Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tiptoo's Newspaper

So who is Tiptoo and why does he have a Newspaper? 

It just so happens that Tiptoo is a Grey Parrot featured in an old book of short stories, “Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories”.  Marcia has had this book for a very long time, the book originally belonged to Marcia's Mother. The book has no copywrite date in it, (the page may have been lost) you can tell it is VERY OLD!  My guess would be the early 1900’s.  The publisher is McLoughlin Brothers, Inc.  We search on the internet for any information and did not find a thing! We did learn the publisher went out of business in 1920. 

The other day, Marcia was dusting shelves and noticed the book in disarray.  She carefully picked it up and started turning the very old and tattered pages when all of a sudden she found an illustration of a parrot perched on a ladies shoulder!  She looked closer and WOW! It was a Grey Parrot!  Just like me!!! She had read the book as a child, but never remembered this story!  It is a fictional story about a very clever Grey Parrot and his canine friend, named Tramp. Tramp was not available to go to the store one day to buy a newspaper, so Tiptoo did the job for him!  It clearly demonstrates how smart we are and how parrots have been loved and kept as companions for hundreds of years!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  

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