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Architecture According to Pigeons Hardcover – October 28, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; US edition edition (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714863890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714863894
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 9.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Gr 3–6—Who would have thought that pigeons have "a deep and abiding passion for architecture"? Tailfeather, who narrates this tour of world buildings and other structures, is well aware that humans view his kind with disgust, so he's on a mission to educate them not only about architecture, but also about pigeon intelligence. His journey includes familiar structures, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Great Pyramid of Giza as well as some lesser-known structures like the Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Japan. The bird always shares each building's pigeon name as well as its human appellation; for example, the Sydney Opera House is known to our feathered friends as Hungry Beaks Hall. His tour also includes bridges and the cities of Venice and Brasilia. While most of the structures are in Europe or the U.S., a smattering come from Asia, Africa, and South America. The locations of each are pinpointed on a map on the endpapers, and the last two spreads have additional information about the architects. All measurements listed are metric. The bird's irreverent voice makes him a charming narrator and lightens the tone; he often makes comments such as "Wowza!" or "I couldn't believe my beady blinkers!" The collage-style illustrations generally do a good job of capturing the overall look of the buildings, though occasionally the scale can be unclear. For students who need more information about architectural movements, Christine Paxmann's From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers (Prestel, 2013) would be a good choice.—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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[A] fun and engaging book for children ages 7 and up is the perfect introduction to the basic principles of architecture.360 West Magazine

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FishTacosMmm on November 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Speck, your pigeon narrator, has a unique, bird's eye view of the great works of human architecture. He flies around the world looking at 19 great structures, and explores the differences in bridge design and building height. Warm, stylish, illustrations composed of a mix of watercolor, CAD, and photo collage in a skewed perspective, allow general overviews and detail call out at the same time. Each spread presents juicy factoids over the illustrations, with a complete history below, skewed to the interests of a pre-teen. The last few pages are dedicated to the stories of the architects behind each of the featured buildings. "Architecture According to Pigeons" will ignite a desire for real-world travel and discovery, as well as armchair exploration through history and tour books.
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By Lynn Michael on September 15, 2014
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Always great to have a book enjoyed by child and person reading
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By evan on July 16, 2014
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excellent book!
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By Marina Putyatina on October 1, 2014
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Great BOOK!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Keats on January 10, 2014
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Book is really more suitable for teens or adults than small children but a clever premise and very good illustrations.
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