The Mynah Bird from "Superfudge" shows how cosmopolitan he is.
Our younger son is supposed to read 2-6 chapter books out loud to an adult over the summer.
We've been working our way through Judy Blume's "Superfudge" the sequel to "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" reading on the subway train every morning on the way to camp.
Both books have quite a bit about pets, which as I may have mentioned, is a contentious topic around here.
In "Superfudge," the annoying younger brother, who previously distinguished himself by eating his older brother's pet turtle, gets a pet of his own, a talking Mynah bird. Uncle Feather has a sarcastic flair for word repetition and says hello in French.
Sadly, Mynah birds are very hard to come by these days. I don't think they reproduce well in captivity.
I'm not sure that a talking bird would fill the puppy shaped hole at our house anyway.
Even if it spoke French.