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Birdscapes: A Pop-Up Celebration of Bird Songs in Stereo Sound [Hardcover]

Miyoko Chu , Cornell Lab of Omithology
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Book Description

Oct. 1 2008
Get ready for the most groundbreaking entry to date in the best-selling Birdsongs series (more than 400,000 copies sold!). Birdscapes delivers an immersive birding experience never before seenor heardin any book. For the eyes: seven elaborately engineered, full-color pop-ups portraying dozens of bird species in diverse North American habitats, from the Alaskan Tundra to a Southeast swamp. For the ears: extended recordings of the birds' calls and songs in stereo from the collection of the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. For the serious birder: scientifically accurate illustrations of thebirds and moving text about their fragile ecosystems. This beautifully crafted volume is a visual and audio delight!

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL, CANADAYour children and others will love it; your cat will be intrigued and confused.

About the Author

Miyoko Chu is director of communications at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the author of Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a nonprofit institution located in Ithaca, New York. Its mission is to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The stereo sound breaks down shortly after... ... June 20 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The stereo sound breaks down shortly after...or the book is sent out with stereo sound that doesn't work at all!!! Amazon is aware of this but they choose not to do anything about it. Go figure....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pop Up Book Jan. 12 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The graphics are great and the Sounds are Like Real. Our kitty cat is really interested in the bird calls!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birdscapes July 20 2009
This is a must have book. The pop-up paper engineering is incredible and the birds start to sing in stereo when you open it.......amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful combo of sight, sound & education Oct. 6 2008
By A. Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
Birdscapes combines engaging pop-up landscapes with stereo sound bird songs. It is a great activity for families as kids, parent and grandparents will find something compelling in the book. It would also be a great teaching tool in schools or libraries. When you open a spread, you hear each bird's song. There is an on/off button so you can control the sound. I have turned it off and left it opened to a spread as a decorative element in my home. It catches visitor's attention. The back has more information on each bird in the book. Very unusual and appreciated gift item.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE BUT MISSING SOMETHING Jan. 5 2009
By LindaC - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book for my husband, we are interested in birding. It turns out it probably will be better for our grandchild, as a good introduction to bird habitats. It's got everything the other reviewers said. But there are things missing: like, any idea of which birds are which and make which sounds. There are no instructions or identification of any of the birds or sounds, that we could find. If I am missing something here, please let me know! I bought this book at BJ's club for $35 plus tax. I will have to look elsewhere for bird identification, probably will get a DVD.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific, innovative book for all audiences Nov. 29 2008
By P. Belardo - Published on Amazon.com
You've probably seen Chronicle Books' Bird Songs from Around the World book. It's the one that lets you type in a number of a bird to hear the bird's song or call. Their latest book, Birdscapes: A Pop-Up Celebration of Bird Songs in Stereo Sound, is a marvel of paper and sound. Each set of pages is a pop-up of a different scene from a North American bird habitat. Swamps, farmlands, arctic tundra, Pacific rainforest, and many others are represented - seven in all. As you open each page, the sounds of the birds are played in stereo. A card on each page tells you which birds are calling during the timeline of the recording. The "paper engineering," a term I didn't know existed until I saw this book, is astounding. Each page has intricate details of foliage, landscape, and other objects. For example, in the Pacific rainforest, moss hangs free from the trees in giving a neat three-dimensional feel. You'll find youself saying, "Wow, how do they make this fold and unfold?" The drawings are accurate, detailed, and bold. The audio is crisp. Each scene will have you searching for the hidden birds and seeing new things each time. Any child who is old enough not to grab and rip the paper will really enjoy it, as will any teen, adult, or anyone who would enjoy some exposure to nature. It's a book to take out at a party and let people play with it.

I have only two complaints. First, I wish they included a page on backyard birds to show the more common birds that people will encounter. My second complaint is that the book is really large. It's 3" thick, 13" tall, and 11" wide. I fully understand that this type of book warrants this size, but you may want to keep this in mind if you purchase it. Other than these limitations, this book is a terrific book for your collection or a gift for a bird-lover in your life.

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This bird tractor beam will suck you in! Nov. 11 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As soon as this book came out of the box my kids were all over it--they loved the complex pop-up landscapes, as well as the bird calls. The folks at work were also sucked in. This is more of a bird and nature tractor beam than a book. If you set it on your coffee table, your guests will pick it up, but they won't put it down!

Each of the seven Birdscapes depicted here shows nine to eleven different birds--and plays their calls in a true-to-life cacophony of bird sounds! Since most backyard birdwatchers can only identify about 20 species, this book will more than triple their birding horizons--almost effortlessly!

This book doesn't show all the birds of North America. In fact, it only covers about 10 percent of the birds normally found here. But that's not the point. Birdscapes is a novel way to bring the birds and their world into your living room, and to bring you into their world as well!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this in O Magazine and Can't Stop Chirping about it! Nov. 7 2008
By Wendy Hagenmaier - Published on Amazon.com
Oprah's mag calls it "a chirping, twittering, cawing, trilling love of a pop-up book" in their December issue, and I couldn't tweet louder in agreement. Can't wait to wrap this up and transform my family's holiday celebration into a Christmas tree-filled birdscape of our own! A visual marvel and a singing delight for all ages--and a whole new landscape for the book!
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