America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book
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America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book

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by Robert Sabuda, Robert Clarke Sabuda
     
 

Master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has interpreted the classic American anthem "America the Beautiful" in dazzling dimension. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Mount Rushmore to the Statue of Liberty, America has never looked more spectacular. This stunning keepsake masterpiece will be shared and admired by generations to come; indeed it is a national treasure in and

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Master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has interpreted the classic American anthem "America the Beautiful" in dazzling dimension. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Mount Rushmore to the Statue of Liberty, America has never looked more spectacular. This stunning keepsake masterpiece will be shared and admired by generations to come; indeed it is a national treasure in and of itself.

Editorial Reviews

Prepare to be astonished by yet another 3-D marvel from famed paper engineer Sabuda. Every page turn of this intricately constructed pop-up book reveals an American landmark, each an interpretation of a phrase from Katherine Lee Bates's poem "America the Beautiful." Popping up on one spread are miniature versions of the Capitol building, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial, where you can peek inside at a tiny Abraham Lincoln. (Ages 6 to 8)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
Starched-white shapes of icons such as the Statue of Liberty and a Mississippi riverboat unfold in this patriotic pop-up. Paper engineer Sabuda (The Christmas Alphabet) goes line-by-line through the first stanza of the celebratory "America the Beautiful," pairing "O beautiful for spacious skies" with a red-on-white Golden Gate Bridge and boats cutting silver-foil ribbons through the water. Line two, "For amber waves of grain," exalts "The Great Plains"; here, a tractor foregrounds symmetrical rows of crops, a rooster crows on a barn roof and a string mechanism allows readers to turn a windmill's blades. Inside the closing spread ("From sea to shining sea!"), which pictures a minimalist Manhattan with foil-windowed skyscrapers, a small book-within-a-book provides mini-pop-ups (the Twin Towers, Liberty Bell and an American eagle) and lyrics to the lesser-known verses by "Katharine Lee Bates July 4, 1895." Skeptics may be taken aback that the "amber" grain and "purple mountain majesties" of Mount Rushmore spring up icy white. The author also takes liberties with mapping, for instance placing the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument perpendicular to the U.S. Capitol on the National Mall. The dove-white imagery, pure as snow, which worked so effectively in Sabuda's Christmas books, here suggests the rich connotations of the simple verses, but also sanitizes the complex topics. Sabuda's paper engineering impresses as usual, but the presentation seems more decorative than awe-inspiring. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The miracle that is Robert Sabuda's work is that no matter how complicated and amazing his pop-ups are, they all slip perfectly back into their pages as easily as they popped out; and this is his most intricate work to date! The movable parts are all white with touches of silver and, because it was necessary in one case, orange; and the base pages are in bright low-intensity colors. He has chosen to illustrate the song America the Beautiful with such images as the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, and the Statue of Liberty with New York City in the background. The sheer number of pop-ups, the pop-ups within pop-ups, the height and width and length of his pop-ups boggles the mind. Or, as one woman who had never seen his work before, said after she had turned over a few pages, "It's so beautiful, it makes me want to cry." The wonder and awareness of the quality of this book would be wasted on a very young child. 2004, Little Simon, Ages 8 up.
—Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
K Up-New and astonishing feats of paper engineering lurk within the bulging covers of Sabuda's latest creation. Here, taking the first verse of our other national anthem as his text, he flies viewers from the Golden Gate Bridge, over waves of grain beneath a spinning windmill, past Mount Rushmore, Mesa Verde, a Mississippi river boat, and the National Capitol, to Lady Liberty-then, within a small inset booklet, pairs the Twin Towers, a swinging Liberty Bell, and other American symbols to the rest of the stanzas. Aside from the aforementioned bridge, plus an occasional foil highlight, the pop-up effects are an undecorated white that gleams like those "alabaster cities" against the generally solid color fields on which they are set. The very last line, which contains a reference to America's "whiter jubilee," has an odd ring to it these days, and some of the pop-ups are so complexly folded that they'll rip if their spreads aren't opened carefully: still, each opening will elicit gasps, and the poem's soaring imagery has never been better served.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The wizard of pop-ups has created a masterpiece-in design, in execution, in boldness of vision, and in artistic and historical integrity. In seven openings, he treats the first verse of Katharine Lee Bates's poem. "For spacious skies" features the Golden Gate Bridge, its span rising above a blue-and-green bay where small boats leave silver traces in the water. "Purple mountain majesties" is Mount Rushmore, every face recognizable; "above the fruited plain" rises Mesa Verde, an incredibly elaborate construction. Sabuda uses foil lavishly, even to the silver ropes on the paddlewheels of the Mississippi steamboat where "God shed His grace." The work does not end with the final "from sea to shining sea," with the Statue of Liberty rising in front of the Manhattan skyline, but continues in another four small, set-in pages. By including the rest of the verses on these miniature folios, he gives readers a few more icons: the Twin Towers with the verse "for heroes proved," the Liberty Bell for "patriot dreams," the space shuttle for "pilgrim feet," and the American eagle for the last line of jubilee. Rejoice, and buy multiple copies. (Pop-up book. 4-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689847448
Publisher:
Little Simon
Publication date:
10/19/2004
Series:
Classic Collectible Pop-Up Series
Edition description:
Pop-Up Book
Pages:
16
Sales rank:
74,414
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
March 8, 1965
Place of Birth:
Pinckney, Michigan
Education:
B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987
Website:
http://www.robertsabuda.com

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Mamma-Murf More than 1 year ago
We own a couple other Sabuda pop-up books and were disappointed in the lack of color and technical intricacies in this one. We had such high hopes and bought America the Beautiful without seeing it first based on our passed experience with his work. We are sorry we did so. :-(
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Wonderful artistry, I would highly recommend this book as a great gift book.
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Trisha36 More than 1 year ago
This book is so creative and beutiful. It is the sort of book that fits perfectly on a coffee table for everyone to look at again and again. What a great gift for any family.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i'v never read a book like this one. This book is a pop up book and fun to look at with small childeren
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Sabuda is a true artist, this is a little more simple and definatley less colorful than a number of his other more impressive books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! My friend brought this book into class one day and it was amazing work. She is related to the author so we got to see it before anyone else.I LOVE THIS POP UP BOOK! It's also fun for little kids to look at the pop ups and learn about our country at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I this is on a morning news show and had to check it out in person. What a buy! The whole family enjoys it and appreciates pop ups more. What a wonderful job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Sabuda has gone beyond mastering the art of pop-up books and typical children's books. He has taken the art to a new level. What a pleasure sharing this book with my students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a treasure because it is so wonderful for young children and of all of the detail in this book is extraordinary. It's wonderful for children to learn and see the beautiful pictures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a positive book about America for children! My boys absolutely love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Sabuda always delights. His attention to detail in his intricate constructions will be treasured. Everyone who looked at my book was wowed by it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Sabuda is far and away the most fitting author for such a compelling children's book. The images figuratively, and literally, leap off the page. I was stunned to see the skill with which America's most recognizable icons were presented in this terrific book. A treasure! Pick up your copy IMMEDIATELY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In times of trials and tribulations,it takes just one work of art like this to bring us to our senses.