October 28, 2012

Alex the Parrot

cover image of Alex the Parrot
No Ordinary Bird
Stephanie Spinner

Irene Pepperberg bought an African gray parrot at a pet shop and named him Alex (short for Avian Learning Experiment) As a scientist she knew how intelligent parrots could be and decided to prove it through training Alex. In addition to speech, she teaches him to identify colors, shapes, materials and numbers. His vocabulary is extensive and his personality distinctive – he could be affectionate, playful, demanding, competitive, and jealous. Meilo So’s vibrant multimedia illustrations show the tropical bird at his best – colorful and extraordinary. Ages 8-11