ALEX THE PARROT – NO ORDINARY BIRD – A TRUE STORY by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Meilo So
BIRD BRAINS ARE DEEP THINGS
True tale picture book.
Scientist, parrot, co-learning.
Questions, answers, growth.
True tale of one amazing animal
Experiment recap – with methods and results
Featuring scientist and parrot
Appropriate for all ages
Cartoonish pictures make story accessible to the very young
Heavy use of white space
Parrot personality and parrot intelligence in prose and in pictures
Natural life span depicted- story follows Alex from birth to death
Direct quotes from parrot (Alex) include: “wanna showa” (i.e. he wants someone to spray him with water) and “you tickle!” (he wants his neck tickled)