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Life with Ben: A Story of Friendship and Feathers Paperback – December 14, 2010
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About the Author
Jessica is working toward her degree in veterinary technology and has her master's degree in educational psychology. She spends her free time volunteering at a local parrot rescue where she cares for and rehabilitates parrots in order to find them permanent, loving homes. Currently, she shares her home with her dog, cat, and three amazing parrots.
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The story of Hagedorn and Ben the Amazon noticing each other in the pet store where Hagedorn would go for calming sessions is endearing. The saga of the two growing to trust one another while Hagedorn worked to convince her mother to let her purchase Ben is also touching, but both stories seemed a long time in the telling. I found myself unable to remain in the book even though both "main characters" are likeable.
I believe the story is worth reading and Ben's antics are familiar enough to parrot owners that we can easily appreciate the challenges Hagedorn and her family went through while living with Ben. Hagedorn teaches through her experiences that researching a pet parrot before bringing it home is important. She also teaches through her experiences and through direct statements that Ben could sense her emotions and could help her assess when she was allowing her anxiety to overwhelm her.
While the book has no remarkable technical issues, this reviewer feels it could have been half its length with a sharp editing eye. A non-bird enthusiast or person with no interest in psychology may grow bored with the pace of the narrative. The companion parrot fans among us should have no trouble reading through the extra details to hear all the nuggets of life with Ben.