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The Resource Aviary Wonders Inc. : Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual : renewing the world's bird supply since 2031, Kate Samworth

Aviary Wonders Inc. : Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual : renewing the world's bird supply since 2031, Kate Samworth

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Aviary Wonders Inc. : Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual : renewing the world's bird supply since 2031
Title
Aviary Wonders Inc.
Title remainder
Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual : renewing the world's bird supply since 2031
Statement of responsibility
Kate Samworth
Title variation
  • Aviary Wonders Incorporated
  • Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual
Title variation remainder
renewing the worlds bird supply since 2031
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Author
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a future when deforestation and other environmental factors have caused many bird species to go extinct, businessman Alfred Wallis offers a catalog of parts for creating replacements, from hand-carved beaks to Italian-leather feet
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Writing style
Illustration
Award
Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature, 2014.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 4-6 Here’s how the book opens: “Some species are disappearing. Others are already gone. Not to worry! AVIARY WONDERS INC. has the solution.” In a handsome “catalog and instruction manual,” the company’s fictional founder offers bird replacements that are part pet, part artwork, and part automaton. Readers are invited to choose from various handcrafted bird bodies, legs, beaks, wings, and tails. After detailed assembly instructions, advice is given on teaching the creations to fly and to sing. A Q&A page and an order form follow. Deadpan rather than didactic in presentation, this is an original, somewhat disturbing, and wholeheartedly bizarre (but in a good way!) picture book for older children. An accomplished artist working here in oil, ink, graphite, and colored pencil, Samworth is equally adept at drawing the swoops and spirals of birds in flight or painting the richly colored and patterned bird parts in the opulent catalog. Though set in the future, the presentation has a distinctly vintage quality. The more the text delves into the intricacies of bird construction, behavior, and care, the more realistic it sounds, and the crazier it becomes. Reflective readers will soon reach the unstated but inescapable conclusion: birds are awesome creatures, and once gone, they’re simply irreplaceable. An impressive picture-book debut. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 03-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 13, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ Unsettling and unforgettable, this faux-catalog purports to replace extinct bird species with build-a-bird automatons. Sub-subtitled “Renewing the World’s Bird Supply Since 2031,” the compendium opens with earnest words from its founder, who “discovered a passion for bird watching while working for my family’s logging company”: “We can’t replace the birds that have been lost. But we can provide you with the opportunity to create an exquisite alternative.” Samworth, making her debut, marries conventional sales language to florid multimedia illustrations of disembodied bird parts “handcrafted and made to order by world-class artisans.” Bird bodies (e.g., moa, swan, condor), sans beaks, wings, or feet, are presented as basic options. Shoppers choose from “hardwood or porcelain” strap-on beaks, screw-on legs, durable silk wings, and optional “embellishments” like the gaudy “Rockette” crest or the ocean-blue “Rachel Carson” wattles “made from recycled rubber.” A closing section on assembly, with instructions for teaching the robotic birds to fly and sing, only deepens the uncanny sense of loss. This cautionary guidebook mimes ads that fetishize wildlife; Samworth’s bracing irony will stimulate discussion among conservationists. Ages 9–12. Agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 20, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 03, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A catalog of bird parts and instructions for making your own in a sadly possible future in which living birds have nearly disappeared. Feathers, beaks, legs and feet, bodies, tails and even flight styles can be ordered from this enterprising company, whose motto is "Renewing the World's Bird Supply Since 2031." Written and illustrated (in oil, ink, graphite and colored pencil) in the style of traditional mail-order inventories, this weaves in a surprising amount of genuine bird information while displaying the variety of interchangeable parts. Body and wing shapes fit different purposes. Legs and feet are adjusted for habitat, and beaks must match potential food. There are decorative streamers, collars and crests. The illustrations reflect actual birds; in spite of decorative coloration, beaks and wings are recognizable as identified. If a model is based on a bird now critically endangered or extinct (such as the slender-billed curlew, great auk and passenger pigeon), the label points it out. The author also enumerates actual bird threats: insecticides, habitat loss, the exotic pet trade and cats. Finally, careful instructions for assembly and training are included. Don't teach your bird a song you don't want to hear over and over! For children and their bird-watching parents, who will appreciate the clever premise and the message of admiration. (Picture book. 10 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2014)
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10282444
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Samworth, Kate
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[Fic]
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illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 4
  • 6
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True
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  • Robots
  • Mechanical toys
  • Environmental degradation
  • Catalogs
  • Birds
Target audience
juvenile
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renewing the world's bird supply since 2031
Label
Aviary Wonders Inc. : Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual : renewing the world's bird supply since 2031, Kate Samworth
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
31 pages
Isbn
9780547978994
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013020247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)848267598
Label
Aviary Wonders Inc. : Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual : renewing the world's bird supply since 2031, Kate Samworth
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
31 pages
Isbn
9780547978994
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013020247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)848267598

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