Katherine Rawson (If You Were a Parrot) was inspired to write this book by watching her pet parrot, Shadow, a small green parrot with a big personality. When she is not playing with parrots, reading or writing about them, she teaches English as a Second Language at a community college and works as a freelance writer. She is a former elementary school teacher. Katherine's article ?Baby Parrots? was published by Confetti Magazine in the spring of 2004.