A Bird in the Hand
This delightful children’s book
is the true story of Gabriel, or Gabby Cockatoo, and what he has
meant to the author.
does not allow me to get down on myself. He truly changed my
life in remarkable ways. People do not realize how the comfort
and support of an animal of any kind that you love can enrich
your life!” says Alecia Houston.
Due to an illness, Alecia was left unable to work. “I became
very depressed having to stay home all the time. Then in
December 2008, my life truly changed when I discovered eggs my
pair of Umbrella Cockatoos of 14 years had laid! We actually
watched Gabby hatch out of his egg!”
Gabby was hand-raised from day one, and Alecia found that she
could not stop smiling every time she saw him.
Gabby loves to talk and he plays
with toys just like a human child. He loves children and is
gentle and cuddly. He also takes a nap with his own special
blanket every day, laying his head down on a pillow and
snuggling under the covers like a child. Gabby marches up and
down the hallway and climbs up on the bed crying “mama” until he
gets his way!
Children will love reading about Gabby’s antics and will be
charmed by his tricks. He steals the hearts of everyone he