June 2, 2014

Birds of a Feather

So I figured when I bought two books about birds it was probably a sign that I should create a bird post...

Today we start with Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth. The book is set up like a catalog from 2031 that offers handcrafted bird parts for customers to assemble. Birds are close to extinction in this time period, but Aviary Wonders Inc. offers customers a chance to purchase a completely unique bird (they can choose from bodies, beaks, legs, even crests) that they can teach to fly and sing. The book is beautifully illustrated with a fascinating array of information on current (as in 2014) birds and extinct birds, and it offers a subtle reminder about the birds that are on their way to extinction. I'm giving you some extra photos of this one just because each page is so different.




Peggy by Anna Walker is bird book number two for the week. I think it might be one of my new favorites. Gorgeously illustrated in watercolors, Peggy tells the story of a country chicken named Peggy who gets swept up in the wind and ends up in the big, bad city. The illustrations are soft and lovely, just like the story--the narrative isn't overbearing and the text and illustrations fit together seamlessly to tell one coherent story. 




See you next Monday!

Flocking together,
Mel