Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey
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Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey

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by Robert Sabuda, Robert Clarke Sabuda
     
 

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A winter wonderland in glittering 3D!

Winter's Tale is Robert Sabuda's most spectacular original pop-up story yet. The simple, elegant text is illustrated with breathtaking artwork and extraordinary paper engineering. Stunning visual effects of foil, glitter, and a twinkling surprise further capture the magic of winter. This is a must-have for everyone's

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A winter wonderland in glittering 3D!

Winter's Tale is Robert Sabuda's most spectacular original pop-up story yet. The simple, elegant text is illustrated with breathtaking artwork and extraordinary paper engineering. Stunning visual effects of foil, glitter, and a twinkling surprise further capture the magic of winter. This is a must-have for everyone's bookshelf.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Iridescent glitter suggests powdery snowfall in this seasonal book by Sabuda, whose Christmas pop-ups and America the Beautiful reflect a partiality to frosty whites and steely silvers. In the first of six spreads about a wintry forest, a 3D owl bursts from the pages and a gatefold lifts to reveal mice nesting safely in a hollow tree. A second spread features two foxes in a cave fringed with icicles, and the "snow shivers off a nearby bush," another pop-up detail that lifts to show a rabbit bounding away. In a third spread, clear plastic torrents slip down a vertical, mirrored waterfall as the pages open and close; a bear splashes and fish leap ("breakfast escapes in a flash"). At the conclusion, the winter itself says, "We spend all our days in a world dressed in white, but when the earth turns to green I must go.... I'll return for a visit next year." The closing spread encircles a simple cabin in an archway of pop-up pines; a pull-out tab sets holiday lights blinking in the cabin's transparent roof, a surprise reminiscent of the chirping in Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket. Despite the elaborate cut-and-folded paper, Sabuda never overcrowds his spreads, and he sticks to an earthy yet pristine palette including icy white, metallic silver, browns and evergreens. His deftly engineered book celebrates nature, and readers will wow to impressive pop-ups of deer, beavers and a moose. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
You have to wonder how Robert Sabuda can keep topping himself, but he never fails to bring out the WOW! In a Winter's Tale, the creatures that inhabit a cold forest literally spring to life as you open up the pages—an owl flies into view, wolves show off their white winter coats and the poor old bear misses catching his fish dinner in a scene of shimmering silver and white. In the meadow, there is a family of deer and on this page, as with others, there is an additional pop-up tucked in the spread. The right hand fold out reveals a family of squirrels in a tree. Moving on through the winter scenes, there is a magnificent moose, and other creatures, but the tour de force is the final spread. In case you miss it, there is a battery that should be activated to really give the full effect on that last pop-up. I am sure that other book lovers will delight in the surprise as much as I did.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Done mostly in sparkly whites, shiny silvers, and icy pastel hues, Sabuda's dazzling pop-ups upstage the simple text in a tale that highlights the wonders of a winter landscape. The paper constructions are indicative of the artist's usual high standard: an owl soars off the pages; a cave lifts and opens to show the foxes concealed within; and a waterfall cascades into a rushing river, where a bear darts forward to catch the fish that dance above the water's surface. The final 3-D scene shows all of the creatures posed within a forest of evergreens and bare trees, while a snowman standing in front of a lonely house reveals himself as the story's narrator, and promises to "return for a visit next year." All of the animals-whether deer, squirrels, or a moose-are sculpted out of flat white paper, making them look elegant against the more colorful woodsy backdrops. While the artwork is stunning, there is not much plot here and the pop-ups are delicate, making the book more of a confection for browsing or winter displays than a story for reading.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
One is hard-pressed to find appropriate superlatives for this wonderful new offering. This is Winter's tale; it is spoken in the first person in crystalline language: "the snow shivers off a nearby bush," as a rabbit leaps out, or "The water explodes in a fresh burst of silver / as breakfast escapes in a flash," when an old bear startles the fish. For Sabuda, it almost goes without saying that the paper engineering is breathtaking. In each spread, a central image pops up-a great owl in the snow, a family of deer-and in a side fold a smaller story takes place-squirrels in the trees, beavers in the stream. Not only are white, browns, greens and blues used to great effect, but silver foil, both plain and dappled, and iridescent glitter make the pages dance. "When the earth turns to green," Winter must go, but promises to return next year. The last opening finds all the characters-including Winter himself, a snowman with the carrot nose the rabbit brought him and the hat and scarf he waved at the moose-in a panorama of snowy trees and a glittering rooftop. (Pop-up book. All ages)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689853630
Publisher:
Little Simon
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Pages:
12
Sales rank:
220,544
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.80(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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