Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

by Bernadette Gervais, Francesco Pittau
     
 

This lush, oversized book about birds features a variety of interactive guessing games and special features, including more than 40 lift-the-flaps and more than 15 pop-ups, plus intriguing facts about each bird, providing readers with hours of educational entertainment. With elegant, graphic illustrations, Birds of a Feather is a feast for the eyes as well

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This lush, oversized book about birds features a variety of interactive guessing games and special features, including more than 40 lift-the-flaps and more than 15 pop-ups, plus intriguing facts about each bird, providing readers with hours of educational entertainment. With elegant, graphic illustrations, Birds of a Feather is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Large flaps clue readers into the identities of the birds they conceal in this oversize companion to Out of Sight (2010). Giant silhouetted profiles of a cockatoo and emperor penguin appear in black against white flaps; underneath, full-color images of the birds appear with informative tidbits (“Emperor penguins are the largest of the 17 penguin species. They can stay underwater longer than any other bird”). On another spread, rounded flaps depicting bird wings are layered like feathers, with their respective birds identified on the reverse). Elsewhere, pop-up birds spring from beneath flaps that mimic their eggs, and a spread divided into sixths by flaps enables readers to mix-and-match avian features, exquisite corpse–style. The detailed artwork and interactive design combine to provide a smart, tactile reading experience. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
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"A feast for the eyes." - School Library Journal"

A smart, tactile reading experience." - Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
This large-format, lift-the-flap picture book is highly engaging. Readers lift flaps in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors in order to learn information about over forty different birds. A two-page spread shows layered flaps illustrated to look like different birds’ wings, and the back of each flap contains an illustration of the entire bird from which the wing comes as well as an interesting fact about that bird. Another spread shows flaps illustrated to look like eggs, and lifting each egg reveals a pop-out illustration of the bird hatching as well as an accompanying fact. Four pages are sliced into strips, and once these strips are properly matched they reveal full illustrations of six different birds as well with each bird’s name. The information provided is succinct and the flaps and accompanying illustrations are incredibly detailed and appealing. Gervais and Pittau wrote Out of Sight and The Open Ocean, both in this same large-format and lift-the-flap style. This book is a necessary addition to all home, classroom, and library collections, but the flaps will need to be handled with care. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—This lush cocoa-table book is atlas-size and dependent on its elegant graphics. The heavy pages are designed with flaps, pop-ups, and even interlocking jigsaw-puzzle-type pieces. A silhouette of a crowned crane lifts to show the colorful whole, with a note that the birds dance while courting. A cockatoo profile lifts to show the bird in toto, with a note that some are thought to be extinct in the wild. Colorful wings lift one by one across a spread to disclose the bird beneath. Flaps for a multitude of speckled eggs lift to tell readers who they belong to, with a pertinent fact about each species. Most challenging of all are a series of four pages of strips that, when matched properly, present six different birds. Most species covered in the book are European, African, or Asian and not likely to be seen in North America. Because of its heft, the book is unwieldy and needs sturdy bracing for young hands to hold. All that aside, this is a handsome, polished work, rich in style, luxurious in color, and certainly a feast for the eyes.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A lift-the-flap picture album of birds--memorable for its large, folio trim size at least, if not so much for artistic quality or informational content. As in their Out of Sight (2010), Pittau and Gervais hide technically accomplished animal portraits (some of which are small pop-ups) behind large, shaped or die-cut flaps. Each image is paired to a comment on the subject's behavior, habitat or physical features. These comments are often unhelpful, leaving readers in the dark about just why flamingos turn pink as they age or how eating caterpillars turns a great tit's belly yellow, for instance. The authors seldom indicate their birds' sizes--but they do fill an entire spread with flaps of carefully detailed, seemingly-life-size-but-not-really eggs. Furthermore, though painted in bright, subtly blended colors, most of the avian portraits do not show finer details of skin or plumage, and so limited is the range of angles and poses (none are posed in flight), that the visuals tend toward monotony. Impressive–but only at first glance. (Pop-up/nonfiction. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452110660
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/26/2012
Pages:
18
Sales rank:
267,962
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 15.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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