Weekend Reading List: Alex & Me

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Here at Casa Feathers n Beak, reading is a flock-wide tradition.

While some of us like to focus on the words on the page, while others of us prefer to focus on the crispiness of those pages, it is safe to say no book entering this household lacks for attention.

So Pearl thought it would be a great idea to combine his literary knowledge with his mommy’s typing skills to offer a “book o’ the week” review – just in time for your weekend reading list!

This week, the book is Alex & Meby Dr. Irene Pepperberg.

The literary expert (with feathers) reinforces how grey-and-white feathers is really the "it" look this season (and every season)!
The literary expert (with feathers) reinforces how grey-and-white feathers is really the “it” look this season (and every season)!

Pearl’s reviewIf there is one clear take-away from this book, it is that grey-and-white is definitely the best color combination for feathers. There are also some great techniques for establishing and maintaining flock dominance. Of course, for the best primer on that topic (or any topic, for that matter), I highly recommend this book.


His mommy’s review: Dr. Pepperberg and her African Grey parrot, Alex, have been true pioneers and advocates for parrot intelligence. Who knows where the field would be today without them! I have read and re-read and re-read this book, as has the entire flock (including the Small Tree and the Tall Tree). It helps us to better understand Pearl’s needs and how to meet them and make his life as happy and productive as possible.

Happy reading!

With love (& feathers),

Shannon & Pearl

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Animal sensitive and intuitive with Animal Love Languages. Parrot, tortoise and box turtle mama. Dachshund auntie. www.animallovelanguages.com

2 thoughts on “Weekend Reading List: Alex & Me

  1. Saw Dr. Pepperberg speak once and it was delightful. Also remember sitting at my desk at work and crying when I heard Alex had died. No one could figure out why I was upset and I didn’t want to tell them because I knew they would never understand. Felt better later when I was able to point out that Alex was given an obituary in the NY Times, Forbes, the Economist, and several major television news shows.

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