Thursday, June 10, 2010 By: Suzanne

The Friday 56: Alex and Me

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


This week's selection is from the book Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg. This is the true account of Irene's research with her friend of 30 years, Alex the African Grey Parrot. If you have never heard of Alex, you are missing out on a wonderful story and a truly amazing mind. Alex "could add, sound out words, understand concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none, and he disproved the widely accepted idea that birds possess no potential for language or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence." Living with birds all my life I could also add that they can love. Take some time to look through the pics in the slideshow at the top to see my wonderful feathered kid, Lucina.

I finished my theoretical chemistry doctorate in May 1976, and David accepted a post in the biological sciences department at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, beginning January 1, 1977. I hoped to find a way of starting my own avian research there.


Kah Woei said...

Wow, super parrot! Haha!

My F56 is from my current read. Trudi Canavan's The Novice.

fredamans said...

Looks good!!

robsad79 said...

Looks like a good one :).

Here is mine for the week.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What an incredibly talented parrot! Sounds like a great story.

BTW, love your new header.

Here's my 56:

aLmYbNeNr said...

Interesting choice! Here's my Friday 56!

Kathy Martin said...

My Friday 56 is from a new middle grade science fiction book - Flight of the Outcast by Brad Strickland. It was a good story.

Becca said...

Mine's here.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

NIce Friday 56 this week.

jacabur1 said...

Will do a 56 next week but had to come see yours anyway! I have never had a bird as a pet, have however been lucky enough to have a few friends who did. They are very intelligent, they are very LOVING and they are also interesting to interact with in my opinion.
(Of course if it were up to me, and space and money were no problem, would have 50 animals of all kinds and my home would then be a zoo so what do I know?)

I like this one it is unusual and different and makes me for sure want to read more about Alex!!!

jackie b central texas

LadyD said...

I love birds... have always had parakeets, finches, pigeons, doves.
Now I have a Siamese cat... no more birds! :)

ham1299 said...

Here's mine:

Veggiemomof2 said...

Mine is here.

Mash1195 said...

New blog looks great!! My 56 is posted here