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*Starred Review* Fischer, the author and designer of four previous pop-up books, including Christmas around the World (2006), presents an impressive, three-dimensional view of the Book of Genesis for older children. Inspired by both a vintage copy of The Golden Children’s Bible and a trip to Rome, Fischer and his collaborators offer a Garden of Eden scene executed in an artistic style that recalls ancient tile work; a huge Noah’s Ark landed atop a mountain; and a Tower of Babel that climbs impressively high, even for a pop-up. The text, more commentary than story, is hidden in inset mini-books and is accompanied by reproductions of biblical masterpieces; those sophisticated elements will be of most interest to adults. The stained glass–like Jacob’s Ladder, and the finale, Pharaoh’s household from the Joseph story, show how this book becomes more amazing as pages are turned. Grades 5-8. --Ilene Cooper

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"an impressive, three-dimensional view of the Book of Genesis for older children....this book becomes more amazing as pages are turned."  Booklist
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Pop edition (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316118427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316118422
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chuck Fischer's latest pop-up creation with paper engineer Bruce Foster, Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL was published by Little, Brown and Co. on November 10, 2010. A CHRISTMAS CAROL Pop-Up Book has already been chosen by the New York Times as one of the holidays Best Coffee Table Books and is to be featured in USA Todays
Holiday roundup.

CHUCK FISCHER is a leading author and designer who has taken his unique painting style and effortlessly transferred his signature look to various home furnishings products and books, making his remarkable artistry available to a wide audience.

Fischer's book, Christmas in New York: A Pop-Up Book (Little, Brown & Co.) has become a perennial holiday favorite and is in its fourth printing. Fischer's next book, Christmas Around the World: A Pop-Up Book (Little, Brown & Co.) was published in October 2007, accompanied by an extensive collection of Christmas ornaments produced by Kurt Adler, along with fine paper products by CR Gibson. Christmas Around The World was chosen as one of USA Today's Top Ten holiday books for 2007 and both books appeared on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. In The Beginning: The Art of Genesis was published by Little, Brown & Company in October 2008. ANGELS: A Pop-Up Book was published by Little, Brown & Co. in October 2009.

Fischer's first three books, The White House: A Pop-Up Book (2004), Great American Houses and Gardens: A Pop-Up Book (2002), and Wallcoverings: Applying the Language of Color and Pattern (2003) were published by Universe/Rizzoli.

Fischer's three signature collections of china and crystal for LENOX, are available at fine department stores in the US and Canada, and his collections of fabric and wallpaper designs are available at F. Schumacher and Co. and Brunschwig & Fils

Fischer's work is in the permanent collection of the COOPER-HEWITT, NATIONAL DEISGN MUSEUM, and he was chosen as a Visiting Artist at the AMERICAN ADADEMY IN ROME. 2009 marks the third year Fischer has been honored with the commission to create the annual holiday card for The White House Historical Association.

Fischer received his B.F.A from The University of Kansas

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It's a great book for everyone in the family.
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It's 3D and you can look at it from all different angles to get a better feel of the book.
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Beautiful collector's book - pop ups are great.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on October 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely stunning book. I love pop up books because they draw you more into the book. It's 3D and you can look at it from all different angles to get a better feel of the book. Genesis is a great book to do a pop up version of as there are lots of wonderful stories to be told. All the familiar stories are there and families will be able to show the pop up and then can go back and read the Bible story behind it. My favorite is Jacob's Dream and the Ladder to Heaven. There's a beautiful stained glass pop up display that towers in front of you. Equally as impressive is the Tower of Babel display which just jumps out at you from the book.There's pullouts with replicas of ancient artwork. I love the research that went into recreating them. I will say just because it is a pop up book does not mean its for kids. The pop ups are rather fragile. It's not just pictures, there is a description of the scene with the history and background. There are also classical paintings incorporated in the art which does include nude paintings therefore it's probably not recommended for young children. There is nothing graphic but little ones might might have a lot of questions when seeing them. It's a beautiful book to put on your coffee table and read with the whole family. I think it would be wonderful to have every book of the Bible in pop up form! If you are a visual learner and love art, this is the book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sally on October 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When I first opened this gorgeous volume, I thought that it was a special book for an older child--someone who would understand how to treasure such a piece of art. However, upon closer inspection, I realize this is no children's book. This is for adults who can properly appreciate not only the artwork--which is breathtaking--but also value the art history included. For centuries, the book of Genesis has been told by artists through their work. Copies of those masterpieces are used to illustrate the text, giving the reader much more than they would expect from a pop-up book.

Details are amazing. The Tower of Babel measures 16" in height. Jacob's dream is like a stained glass window (inside a book!). Hold it up to the light for a breath-catching treat. There's a time line of Joseph's life.

More than a children's book, I can see this as a special gift for an art history enthusiast, a lover of the Bible, or as a coffee table volume. What a conversation piece!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alice Berger on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Biblical book of Genesis has been the subject of great art works for many years, and is the inspiration for Chuck Fischer in creating this book. In these six pop-up scenes, he shows in majestic format: the creation, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark, the tower of Babel, Jacob's ladder, and Joseph in Egypt.

These stunning works also include attached booklets that tell the Biblical story that goes with the scene, as well as exploring its meaning, and sharing other great art works that have touched on these stories.

In the Beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Chuck Fischer has created a masterpiece, taking the book of Genesis to a new dimension in these spectacular pop-up scenes. This beautiful book would be perfect for anyone who enjoys great art and Biblical stories.

Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on June 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Older children and adults will marvel at this incredible pop-up art book for the mature reader. Chuck Fischer's latest volume uses magnificent works by world famous artists on display in myriad museums and churches to intelligently retell and analyze the dramatic stories that open the Bible. The vision is that of the artist inspired by the Book of Genesis, rather than the clergyman, as the sub-title honestly announces. Fischer chooses sensational bible tales: Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, Tower of Babel, Jacob's Ladder and Joseph. After summarizing these familiar plots, author Curtis Flowers discusses the ideas behind these indelible stories and their powerful, wrathful, covenanting God. Flowers briefly parses creation, expulsion, divine promises, angels, dreams, brotherly rivalry, betrayal and relationships that bind us. The sound, interesting text is ecumenical rather than Jewish and includes Christian terms in its analysis. The art, on canvas, on glass, in sculpture, draws readers to the book. Large two-page spreads pop up incredibly sturdy, intricate, high designs that symbolize the narrative under discussion; tiny books inside tiny books in the lower corners contain the text. The engineering and the artistic vision are wondrous show stoppers. Incorporating canvases from Bosch, Brueghel, Cranach, Domenichino, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Tiepolo and many others, Fischer delivers a glorious book, certain to stimulate discussion, to encourage guessing the artist and to offer a joyous return to youth in manipulating the pages. Ellen Cole
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BermudaOnion VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Chuck Fischer bought a 1960's copy of The Golden Children's Bible. That book and a trip to Rome inspired him (along with Bruce Foster and Curtis Flowers) to create another gorgeous pop-up book.

In The Beginning: The Art of Genesis is a stunning pop-up book for adults. You really cannot appreciate the beauty of this book without seeing it in person. This book tells several stories from the book of Genesis - the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, Jacob's Ladder and Joseph in Egypt. The text gives a nice overview of each story and the beautiful artwork and breathtaking pop-ups bring the stories to life. One page even includes stained glass!

I was able to sit down and read the text in one short sitting, but the text is just a small part of the book. I find myself picking it up to look through it over and over again, and I pick a different page as my favorite each time that I do. In The Beginning is fantastic and I think it would make a great holiday gift. You do not need to believe in the Bible to enjoy this book.
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