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Book Review: The Parrot Who Wouldn’t Talk by Ruskin Bond

The Parrot Who Wouldn’t Talk by Ruskin Bond is a very humorous tale covered in the ten must-read animal stories. The story is a about a small parrot and the narrator’s Aunt Ruby. The story dates back to colonial days when it was fashionable to keep caged or lovebirds in house for chatting. The narrator is a ten-year-old Bond, staying with his grandparents in Dehradun.


One day his Aunt Ruby buys a parakeet from a bird seller despite the unwillingness of Bond’s grandparents. Aunt Ruby is notorious for tantrums, thus to avoid black tantrums, no one protested her. Since the very first day, the parrot is upset and keeps quite. Aunt Ruby tried all tricks but he, the parrot, didn’t move. In fact, one day the parrot knocks the spectacles off her nose. Angered by this act, Aunt Ruby make faces to parrot and often says that you’re no beauty! Can’t talk, can’t sing, can’t dance!

The responsibility to feed parrot now falls on the young Bond. He offers him green chilies and ripe tomatoes. They develop good understanding and one day Bond opens the cage and the parrot flies away.

Saddened by the loss of parrot, Aunt Ruby decides to purchase some other pet but grandparents divert her mind to gramophone. After some days, the parrot comes back and sits on the railing of the verandah. Seeing him back, Aunt cries aloud and says that he must have missed me, hence it has come back. Well, the parrot flies quickly and perches on a tree in the garden. And from there, he calls out, “You’re no beauty! Can’t talk, can’t sing, can’t dance!” The parrot often comes to the garden and whenever he sees Aunt Ruby, the parrot teases her in her familiar voice.

In this story, you will surely enjoy the animosity between Aunt and her pet.

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