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Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird: A True Story Hardcover – October 9, 2012

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“The bigger the brain, the smarter the creature”—or so scientists thought until graduate student Irene Pepperberg bought an African Grey parrot from a pet shop. Named Alex, short for Avian Learning Experiment, the bird would defy all expectations by learning to use more than 100 words; perform rudimentary mathematics; and discern shapes, colors, and more—eventually demonstrating the intellectual capacity of a five-year-old child and forever changing the way we think about animal intelligence. Divided into five chapters, Spinner’s lengthy text uses an accessible, conversational tone to balance the science with the more personal story of Pepperberg’s steadfast determination and the deep animal-human bond that developed between the two. So’s superb multimedia illustrations on white backgrounds inject vibrancy and personality and place the focus squarely on the book’s magnetic subject. A concluding author’s note touches on Spinner’s fascination with animal communication, but it does not offer any details on the author’s research, Pepperberg’s findings or her detractors, or further resources for interested readers—of which there will be many. Grades 2-5. --Kristen McKulski

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 24, 2012:
“It’s a remarkable story with a sad ending—but it’s a good kind of sad.”

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Smith on January 2, 2013
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Beautiful illustrations and an incredible story of inteligence, thought, and ability of in a Gray Amazon parrot and the realtionship between Alex and his owner. I hope my 5 year old granddaughter will keep this book forever! This is one of those books which should become a part of every library collection - personal and public - to be treasured for generations!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindra on May 15, 2013
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Interesting story about a very smart bird and the woman who worked with him for several decades. My kids were delighted with Alex's fun antics and are having a lot of fun pretending to be Alex and Irene. When the kids ask for it to be read over and over and I see a lot of pretend play based on the book I think it's worth recommending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Dickinson on September 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Hooray! ALEX THE PARROT is a version of the Alex story for the younger set. Alex is the amazing, world-famous parrot who eventually changed the popular perception of "bird brain" in scientific circles. Also the story of a dedicated scientist, Irene Pepperberg, PhD, Harvard, whose childhood fascination with avian intelligence culminated in her ground-breaking work with Alex. Pepperberg was initially mocked by her scientific peers but persisted and triumphed. Simple, child-friendly text and engaging illustrations make Alex's fascinating life accesible. ALEX THE PARROT; NO ORDINARY BIRD will intrigue the young and should especially appeal to budding scientists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Miller on December 26, 2012
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Absolutely charming as well as a good learning experience. The text is so clear and descriptive it works without the pictures. High Marks! Good Show!
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