Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
The acronym ALEX (for Avian Learning Experiment) provided the name of one of the most amazing animals studied by behaviorists in decades. This engaging story about an African parrot and a researcher was named an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book.
In 1977 graduate student Irene Pepperberg bought a young parrot. In her care, he learned to count, to do arithmetic, to recognize shapes, sizes, and colors, and to speak—demonstrating an understanding of linguistics far beyond pure repetition. This picture book is an excellent example of current science research that is understandable for children. The text, which identifies not only the discoveries but the continuing questions that still need investigation, provides the opportunity for children to experience the inquiry process and see research science as a possibility for them.
Review posted on 1/14/2013