Kathleen Gilroy's Reviews > Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

Alex & Me by Irene M. Pepperberg
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Jan 09, 2009

it was amazing

Thanks to Jean M. who gave me this book for Kwanzaa. I have become an extreme animal lover and as a result, I'm nuts for books about animal intelligence. Last year I read the book about Nim Chimsky -- the chimp that was taught sign language. Alex & Me is an even better account of Irene Pepperberg's relationship with an African Grey parrot named Alex who showed cognitive abilities well beyond those seen in primates. This is a great quick read on a fascinating topic.
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message 1: by Barbara (last edited Feb 13, 2009 04:19PM) (new)

Barbara I haven't read this book, but I have read several articles about Alex. Also there was a touching interview of Pepperberg on NPR and PBS. This is a totally captivating story.

Another book (and video)which I think you would enjoy is "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill", by Mark Bittner. Different, but inspiring!

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