I loved this book- it touched my personal interest yet was also very much an intelligent, scientific book. It was very interesting, and as a former bird owner, very touching. And the best part?
The author is coming to the downtown library tomorrow! She'll sign books and answer questions (of which I have absolutely none...) and the zoo is going to provide some parrots to see! I can't wait.
I'm still very very behind on my reading challenge. But I'm catching up! Yay
The back of the book:
"'You be good. I love you.' were Alex's final words to his owner, research scientist Irene Pepperberg, before his premature death at age thirty-one on September 6, 2007. An African Grey parrot, Alex had a brain the size of a shelled walnut, yet he could add, sound out words, understand concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none, and he disproved the widely accepted idea that birds possess no potential for language or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence. Alex and Me is the remarkable true account of an amazing, irascible parrot and his best friend who stayed together through thick and thin for thirty years- the astonishing, moving, and unforgettable story of a landmark scientific achievement and a beautiful relationship."
Pepperberg, Irene M. Alex and Me. New York: Harper-Collins Publishers, 2009.
You can find the book here, or at your local library (support the libraries!).
Total Pages: 226
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