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The Christmas Alphabet Hardcover – November 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531068579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531068571
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 9.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Who can resist opening a door or lifting a flap just to see what's inside? No one. And that's why this seasonal, alphabetical pop-up book has become such a Christmas favorite. Beneath each lettered flap is an intricate three-dimensional paper cutout of a holiday-related object that starts with the same letter (A for angel, B for bell, C for candle). The cutouts, emerging from colorful squares, are all made of crisp white paper--creating an origami elegance. Yet the paper sculptures are decidedly joyful and unpredictable, like the exploding shreds of paper beside the title "unwrap" under the letter U. Robert Sabuda made his first pop-up book when he was 8 years old, but abandoned the art when he failed to figure out how to make the cyclone twirl in The Wizard of Oz. Apparently, he's finally mastered the art of motion, since many of the pop-ups feature movements such as flight for the angel, and the tender joining of lips for the kiss of two reindeer. Sabuda has also mastered the art of whimsy, making The Christmas Alphabet, The 12 Days of Christmas, and Cookie Count seasonal staples in households of children young and old. (All ages) --Gail Hudson

From Publishers Weekly

A marvel of paper engineering, this paper-over-board alphabet book transcends the usual connotations of "pop-up." Four large flaps per spread-each representing a letter of the alphabet-open to reveal sophisticated 3-D images, some with parts that move in uncommonly inventive ways. Many of the pop-ups are obvious Christmas symbols: the Manger, a Nutcracker and a Poinsettia (the last-mentioned blooms majestically when the flap is lifted). Others have ambiguous-but resourceful-ties to the holiday: a Kiss is portrayed by two reindeer, face-to-face; and two frolicking snowmen are Friends. Representing the final letter is an obviously tuckered-out Santa ("Zzzzzzz"), asleep on his pillow. A yuletide gem. All ages.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

ROBERT SABUDA is the co-creator of the first book in this series, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS. And he is the force behind many stunning best-selling pop-up books, including America the Beautiful, Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey. MATTHEW REINHART is the co-creator of ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS. And he has created many other award-winning pop-up books, including the Young Naturalist's series, The Ark, Animal Opposites, and Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale.

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Very detailed pop outs that all work!
KDGist
Bought them for my grandchildren & they are really nice books & the kids love them.
N. Johnson
This creative pop-up book will delight both children and adults.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Will on December 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
[This review was first published in the Ephrata (Pa.) Review."]

If you missed this marvel of paper engineering when it first came out in 1994, now's the chance to get a copy of a 10th-anniversary edition.

The format is simple. Seven two-page spreads of white cardboard, each with four modest little folders, or "doors," labeled with letters of the alphabet. But prepare to be dazzled by Sabuda's magic. Open one of the folders and ta-da! a live dove flies out. Well not quite... but almost.

Behind each of the 27 "doors" lies a white pop-out surprise that illustrates a Christmas-related word. Open "Door C" for example and glimpse a candle's halo whirr into place behind the flame. Open "G" to flamboyant swirls and a box. Lift the box's lid to discover what the gift is. Lift "Q" to a bouncy quartet of singers.

The mechanically inclined will immediately set about trying to figure out how the pop-ups "work." Others will simply enjoy the shapes and the creativity behind them.

Because of the book's fragile nature, I wouldn't hand this book off to a toddler. But with supervision and assistance, this is a visual treat all ages can enjoy.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "templeyoung" on October 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I discovered Robert Sabuda's books while researching Amazon for children's books.We have 5 grandchildren , all under the age of 2 with the exception of l; she turned two in July! Not only do I plan on ordering this exceptional book for them all, I'm getting one for myself. I am 62 years old!!! I plan on collecting ALL of Sabuda's works of art. That's how highly I recommend The Movable Mother Goose. You will be highly pleased with this book!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Grant Pew (grant_pew@bigfoot.com) on December 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The contents are an unbelievablely artistic origami rendering of the items named by each letter of the alphabet. Behind each letter's door is yet another surprise popout that is as original as it is beautiful. It is one of the most captivating books I have ever looked at. Any child, or adult, would appreciate it. First rate!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This thrilling book grabbed me immediately. The paper folding is unbelievably intricate & gorgeous. The story behind it was so meaningful, too. I bought about twelve copies for presents the year I first saw it. It's not for small children unless an adult is present to stop possible damage to the paper folds. I'm saving one copy for our son whenever he marries.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Lai on June 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a simple, yet beautiful book of pop-up paper scultptures, each representing a theme from A to Z. It is not a book for young children, but rather for an older child or an adult who appreciates simple elegance and dramatic paper sculptures. This is also a great book for people who like to collect alphabet books. It also makes a beautiful "coffee table book" during the holiday season.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thea M. Ryan on December 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This detailed, intricate pop up by Robert Sabuda is a must have for any pop up lover. It would make an incredible Christmas gift, too. Sitting out on a table during the holidays, it will attract adults and children. If nothing else, it will slow you down a bit during the season to open every alphabet letter and appreciate all the detail of the book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "jeanelittlebit" on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this the MOST beautiful and intriguing book I've ever given to my children, the story of how it came to be is an important reminder to hang onto our dreams. It's perfect for anyone of any age. I gave it to my boss last year (someone who "has everything") and she loves it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
When my mother gave us "The Christmas Alphabet," she said she knew we'd love it, and she was right. So do all the guests who visit us during the holidays! In fact, we now play a game with the book whenever new people see it. We tell them to try and guess what picture will pop up to correspond to each letter. Correct guesses bring squeals of delight, but even wrong guesses lead to admiration for the design that springs out. Of course, the letter "z" always leads to great puzzlement! This book will always be a treasure in our house as well as a favorite gift to give to others!
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