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"A fascinating look at animal intelligence, Pepperberg's tale is also a love story between beings who sometimes 'squabble like an old married couple' but whose bond broke only with Alex's death at 31 in '07. Irresistible." (People )

"A moving tribute that beautifully evokes 'the struggles, the initial triumphs, the setbacks, the unexpected and often stunning achievements' during a grounbreaking scientific endeavor..." (Publishers Weekly )

"Highly readable..." (Booklist )

"To anyone who's dreamed of talking with the animals, Dr. Doolittle style, Alex was a revelation.This ornery reviewer tried to resist Alex's charms on principle. But his achievements got the better of me.Alex was a celebrity, and this book will surely please his legions of fans." (New York Times Book Review )

"[Pepperberg's] book movingly combines the scientific detail of a researcher...with the affectionate understanding that children instinctively possess...." (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times )
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ISBN-10:  0061673986
ISBN-13:  978-0061673986
Author:  Irene Pepperberg
Genre:  Professional & Technical, Home & Garden, Science
Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks
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review by . February 22, 2010
I figured I would alternately like it and pick apart this book. After all, I’ve been battling the aftermath of Pepperberg’s famous statement, that was something to the effect of African greys have the intelligence of a four year old child and the emotional level of a two year old, for as long as I’ve been helping people with parrot behavior problems. (It’s not that she’s wrong so much as that people seem to interpret it as a license to treat your birds like …
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
Alex proved beyond all doubt the intelligence and value of parrots -- we can never pretend ignorance again.
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
Awesome story! It was well written and really showed how smart and almost human-like parrots are.
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