Tweet emotion: Check out this adorable pop-up book all about our feathered friends.
If you miss the summer sounds of singing birds, here's a big, musical pop-up book you might like.
As you turn the pages of Birdscapes (Chronicle, $60, 20 pages, age 10 and older), you're treated to pop-up North American landscapes with a variety of birds perched on the branches of trees, peeking from behind logs or nestled in pockets on the ground. One by one, each chirps or warbles its distinctive song, presented in stereo.
The wood thrush, ovenbird, ruffed grouse and scarlet tanager are among those found in the Eastern deciduous forest, for example, presented in a three-dimensional landscape of beech trees and sugar maples.
On the Arctic tundra, sand-pipers, a loon, a snowy owl, a ptarmigan and a long-tailed duck can be seen in the frozen, treeless region circling the North Pole.
As each double page unfolds, the bird songs begin, one by one, and continue for about 30 seconds. A flap at the bottom of the page provides a key to which bird is singing when.
In the last five pages of the book, each landscape and its birds are described in detail. The only thing missing is a map to show readers exactly where each landscape can be found.
More than a pop-up book, Birdscapes is a multimedia package for adults as well as young readers. The paper engineering is by Gene Vosough, Renee Jablow and Andy Baron with illustrations by Julia Hargreaves. The book was created by Miyoko Chu, director of communications at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and author of Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds. All the recorded bird songs are from the collection of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab.