Hancock trio creates book to help rescue pet birds
"You just can't help but want to dance when you see him dancing," she said.
"Parrots are extremely intelligent animals, but they show their intelligence in different ways," Montgomery said. "Some of them feel like learning language, some of them feel like learning something else.
Since then he has appeared on TV shows around the world; led a group of children in a dance on Animal Planet; and starred in a Taco Bell commercial.
"Kids, I think, can be very good stewards of animals" and are very often the best way to pass information to adults, she said.
She is also raising money for Snowball and his friends. Montgomery is donating all of her royalties from this book to Bird Lovers Only.
To create the book, Montgomery brought in her good friends and neighbors, she said.
But for this book, she wanted to work with her friend Bauhan.
"Sarah Bauhan puts out a gorgeous book ...,' which helps book sales, Montgomery said. That, in turn, ensures maximum profits for the bird sanctuary.
"So I am very happy about this collaboration," Montgomery said. "No one could have put out a more beautiful book."
"His personality was so quirky and funny, I hoped I had captured some of that," said Oksner, who said she worked with nearly 500 photos of Snowball to capture his image and spirit for the book.
Oksner, who lives in New York City and summers in Hancock, has had many exhibitions in New England and New York art galleries and has done illustrations for magazines, books and informational reports.
"It was kind of a no brainer. ... Sy's very well-known. We kind of know her as a hometown girl. I just think of her as a friend, but beyond our little enclave here she's quite famous," Bauhan said. "I've been trying to do things that make a difference and ultimately I think this does because it draws attention to rescue birds."
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