Tuesday, May 11, 2010
[Book Review] ALEX & ME by Dr. Irene M. Pepperberg
Mary Seratt reviews ALEX & ME: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Dr. Irene M. Pepperberg (Collins, 2008)
Unless you personally know a parrot, you might find the stories Irene Pepperberg tells about her relationship with an amazing African Grey parrot, Alex, difficult to believe. If you do have the privilege of a relationship with a feathered friend, you will find in your observations that a lot going on in that small, feathery head are confirmed.
This book is full of anecdotes and has a more relaxed feel than The Alex Studies, and Alex’s personality takes center stage. After you read this, you will only be tempted to call someone a bird brain when you are complimenting them!
Mary Seratt, Youth Services