The Flight of Cornelius Cockatoo
A Fable for Children and Adults
This story, by Stewart Metz, with illustrations by Joan Tilke, describes the adventures of Cornelius (aka “Corky”), a young Salmon-crested cockatoo, who is sent to America by his parents to avoid ‘The Menace’ (a threat to all cockatoos on Seram). While in the U.S., Corky meets a number of weird and wonderful creatures and people until he is called back to Seram to face an emergency. This 103-page book is written largely for children in the 7-12 yr. age range. However, it is also fit for reading by adults, either to themselves or to their younger children. Although it is fundamentally a light-hearted work of fiction, there is an overtone of the serious and even the tragic, since the story is based on fact.
We hope that both children and adults enjoy reading “The Flight of Cornelius Cockatoo,” while at the same time learning more about a real-life tragedy which threatens the very survival of these magnificent creatures.
A portion of any proceeds will be donated to the Indonesian Parrot Project to promote the conservation of Salmon-crested Cockatoos like Cornelius, as well as other endangered Indonesian parrots.