Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence - and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence - and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

by Irene Pepperberg
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Alex and Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Astrid_T More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is about a science experiment to prove the intelligence of an african gray parrot, but it is anything but a dry scientific report. It is told with so much love and feeling, it pulls you into the story and you get to know Alex very well.
I was most surprised by the concepts Alex picked up and learned on his own, without being taught: like to say no and mean it, or to apologize. I also loved how strict he was as an assistant teacher to subsequent other parrots, telling them to say words better. He could be quite bossy.
Overall, it is a warm, compelling and immensly interesting book.
lachas More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read that made sense as to the parrot world! As a parrot owner myself, Dr. Pepperberg poured her heart out in the book and I hope she is able to go on with "The Alex Foundation" and her research with Wart and Griffin!

This books is heart felt and informative! Coodos to you Dr. P

Cynthia LaChester
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title says it all. It is the biography of both bird and person. All the work done by both to accomplish what many didin't believe could happen. Well written, easy reading, and yet, statistical sound, I could follow the research process that Pepperberg went through in her work with Alex. It will give you a new respect for "bird brains."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an enjoyable read...Alex was quite a character, and left the world with a greater understanding of how animals think, and feel. Informative, entertaining, a good balance between scientific research and story telling,I was amazed with his antics and abilities ,and couldn't help falling in love with the little guy.
tlchryst More than 1 year ago
I recommend giving this book to anyone who is associated with people who have birds, they will come away with a better understanding of the love we feel for our feathered children.
I truly enjoyed this book, we would not have considered an African Grey Parrot if it were not for Alex. Our baby died 5mos ago at 9yrs old, it was clearly my own feelings Irene Pepperberg described, once I was able to complete the first chapter, through my tears, it was a wonderful book telling of her tribulations and the excitement of her learning that birds are more aware than she ever knew!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally purchased this book because I knew of Alex but did not know the story behind why Dr. Pepperberg started out on the journey to research birds. I did not expect such a beautiful heartfelt story. As a bird lover and owner, this book brought me much joy and sadness, and gave me a much better understanding of my relationship with my Quaker parrot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding telling of Dr. Pepperberg's research with Alex and African Grays in general. If anyone has doubts about the intelligence of animals, this will definitely eliminate them.
LaMargarita More than 1 year ago
The book is a great quick read. It was very touching, had it's scientific elements in discussing the research this lil guy revolutionized. It's warm, it's funny, and unfortunately quite sad as well. The story of how this lil guy comes into this scientist's life and basically changes the way scientists previously thought of these creatures. I know they do not just mimic or repeat words. Humans want to think they are one of the few that are capable of emotion, intelligence, communication, etc., but we have to realise that creatures of all sizes have emotions, intelligence and communicate in their own way. I have known several people that own African Grey Parrots and these birds demonstrate time and time again that they are quite capable of understanding questions and feelings, hence being able to respond to questions or commands accurately. I recommend this book to anyone who loves animals and science :)
cfboyd1961 More than 1 year ago
For those that are skeptical about the ability of animals to think, reason, act on their thinking and reasoning and their ability to have emotions, Alex & Me should open your minds. Alex was an African Gray parrot who transformed the way scientists look at the minds of animals.

This story is abundant with anecdotes of Alex's life and achievements, and chronicles the relationship between him and Dr. Irene Pepperberg. For the animal lover, you are sure to have your beliefs in animal cognition bolstered. For those that aren't animal lovers, you are sure to gain a new respect for animals. For everyone, this book will bring laughs and a tear to the eye.

All in all, the book is an easy and good read. I found myself wanting to know more about Alex's achievments than the bookk provided, and I was a little disappointed in the amount of time Pepperberg spent on her personal life. But I learned a lot about the animal mind and will never again use the term "bird brain" in a derogatory manner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been so emotionally affected by a book as I have with this one! A truly inspirational story about the famous African Grey parrot, Alex, and the scientist who studied him. "Bird brain" will have a whole new meaning after reading this book and learning about avian intelligence. This story explains the scientific studies involving African Grey parrots and the emotional and intellectual relationships among humans and other species. It shows how the tenacity, passion, and dedication of Dr. Pepperburg, led to the discovery of the intelligence of birds. It is a truly inspirational story and the best animal-related book that I have ever read! R.I.P. Alex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was totally immersed in this book. I don't think I've ever been so taken by a story as I was as I read about Alex. I felt joy at his accomplishments, I laughed at his antics, I cried when he died. Beautifully written, it brought Alex to life again. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. I laughed, I cried and I rememberd all the times I was able to watch Alex on TV. He was a remarkable and uniquevcreature who deserved all the attention he received and more. Thank you to Dr. Pepperburg for sharing him with us. I hope and pray that humans can make the world a better one by understanding our interconnectedness with all creatures. The world is also not ours; we must share it wisely or it will be destroyed forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful look at an amazing animal and the woman who studied him.
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A must-read for scientists and bird lovers alike!
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I did not like the way it told u it died
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want to read a sample on my simple touch nook ereader but no sign for one. Is this just me or do any of you see this problem? *confoozeled* :-( !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and i learnda lot. It almost made me cry
NikkiHartman More than 1 year ago
This book was reccommended by a friend becasue I was wanting to read bird books. I learned a lot about African Greys and their capabilities. It was very moving and interesting. It would be a great read for people that still think that animals cant or dont think or feel. Which we all know is not true. Her struggle to prove that though is one worth praising!
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