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Christmas Around the World: A Pop-Up Book Hardcover – October 29, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Pop edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316117951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316117951
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 10.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chuck Fischer's paintings hang in some of the finest residences in the world. His designs have been reproduced on china for Lenox and home furnishings, including wallpaper and fabrics in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. He is the author of three previous pop-up books--THE WHITE HOUSE, GREAT AMERICAN HOUSES AND GARDENS, and CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK. He lives in New York City.

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She loved it and I thought it was beautifully done.
June
So if the only reason you're hesitant to purchase this book is that one picture, be assured to know that this book is pretty much child-safe now!
Emma Leigh
This is the most beautiful Christmas Keepsake I have seen, and of course will be passed down for generations in our family.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. P. McCauley on October 30, 2007
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For those looking for this year's collectible holiday pop-up, many will find it here. The text is informative and sometimes truly surprising. (If you haven't heard the German legend of The Krampus--I hadn't, and my grandparents were German--you're in for a bit of an unexpected shudder and a shock!)

The book is interactive, of course, with plenty of informative flip-back, pull-open, slide-out features. The style of illustration echoes that of the Victorian images that sometimes share space alongside. The photographs and reprints are colorful, sharp, and well-chosen.

Most of the pop ups are delightful: The British images unfurl and swirl up and out miraculously. The French boulevard--with richly stocked shop windows, a picturesque Metro stairway, kiosk, and street lamp--glistens under strands of bright star garlands. A German village and mountaintop castle in the clouds and a giant decorated evergreen, all seen from a distance, invite you in with a festive "Willkomen" sign hung between entrance gates decorated like candy canes. The final pop up is a classic: Santa and his sleigh, silver reins shining, on his way around the world! And the last surprise--a pull-out drawer with a sweet gift tucked inside that will itself hold one more gifty or goody.

A few small disappointments arise along the way: The tip of the top turret of the German castle extends past the page bottom and will be constantly bent and tattered with use and conventional storage; you may want to shelve the book on its ribboned end or upside down. The pull-out drawer contains--I assure you--only one item, instead of the bounty of materials other similar books often contain. (I telephoned to be sure my copy was not missing materials.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2007
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Not really meant for young kids, this quality keepsake is better suited as part of your Christmas decorations, something you bring out for the coffee table every year.

The pop-ups are terrific, among the best I've ever seen. But what makes the book complete are all the extras on each page. In fact, when I finished looking through it, I valued the book as much for its history as its art.

Here's why:

The first spread, about Father Christmas and Dicken's "A Christmas Carol," includes a few paragraphs about the history of each fable as well as two tiny six-page booklets. Additional spreads offer similar treatments for The Christmas Witch and pagan Rome, the Advent Calendar, Pere Noël and other French traditions, historic Russian folk tales and the true story of Saint Nicholas, and finally, the American Santa Claus.

All spreads have flaps, too; some have pull outs.

A thick cover, laminated paper stock and half-inch base help keep everything from getting damaged, but there's so much glued and folded paper stuffed in here that you'll still need to treat it all with care.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rainer Andresen on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A MUST HAVE!!!!!! Great fun with a lot of interesting facts. An artful wonder for the eyes with a great flair of creativity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Andrea Sisco

There are not words to adequately describe the beauty of master pop-up artist Chuck Fischer's work. I thought he'd hit a high point with his pop-up book, Christmas in New York, but I was wrong. Christmas Around the World is simply breathtaking and will mesmerize children and adults alike.

Fischer's newest offering features glorious scenes from Germany, Russia, Latin America, France, the Scandinavia countries, Great Britain, Italy and the United States.

Every page and pop-up is filled with intricate and beautiful scenes that will have the reader gasping while they study `how he did it.' I loved every image from the mythic figures representing Santa Claus to the Christmas traditions the different countries celebrate. The small booklets and photos are ingenuous. All you want to do is gaze at it and appreciate its beauty.

Christmas around the World is a treasure deserving its own special place of honor during the Christmas season. Oh, and check out Christmas in New York. It's stunning.

Armchair Interviews says: It's a great Christmas gift that will be saved and enjoyed every year.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Christensen on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book should be more appropriately titled, European and American Christmas Traditions. The "Around the World" in the title extends to England, France, Germany, Russia and the USA with a little bit about Scandinavia. For information about Christmas around the world, you might check out [...] and I'm sure there are many more.

The graphics are nicely done. The text is dense and appropriate for adults. Although this is a pop-up book, beware that it is NOT a children's book. My 6 & 8 year olds were not interested from the second that they saw the size of the text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Schneider on December 1, 2007
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I was pleased to see that USA Today acknowledged the enormous talent behind this pop-up book in selecting it in the top ten holiday gift books this year. Chuck Fischer has outdone himself (not easily done) in spreading magic this season with a book sure to woo friends and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Christmas Around the World by Chuck Fischer is a sensual delight. Fischer includes world traditions for celebrating Christmas in a glorious pop-up book filled with color and surprises. I was thrilled when I got this book and paged through it repeatedly before reading it. With all of its multi-layered pop-ups and pull-outs, it's impossible not to touch. Placing it on the coffee or end table is an invitation to explore. While relating educational material about Italy's Christmas Witch and Russia's version of Santa Claus, he somehow manages to capture the wonder and magic of Christmas in a way that's perfect for young and old alike. I had no idea of the differences in the versions of Santa from around the world, and it was intriguing to learn how he evolved from St. Nicholas to the Dutch Sinterklaas with hints of the Norse Odin. Christmas traditions from cards to crackers are all included. From the creche at St. Peter's to the streets of Paris, the pop-ups are fantastic and lovely. In the back is a drawer holding a Santa and sleigh that can be used as a small candy dish or even a gift box. Not a detail has been missed in this celebration of the holiday Every generation in my family is in love with this book, and its certain to become a family keepsake.
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