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Playbook Farm


First read this beautifully detailed pop-up book, then unfold it to transform it into a 3D farmyard landscape playmat, with stand-up cardboard animals and a tractor that you can move all around the farm! A unique and ingenious novelty book that folds away again in its own box.
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First read this beautifully detailed pop-up book, then unfold it to transform it into a 3D farmyard landscape playmat, with stand-up cardboard animals and a tractor that you can move all around the farm! A unique and ingenious novelty book that folds away again in its own box.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
An active farm can be an exciting setting for a child's active imagination. Here, we have a varied background for active play: a barn, an orchard, a wheat field, a henhouse, and even a windmill (complete with a spinning set of arms). Also, we have a variety of fold-out characters: a farmer (who looks more boy than man), a (girl-like) woman in a tractor, another boy in a truck, a dog, a cow, a sheep, and more. Children can enjoy the gentle story—like many children's books, this is more a series of comments about the daily goings-on of a farm than a plot with a beginning, middle, and end—and, in the process, unfold the book to play with the figures on the playmat it forms. Children who are used to plastic figures will benefit from a caution about the delicate nature of the paperboard, but the toy/book's beauty makes the extra effort worthwhile. Part of the "Playbooks" series. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
Kirkus Reviews
A delightful playmat and pop-up book all in one. This novelty kit comes with its own box, a pop-up "book" and a pocket with an assortment of stand-up paper animals, people and farm vehicles. Readers can choose to turn the pages of the book, in the conventional manner, for a pop-up experience or to flip it over to read very simple animal facts in 2-D. The book can also be folded flat to create a nearly 31-by-24-inch playmat. The paper figurines, made of two-ply card stock with a simple foldout base, add to the fun of the pop-up portions of the mat and encourage play. The paper engineering is quite sophisticated and includes a pop-up barn and sheep pen with doors that can open and a windmill that spins with a flick. The text for the pop-up side of the book is a simple catalog of noises and movements heard and seen on a farm and reads aloud fluidly. The flip side, which does have some tricky pages that fold up or down instead of right to left, asks readers to guess the "job" an animal does on the farm. Some of the explanations may strike adult readers as incomplete ("Horses like to trot, gallop, and jump!"), but with wonderful pop-ups waiting on the other side, this side of the book is not going to get much airtime. Teckentrup's digitally created artwork has a homespun, folksy feel. Her flat forms are softened and rounded by the application of color that resembles mottled brush strokes and textured block prints. With the choking-hazard warning on the back and the delicate nature of the pop-ups and paper figures, buyers should follow the age recommendations closely on this one. This is a charmer for preschoolers and their grown-ups alike. Here's hoping more "Playbooks" are on the way. (Pop-up/board book and novelty item. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763661656
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 1,440,091
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Corina Fletcher is a designer specializing in pop-up books and paper engineering with twenty years of experience. She created the engineering for the pop-up version of Guess How Much I Love You and has worked with Oliver Jeffers and Lauren Child, among others, to create best-selling pop-up versions of their picture books. She lives in Sussex, England, with her family.

Britta Teckentrup was born in Germany and moved to England in 1988. She is the author and illustrator of many books for children. She now lives in Berlin with her husband and young son.

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