  and Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services

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About the Author:

Monica has worked professionally in the animal protection movement for over 15 years. Her work has included, field work, undercover investigations, lobbying, and media and public education campaigns. Monica also holds a degree in wildlife science with an emphasis on environmental ethics from Humboldt State University. She has traveled twice to Indonesia for parrot conservation projects. 

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About the illustrator:

Melodee Strong earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Illustration. Melodee is completing her Master of Fine Arts in Illustration from Hartford University through a Limited Residency Program. Currently, Melodee teaches courses in painting, drawing, and illustration to all ages at various locations close to her home and presents to schools and colleges about her career.Her illustrations have received awards from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and the Society of Illustrators New York.

Melodee has illustrated eight other children’s books, including titles such as Colorful World and the You Are Important board book series. Both projects receiving 2009 Teachers’ Choice Awards. Melodee lives in Minneapolis, MN with her son Romario.

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About the Avian Welfare Coalition:

Formed in 2000, the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) is a working alliance of veterinarians, conservationists, avian welfare and animal protection organizations dedicated to the ethical treatment of parrots and other captive birds.

The Mission of the AWC is to raise awareness about the plight of parrots and other captive birds and to serve as an educational resource for the humane community, lawmakers, and the general public.

The AWC also aims to prevent the abuse, exploitation, and suffering of captive birds, to address issues of rescue, placement and sanctuary for displaced birds, to increase legal protections for captive birds and to support legitimate conservation programs aimed at preserving birds’ rightful place in the wild. 


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About the Indonesian Parrot Project:

The Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP) is a non-profit organization that works in collaboration with several Indonesian non-profit organizations to help people and parrots in Indonesia through sustainable income projects, community benefit programs and education with a view to stop the trapping and trade of Indonesian parrots and to protect parrot habitat.

IPP initiated the rehabilitation and release center – Kembali Bebas ("Return to Freedom") Avian Rehabilitation Center rescue, rehabilitate, and release individual parrots who fall victim to the wild bird trade.

IPP also organizes eco-tours to their major sites of work (Seram Island and the Raja Ampat Islands off West Papua), which in turn will bring income to ex-trappers who now act as bird guides and porters.

For more information visit: http://www.indonesian-parrot-project.org/aboutus.htm

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