Two faiths, two empires, two rulers - colliding in 1588. Papist Spain wants to bring down the heretic Elizabeth. Philip is building an armada but needs a rationale to attack. With covert intrigue, Spain sets a trap for the Queen and her principal secretary, Walsingham, using as a pawn Elizabeth's cousin Mary Stuart, who's under house arrest in the North. The trap springs, and the armada sets sail, to rendezvous with French ground forces and to attack. During these months, the Virgin Queen falls in love with Walter Raleigh, keeping him close to court and away from the sea and America. Is treachery or heroism at his heart? Does loneliness await her passionate majesty? Written by <jhailey@>
Birds, as companion animals, seem to be underrated when one considers their intelligence, ease of care and training, sociability, attractiveness, longevity and amenability to apartment living. The Parrot Parrot Web site is an excellent source of information for owners of all companion birds, specifically smaller parrots and parakeets. Publisher Vera Appleyard asserts, "Birds in homes with children are frankly more likely to vocalize than birds in those without children. Why? Because birds are flock creatures and they like to join in as part of the flock." Parrots, in particular, need plenty of interaction.
Appleyard would also agree that a child's age for pet ownership is relative. "Some 5-year-olds are extremely calm and responsible; some 8-year-olds are careless and irresponsible. It is up to the parents to honestly consider the capacity of their child to handle a delicate pet such as a bird."
Budgies and cockatiels were cited as the most common bird choices for children's pets.