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Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird: A True Story

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"Alex, as adult readers may recall, was indeed no ordinary bird: for 30 years, this African grey parrot, purchased in a pet shop, was the research subject of animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg, who taught Alex how to count and do simple arithmetic; recognize shapes, materials, sizes, and colors; and speak and understand hundreds of words — upending the conventional wisdom about animal intelligence and proving that 'birdbrain' could actually be a compliment. Alex died suddenly in 2007 and was mourned worldwide, but his life is well-served by Spinner (Aliens for Breakfast) and especially by So, whose fans will no doubt cheer her having found another bird story (after 2008's Pale Male) that's a perfect match for her artistry. Together they dive into the details of Alex and Pepperberg's work, giving Alex's larger than-life personality its full due ('He let everybody know what he wanted, pretty much all the time'), and showing, with admirable restraint, how an experiment also became an expression of love and deepest respect. It's a remarkable story with a sad ending — but it's a good kind of sad. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

STEPHANIE SPINNER is the author of many books for young readers, including Damosel, Aliens for Breakfast, and Paddywack, and Peter and the Wolf. After a distinguished career in children's book publishing, she is now a full-time writer. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375868467
Author:
Spinner, Stephanie
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author:
So, Meilo
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Pets-Birds by Breed
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Birds
Subject:
informational
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
10.29 x 8.48 x 0.37 in 0.825 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Children's » Activities » General
Children's » Animals » Birds
Children's » Animals » General
Children's » General
Children's » Historical Fiction » General
Children's » Nonfiction » Animals
Children's » Nonfiction » Birds
Children's » Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Discoveries
Pets » Birds » Birds by Breed

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Alex, as adult readers may recall, was indeed no ordinary bird: for 30 years, this African grey parrot, purchased in a pet shop, was the research subject of animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg, who taught Alex how to count and do simple arithmetic; recognize shapes, materials, sizes, and colors; and speak and understand hundreds of words — upending the conventional wisdom about animal intelligence and proving that 'birdbrain' could actually be a compliment. Alex died suddenly in 2007 and was mourned worldwide, but his life is well-served by Spinner (Aliens for Breakfast) and especially by So, whose fans will no doubt cheer her having found another bird story (after 2008's Pale Male) that's a perfect match for her artistry. Together they dive into the details of Alex and Pepperberg's work, giving Alex's larger than-life personality its full due ('He let everybody know what he wanted, pretty much all the time'), and showing, with admirable restraint, how an experiment also became an expression of love and deepest respect. It's a remarkable story with a sad ending — but it's a good kind of sad. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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