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ALEX THE PARROT – NO ORDINARY BIRD – A TRUE STORY by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Meilo So

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True tale picture book.

Scientist, parrot, co-learning.

Questions, answers, growth.


Nitty Gritty:

Picture book

Non fiction

Animal story

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

Vivid colors

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)