With human activity the planet has rapidly been destroyed. Deforestation in the Brazilian rainforest has seen habitats disappear and species decline in number, some eradicated completely. To compensate the loss, Aviary Wonders Inc. have been making mechanical birds since 2031. The company offers bird lovers the chance to authentically recreate the beautiful birds that have become extinct as a result of the activities of humankind.
The premise of the company is simple. You scour the catalogue and choose the parts that you would like to ‘build your own’ bird. From feathers to feet, bodies to beaks, tails to wings, and collars to crests, bird enthusiasts can choose from any number of styled parts in a range of different colours to create the most beautiful of birds. Each part is hand-crafted by an artisan craftsman and is made to the highest of standards. And these easy to assemble birds can be taught to fly and sing to recreate that authentic garden or wild environment.
The book, that is presented in the form of a catalogue, is a thing of beauty. Readers work through the pages choosing their parts to make the perfect bird. Assembly instructions in sepia tones are provided at the back as are ‘teaching guides’ for getting your bird to fly and sing. Also included, is a helpful troubleshooting section should your bird be malfunctioning for one reason or another. There is even an order form at the back, including an estimated delivery time frame of 12-16 weeks.
Amusing as it is informative, children and adult bird-lovers will be drawn in by the book’s whimsical charm. Parts are elegantly displayed throughout the catalogue and the assortment of bright and vibrant colours are a visual feast. Bird aficionados will be pleased by the range of products available as crests, tails and beaks are all available in a plethora of different authentic styles.
A beautiful book that is also very sad. It is dark and sobering yet humorous and light-hearted. The idea of creating a bird from the multitude of fabulous parts is at once exciting and you cannot help being drawn in, but the truth is that this may be a reality that is not all that far away.
Recommended for 10+.