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The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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About the Author
Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.
Top Customer Reviews
The Andreasen/Foster depictions of the Trapp Family Villa, the wedding scene at Nonnberg Abbey, and the final scene of the escape across the Alps, are especially vivid and impressive. The pop-up features six major scenes, with mini-pop-ups also included. The lyrics (by Oscar Hammerstein II) to several songs--"The Sound Of Music," "A Problem Like Maria". "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi", "The Lonely Goatherd", "Climb Every Mountain", "So Long, Farewell" and "Edelweiss"-- are included within the mini-pop-ups. Bert Fink's story adaptation is odd and problematic. Fink retains the sugary/sweet elements and characters (Maria, the nuns, the Captain and his seven children) while completely removing any trace of dramatic arch or substance.
The characters of Elsa, Max, and Rolfe, the boy who later became a Nazi-- indeed, the Nazis altogether-- are completely absent from the pop-up version. Some may sensibly state that the Nazi occupation of Austria, so integral to the Trapp Family story and the musical itself, has absolutely no place in a pop-up book. The pop-up book merely says the Trapp family are chased and must escape out of Austria.Read more ›
The book itself is substantial and weighty, with six double-page panoramic pop-ups. These include:
1. Maria Dancing in the mountains above Salzburg, with the city and convent in the foothills. Maria is fixed on a tiny acrylic rod so she actually twirls around.
2. Captain Von Trapp introducing his 7 ("seven?!") children to Maria in the hall of his grand house. The room even has a perspex arched window.
3. The children sitting on Maria's bed during the thunderstorm and singing.
4. The church where Maria and Captain Von Trapp are married.
5. The Trapp Family Singers performing at the Salzburg Music Festival.
6. The Family escaping over the mountains.
The pictures themselves may take some wrangling when you first open the pages. The three-dimensional panoramas have a lot of folds and tabs, and some of them may need tweaking. The trick is to make sure the pages are open a full 180 degrees to get everything to stand up properly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is INCREDIBLE. My mom loved it so much. So many precious detailsPublished 3 months ago by Amanda L. Luke
This is a beautiful pop up book. Lots of detail, and the pages with the mountains are amazing. I also like that as a part of the story they have printed the lyrics to all of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Coffey Mom
This is a very nice depiction of the movie version of the song. Perfect.Published 12 months ago by Sylvia Harris
Really enjoyed receiving this classic. Story well done and pop-ups are fine.Published 15 months ago by Nancy C. Anderson
My 8 year old daughter absolutely loves this!!! Beautiful pop up illustrations and lots of song lyrics too. Just beautiful - something she will always treasure.Published 19 months ago by jodi oldham
Wprks well. My granddaughter loved it. I recommend it. She just finished doing Sound of Music as a little Trapp.Published 21 months ago by user three
I got this as a gift for my 9 year old daughter. She absolutely loves it! It is simply beautiful and the pop out on the first page even has Maria spin as you open it, just like... Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by A US Veteran