Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Kate Samworth
Publisher: Clarion Books
Aviary Wonders Inc. turns a profit by allowing customers to create the perfect bird. Bird populations are dropping because of insecticides, habitat loss, exotic pet trade, and predators, but don’t fret! You can create the perfect bird with Aviary Wonders Incorporated’s catalog. Of course, these birds are manufactured and may or may not behave exactly as wild birds, but with the number of wild birds dwindling, this is one of the only ways to enjoy their presence. This book is their catalog, allowing the customer to choose every feature, from body shape, feathers, legs, and feet. Inside this book there are troubleshooting tips if your bird doesn’t work quite right, steps to proper assembly, and even tips on training your bird. Just fill out the order form in the back and your dream bird will be on its way!
Kate Samworth has created a book that perfectly blends imagination with facts. Aviary Wonders Inc. has been supplying customers with artificial birds since 1931, which seem to be alive and function just as wild birds. When choosing the parts that you want your bird to contain, every piece has been accurately labeled and there is an explanation of its job along with gorgeous, brightly colored illustrations. Children can learn about differences in beak shapes, the flight patterns dictated by certain wing styles, features of different feet, and much, much more. The plot is abstract and may need to be explained to younger children, but with some support in their reading, most children will enjoy learning about birds through their unique parts. This book is a great way to expose children to birds and their features in the form of a picture book.