The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up


Watch the hills literally come alive

in this magnificent pop-up adventure drawn from

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic, The Sound of Music.

With paper engineering as unforgettable as each

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Watch the hills literally come alive

in this magnificent pop-up adventure drawn from

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic, The Sound of Music.

With paper engineering as unforgettable as each

timeless melody, The Sound of Music transports readers

to the lush green hills of the Von Trapps’ Austria in this

heartwarming tale of familial love and growth. This

book, which is based on the beloved musical, includes

recognizable songs, such as “My Favorite Things” and

“Edelweiss.” This visually stunning work is sure to

become a favorite in your family’s library.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
Bruce Foster is the paper engineer who designed the pop-ups for this book. Bert Fink did an excellent job adapting this beloved musical comedy for a pop-up book of six double-page spreads, and illustrator, Dan Andreasen, did not make the mistake of painting any of the characters in the image of famous performers from either the musical or the movie. Each of the spreads has one large pop-up and an attached booklet that tells the story and provides the words of familiar songs from the musical. The first spread introduces the lively novitiate nun, Maria, enjoying a visit to the nearby mountains. The next scene takes place in the hallway of the impressive von Trapp family home as Captain von Trapp introduces Maria to his seven children as their new governess. In scene three, Maria and all of the children are in bed as a thunderstorm rages outside. The fourth spread is the stately interior of the Nonnberg Abby where Maria and the Captain are being married. Scene five shows the entire family singing together at the famous Salzberg music festival and the book ends with the family starting their climb over the mountain to escape the new Nazi regime in their beloved Austria. Anyone who has seen the musical will enjoy this simplified version, and having the book will in no way lessen the pleasure for those who may see it in the future. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
Publishers Weekly
In this engaging adaptation, the story and songs from this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical are found in side panels that can be read like miniature books. Meanwhile, dramatic pop-ups bring the setting to life. In the opener, Maria spins like a ballerina in the Austrian countryside, dwarfed by snowy mountains. Later, she walks down the aisle on her wedding day (“Maria always said that 'girls in white dresses’ were among her favorite things, but she never thought she would be one of them!”). Clever engineering creates artful details and visual dimension, giving readers the sense that they’ve stepped inside the story. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)\
Kirkus Reviews
"One of Maria's favorite things was to sing out loud. Maria, however, lived and studied in a very serious place called Nonnberg Abbey . . . . It was in a beautiful city called Salzburg in a country called Austria." From this wooden beginning, it just gets worse. Following the structure of the play rather than the film (though omitting much, including the slinky Baroness), Fink's text adaptation unfolds in sub-folios on each spread, interspersed with song lyrics. Andreasen contributes bland characters in a muted palette cavorting stiffly on elaborate Alpine tableaux. The Anschluss is introduced so briefly children will be mystified by the ensuing flight. Between the listless prose, the uninspiring art, the lackluster paper engineering and the inherent, unfortunate silence of the format, a definite miss. Buy the DVD instead. (Pop-up/historical fiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416936558
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 281,829
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Andreasen is the

illustrator of numerous

picture books, including By the

Dawn’s Early Light: The Story

of the Star-Spangled Banner

by Steven Kroll, which was

named an ABA Kids’ Pick of

the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book

in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by

Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by

Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored

several picture books, including With a Little

Help from Daddy and A Special Day for

Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Orlando,


Bruce Foster is the paper

engineer behind dozens of

pop-up book titles, including

Little Red Riding Hood
, Bee

Mine, and Peanuts: A Pop-up

Celebration. Bruce’s work has

been featured on The Today

Show as well as CNN. Beyond print, Bruce’s

pop up work can also be seen in the

acclaimed Disney film, Enchanted. Hailing

from Houston, Texas, he lives with his wife,

Lori, and two daughters, Nicole and Lydia. You

can visit Bruce soon at

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  • Posted February 6, 2010


    I purchased this book for an adult friend of mine. One of her favorite movies is the Sound of Music. The book was extremely detailed in the pop ups. Not sure I would buy this for a child, if I did they would not get to hold until they were older. Every page had multiple pop-ups. It was beautiful. I definitely recommend if you love the Sound of Music and if you love pop up books. It even had the lyrics to some of the songs included. The only thing that could have made it better is if it it would actually play the songs from the movie as you were reading it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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