Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate SamworthAviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth

Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual

byKate Samworth

Hardcover | March 4, 2014

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Since 2031, Aviary Wonders Inc. has offered bird lovers a unique opportunity: Assemble your own bird from stunningly beautiful and carefully hand-crafted parts. The birds can even be taught to fly and to sing! This slyly satirical crafter's delight is offered as the perfect antidote to extinction of birds in the wild. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Brilliantly illustrated with oil paintings and filled with laugh-aloud asides as well as sobering facts about extinct species, this mock catalog is a clever send-up of contemporary sales spin and a thought-provoking look into an all-too-possible future.
Kate Samworth studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, and at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art under Caldecott medalist David Wiesner. A birdwatcher with a passion for natural history, she is an ardent spokesperson for environmental protection. She lives on a farm in Stanardsville, Virginia. Visit her website at www.katesam...
Title:Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction ManualFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11 × 9 × 0.33 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547978995

ISBN - 13:9780547978994


Editorial Reviews

This futuristic mail-order catalog offers hand-crafted parts for ambitious do-it-yourselfers who want to assemble a customized bird. . . The ecological subtext will resonate with some environmentally concerned children and adults who hope such a catalog will not become a necessary reality." - School Library Journal "For children and their bird-watching parents, who will appreciate the clever premise and the message of admiration." - Kirkus, starred review "This is an original, somewhat disturbing, and wholeheartedly bizarre (but in a good way!) picture book for older children. . . An impressive picture book debut." - Booklist, starred review "Unsettling and unforgettable." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "This is as cleverly executed as it is edifying? The gilding-the-lily exaggeration of birds' natural beauty is satire at its child-appropriate best, and the subtle digs at our perennial efforts to domesticate animals for our pleasure won't be lost on young readers." -Bulletin "Aviary Wonders Inc. is a picture book that widens the definition of the genre. While truly a picture book, it was created for readers aged 10 and up with well-developed sensibilities and senses of humor. Confronting environmental issues in a clever and whimsical way, it is original, highly unexpected, beautiful, and thought-provoking. Aviary Wonders Inc. is by far one of the most creative books we have ever encountered." - Kirkus Prize judges' statement "