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The Little Mermaid

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by Robert Sabuda
     
 

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A beloved under-the-sea tale is now a pop-up masterpiece, from expert craftsman Robert Sabuda.

Come along on a magical journey under the sea in this stunning pop-up adaptation of the beloved fairy tale “The Little Mermaid,” expertly crafted by renowned paper engineer Robert Sabuda. Amazing three-dimensional paper structures pop off each page,

Overview

A beloved under-the-sea tale is now a pop-up masterpiece, from expert craftsman Robert Sabuda.

Come along on a magical journey under the sea in this stunning pop-up adaptation of the beloved fairy tale “The Little Mermaid,” expertly crafted by renowned paper engineer Robert Sabuda. Amazing three-dimensional paper structures pop off each page, bringing this classic underwater adventure to life. This visually stunning tale of adventure, true love, and sacrifice is sure to become a favorite in any story-lover’s library.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Robert Sabuda's superb pop-up pages in The Little Mermaid look like set designs for a drama in two kingdoms: one below the waves and the other above…Sabuda's enthusiasm and ingenuity in illustrating the story are daunting.
Publishers Weekly
★ 09/02/2013
Sabuda continues his series of pop-up adaptations of classic stories (including Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan) with a gorgeously rendered version of this Andersen tale, which hews to the original source material—don’t look for Flounder or for a terribly happy ending. Like the previous books, there’s a stained-glass quality to the illustrations and pop-ups, which are characteristically intricate and distinguished by a remarkable sense of movement: the prince’s ship extends out toward readers in one scene, storm clouds gathering behind it, while in one of the book’s many mini-booklets, the mermaids move back and forth as they beg her to return to the water rather than risk her life. Ages 6–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
At nearly thirty dollars, this book may seem too expensive an item for your youngster. You may feel the urge to find something less costly. Resist. Sabuda's take on this classic tale is a masterpiece of visual splendor. Intricately detailed pop-ups stand a good twelve to eighteen inches high off the page. Each spread includes not only one main pop up scene but also smaller subsections with additional pop-up features. Be prepared to be amazed at the number of pop-up elements and the details that they reveal. Read this book along with a child who may be overly eager to go page to page, or entrust it to the care of a responsible solo reader who will not rush in closing each spread. The colors are glorious; the characters are expressive. This latest addition to Sabuda's series of pop-up classics is a feast for the eyes and the imagination; other titles include Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Creative children will be inspired to set about making their own pop-up scenes, and they will rejoice to find some direction on Sabuda's web site (www.robertsabuda.com). This fantastic rendition of a well-known tale is not to be missed. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
Gr 1–4—Illustrations and pop-ups that sparkle with shimmering light and graceful motion characterize the latest title adapted by a master bookmaker. Much abridged and gently updated, the text closely follows the original, often echoing Andersen's phrasings and similes while streamlining events to create an eloquent yet accessible retelling. The little mermaid's heartfelt longing for her human prince, her quiet courage, and her selfless sacrifice at story's end are poignantly depicted in both words and images. Outlined with heavy black lines that lend a stained-glass effect, the artwork is spectacular. Glowing green and coral hues emblazon a multitiered sculpture of the sea king's realm festooned with plants that seem to tremble in an invisible current. The prince's storm-tossed ship is presented with the bow jabbing out toward readers, 3-D masts and ropes askew, and roiling blue-black ocean waves curling all around; the sea witch's abode, "built from the bones of shipwrecked sailors," towers tall and menacing. The stately pacing of narrative and artwork allows children to linger over the pages and explore the depths of the tale's emotional complexity.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-25
In his latest stunner, Sabuda pairs a version of the tale that is less abridged than most retellings to paper-engineered effects that, as usual, raise the bar of the physically possible. His trademark set-piece centerpieces start with the sea king's coral castle—rearing up more than 14 inches in an intricately interwoven construct—and end with a high-ceilinged, multilayer wedding stage. Around these, the tale plays out largely on side flaps and inset booklets that themselves feature multiple layers and many small but no less brilliantly designed pop-ups. In scenes both above and below the ocean surface, rich colors blend and flow in tonal sweeps that echo the artist's linework for elegance as well as the courageous mermaid's intense inner emotions. Carrying the tale up to her hard-earned transformation to a spirit of the air, Sabuda has preserved the original's events and much of its imagery in his rendition while dispensing with Andersen's wordier flights of description and, thankfully, the heavily moralistic concluding passage. As with all of Sabuda's pop-up creations, the spreads should be teased open rather than pulled to minimize the chance of tearing. The rewards are well worth taking such care. A magnificent counter to the Disney pap. (Pop-up/fairy tale. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416960805
Publisher:
Little Simon
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
12
Sales rank:
82,197
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
6 - 11 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.

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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The Little Mermaid 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MagicBob More than 1 year ago
Really amazing book! A true masterpiece! I bought it for my two year old daughter. She is fascinated by it and I bet she will be when she's older. Truthfully I hope the book stays in good shape so I can read it to my grandchildren when I'm old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very pretty and a surprise on each page.
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