Sophia is staying on her uncle's farm in Trinidad, and her uncle givers her a parakeet to take home. But in the city, even though he has a brand new cage made by Sophia's father, the bird starts to sicken. The challenge for Sophia is to find out what is wrong and what to do about it. Read Awhile is a series of graded stories and non-fiction texts that have been specially written for young readers in the Caribbean. Read Awhile books also contain questions, activities and other materials designed to improve children's reading skills and vocabulary.