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This elaborate pop-up book adds a spectacular twist to Mother Goose's well-loved rhymes. Paper artist Robert Sabuda, preeminent patriarch of modern pop-up engineering, brings yet another explosion of motion and color to his latest masterpiece. Attributing animal personalities to nursery-rhyme characters, he surprises young readers time and again. In "Jack Be Nimble," for example, the fellow leaping lithely over a candlestick is none other than a grasshopper. And the Man in the Moon is seen from a startling perspective: he has decidedly alien features! Sabuda's quirky take on traditional rhymes, combined with his fantastic folding, moving, spinning paper sculptures, will have pop-up fanciers and Mother Goose devotees clamoring for more. Sturdier than most pop-ups, these three-dimensional constructions are nonetheless vulnerable to tiny grabbing hands. At his best, Sabuda creates breathtaking displays of pop-up craftsmanship, as in the "four and twenty blackbirds" bursting rowdily out of a pie, mirrored sunglasses on every one. At his worst, he creates slightly bewildering beings, such as the star-shaped Jill in "Jack and Jill" tumbling down a mysterious edifice. He may occasionally (and understandably--what a fun job!) get carried away with his engineering feats. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Sabuda (ABC Disney) upholds his reputation for mind-bogglingly elaborate paper confections with this surprise-filled collection of nursery rhymes. An all-animal cast makes for some amusing twists: Little Bo-Peep is a sheepdog, Miss Muffet a fly (with good reason to be frightened by a spider) and nimble Jack a grasshopper. Each spread has a central rhyme, the pop-up for which unfolds with the turn of a page; rectangular flaps introduce additional rhymes. The creatures, rendered in matte blocks of color (plus some metallic foil), take on the form of a cut-paper sculpture. The pop-ups are occasionally difficult to decipher: it takes some analysis, for example, to figure out that Jack and Jill are ants tumbling down an anthill. Though Sabuda seems particularly fond of insects, their unfolding limbs and body segments can make them the most challenging to decode. However, the virtuoso pieces are astonishing, particularly the mice that race up and down for "Hickory Dickory Dock" and the four-and-twenty sunglasses-sporting blackbirds that burst from a pie. All ages. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689811926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689811920
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By pengwynneS@aol.com on December 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Robert Sabuda is my hero. His paper engineering is without equal so I took his Movable Mother Goose to a first grade classroom to try it out. The kids loved the rhymes, and as the "payoff" for reading them out loud, they got to DEMO the popup that went with the rhyme. The book not only survived all 25 kids reading and demonstrating the popup, they even learned how to carefully tuck the delicate paper pieces back so that the book would not get trashed. I don't think kids ever outgrow their love of popups, and I am also convinced that popups are THE perfect birthday present for every kid (and sometimes even for adults)so I'm glad that Sabuda has tackled this classic poetry. I'd recommend this one for ages five to eight, but even high school kids would enjoy it and start thinking of ways to build popups for their own favorite nursery rhymes using David Carter's book, The Elements of Pop-Up, a Book for Aspiring Paper Engineers.
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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Tenna Merchent on November 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:09 Mins
This is a brief video overview of this attractive pop-up book.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 24, 2002
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I was thrilled to find that genius paper engineer Sabuda was tackling these classic rhymes, and the book lives up to expectations. The artist's work is, as always, creative and fun.
There are six two-page spreads, each with a large central figure (one of Bo-peep's sheep, Miss Muffet's spider, a peacock, the hickory dickory clock, Mr. and Mrs. Sprat, and a pie bursting with blackbirds) and several smaller rhyme fold-outs. This set-up makes the book a little "busy" in my opinion, but our two-year old adores it, so what's my aesthetic sensibility matter? The material is heavy paper, and it's held up well to our toddler's exploration. Some of the mechanisms are a little confusing and/or delicate, but nothing especially difficult. Nice, bright colors are employed for the animal characters used to illustrate these tales, usually to comic effect.
This is a lovely book for children, and would likely make a good first pop-up.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Katie Dewees on February 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a gift to my daughter when she was born. We have read it to her ever since then and she adores it! If she is cranky, she will get quiet when she sees us reach for the book. The illustrations are captivating, to say the least.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While I loved the conceptual design of the book, I found the quality of the paper and printing to be poor. The first time I -an adult- tried to open the 4 and 20 blackbirds page (very gingerly), I managed to rip it in one place. This just should not happen for a children's book!! Perhaps the type of paper used is too rigid for the movement. Colors were not as vibrant on the inside of the book, either.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I recently purchased this book for my grandchildren after seeing a friend's copy. They absolutely love it and have to "read" the "book" at least twice a day. It is wonderfully done and my 2 year old grandson's eyes grow big as he watches they pages pop up. I plan to purchase another and hope Mr. Sabuda continues his art.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 24, 2002
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I was thrilled to find that genius paper engineer Sabuda was tackling these classic rhymes, and the book lives up to expectations. The artist's work is, as always, creative and fun.
There are six two-page spreads, each with a large central figure (one of Bo-peep's sheep, Miss Muffet's spider, a peacock, the hickory dickory clock, Mr. and Mrs. Sprat, and a pie bursting with blackbirds) and several smaller rhyme fold-outs. This set-up makes the book a little "busy" in my opinion, but our two-year old adores it, so what's my aesthetic sensibility matter? The material is heavy paper, and it's held up well to our toddler's exploration. Some of the mechanisms are a little confusing and/or delicate, but nothing especially difficult. Nice, bright colors are employed represent the animal characters used to illustrate these tales, usually to comic effect.
This is a lovely book for children, and would probably make a good first pop-up.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Who would of thought of using lipsticks for pick up sticks? Only Robert Sabuda! I have taught preschool for two years and love intricate pop-ups, nobody has an eye like his! I was lucky enough to meet him on his Northern California tour. I will always buy a Sabuda pop-up,I never would have thought of turning a bunch of birds into an Elvis Presley impersonater contest!
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