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The Pizza Man and the Parrots
by Nancy S. Mure   

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Children

Publisher:  Synergebooks ISBN-10:  07443010822 Type: 
Pages: 

24

Copyright:  March 1, 2006
Fiction

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Mr. Martinelli, a good natured pizza man is amazed to see twelve green parrots – tropical birds –on the electrical wires outside of his pizzeria in January! He feeds the birds a scattering of breadcrumbs but the parrots snub his offerings: they want rice balls! Mr. Martinelli prepares the rice balls but the hungry birds refuse them.

Despite his crowded pizzeria, Mr. Martinelli tries to please the intelligent birds who begin to make demands: “no parsley, no sauce, no cheese! “ The so-called adaptable creatures prove to be the pizza man’s toughest customers! The Pizza Man and The Parrots is an unforgettable tale about misinterpretation and also reminds young people the importance of careful listening. The fun storyline, vivid illustrations and warm humor will have appeal to a broad audience; especially aspiring cooks and nature buffs aged 5 years and up.

Bare trees and a cloudy, January sky meant one thing in New York: snow.  Above the attached houses and garden apartments of Brooklyn, Mr. Martinelli, a local pizza man, looked up and saw a big green parrot perched on an electrical wire.  And then he saw another and another.  At the very top of the pole, Mr. Martinelli saw a huge nest built near a warm utility box where another six or seven parrots rested.

On this cold winter afternoon, Mr. Martinelli counted a dozen parrots--tropical birds--living in Brooklyn!   Amazed at how adaptable they were, he watched others as he passed all the food shops on Atlantic Avenue.  He listened to their unfamiliar sound  as he walked:  “GLAK, GLAK, GLAK.” 

Perhaps they are hungry,  Mr. Martinelli thought as he opened his pizzeria for lunch.

He went inside, then emerged with bread crumbs, and scattered them along the sidewalk. 

Pigeons and seagulls swooped down to eat the crumbs, but the green parrots didn’t come down from the electrical wire.

“Oh well,” Mr. Martinelli muttered. He went inside to make his pizza pies.  It would be another very busy day.

As he closed for the day, he noticed the birds still perched on the wire, grooming and kissing one another.  Some purred and their feathers were fluffed.

The next day as he opened his pizzeria, Mr. Martinelli saw the parrots watching him from above. He splattered bread crumbs for them, but they just looked at him and then each other.  They cocked their heads as the Pigeons and seagulls pecked at Mr. Martinelli’s offering  and remained on the wire.

                           Mangia, eat!” he hollered with his arms open toward the colorful parrots on the wire.

Later as Mr. Martinelli was taking out the trash, he heard the parrots chattering, singing, and talking among themselves. He heard one say, SQUAWK, rice balls, SQUAWK!”
          “Huh?” Mr. Martinelli gazed around, puzzled....

Excerpt
The next day as he opened his pizzeria, Mr. Martinelli saw the parrots watching him from above. He splattered bread crumbs for them, but they just looked at him and then each other. They cocked their heads as the Pigeons and seagulls pecked at Mr. Martinelli’s offerings and remained on the wire.
“Mangia, eat!” he hollered with his arms open toward the colorful parrots on the wire.
Later as Mr. Martinelli was taking out the trash, he heard the parrots chattering, singing, and talking among themselves. He heard one say, “SQUAWK, rice balls, SQUAWK!”
“Huh?” Mr. Martinelli gazed around, puzzled....


Professional Reviews

~ Turner Simpson, Atlanta Georgia
YOUR books tell stories about being different
and how to cope

so I AM GLAD you quit your day job

Nancy Mure's books not only belong in the hands of every child under the age of 10 but to all the kids over the age of 11.
Her books give the warm and fuzzys to kids and adults
They belong in doctors waiting rooms
and children's hospital wards.

For Nancy Mure she's crazy enough to think
she could change the world and she succeeded







A Literary Feast!
I'm a fan of Nancy S. Mure books; always have been, always will be. Her books never disappoint. The Pizza Man and the Parrots is wonderful, whimsical, and fun! The colors are vibrant. The story kept my 6 and 8 year old daughters engaged and interested throughout. It sure made this former Brooklyn girl miss the sounds, smells, and a good rice ball! Enjoy the literary feast! MANGIA!

Picky Parrots are Fun!
As if parrots in January in the snow in Brooklyn, NY wanting riceballs a particular way isn't enough of a strange sight... These birds are picky! I had such a good laugh reading The Pizza Man and the Parrots. As a Brooklyn transplant I could imagine this story playing out on the electrical wires in my old neighborhood! My daughter loved it! The Pizza Man and the Parrots is fun, especially if you like riceballs!


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