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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
“That’s Cosmo whatta bird!” exclaims Cosmo, a funny, witty, adorable African Grey Parrot. Along with Betty Jean Craige, Cosmo’s human companion, our hearts also quadruple in size. Ruminations on a Parrot Named Cosmo is a compilation of essays based on Craige’s publications in a Sunday column in the Athens Banner-Herald. The pages are full of Cosmo’s antics, monologues, and intelligent conversations involving her impressive vocabulary. Her daily activities as an integral part of Craige's household will bring a smile to every face. Craige complements the quirky anecdotes with a solid background in animal behavior, ecology, and conservation biology. This thought-provoking collection is both hilarious and educational.
In Ruminations on a Parrot Named Cosmo, Craige not only shares her day-to-day experiences with her parrot but also includes nuggets of wisdom from both conventional and newly emerging research on animal behavior. With sound logic and lucid delivery, she imparts valuable knowledge on intelligence, empathy, language and communication, self-recognition, and consciousness as shown by Cosmo and other animals all over the world. Reading this book will make you rethink and question the superior position humankind has assumed for itself. She introduces troubling issues like climate change, habitat destruction, and environmental pollution by drawing parallels from her first-hand experiences. The pages convey her deep empathy and adoration for Cosmo, her pet dogs, as well as her backyard visitors. Undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read, this filled my brain with wonder and my heart with warmth. I would implore everyone to read this compilation and watch Cosmo's online videos, the links to which Craige includes in the book.