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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Birds of a Feather, by Francesco Pittau & Bernadette Gervais. Chronicle Books, Raincoast. 2012. $28.99 ages 4 and up

"Emperor penguins are the largest of the 17 penguin species. They can stay underwater longer than any other bird - the longest recorded dive was 21 minutes - and can dive more than 1,500 feet (460 meters) down."

The back cover asks the following questions:
"Can you recognize a mockingbird by its egg?
A crane by its silhouette?
An owl by its eye?
A cardinal by its feathers?

If you had to answer 'no' to any of those questions, this is the book for you. For, in it after many careful perusals, you will find the answer to each of those questions, and so much more.

This is a beautifully crafted, brilliantly designed and inventively interactive new book whose subject is birds, and which includes more than forty different ones. With its silhouette flaps that give clues to what is to be found once lifted, and its short descriptive text about those birds chosen to include, the creators have found a way to get even young children interested in all things avian.

Kids love guessing games, and this one provides just such a thing on every page...first heads and legs that fold open bottom to top and top to bottom, followed by full pages heads, then feathered wings, eggs, a mix and match puzzle and finally four piece puzzles that open to expose two full bodied birds.
Short text is found inside many of the flaps and provides tidbits of information to budding birdwatchers.

A beautiful package all round!

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