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Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-Up Hardcover – July 8, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1–6—Through fanciful three-dimensional artwork and well-written narrative, Reinhart and Sabuda introduce the whimsical, mostly hidden world of fairies and their kin. Examples of fey folk from different countries and cultures cavort about the pages, including bumblebee-riding pillywiggins (England and Wales), the shy abatwa who sleep in anthills (South Africa), and the unruly kappa that have been known to kidnap toddlers (Japan). Elves and gnomes, a menagerie of enchanted creatures, nature spirits, and mythical dwellers of the deep are also covered. From a delightful rendering of Shakespeare's Titania (complete with fluttering wings), to a frontal view of a unicorn gracefully lifting its head, to a movement-filled image of Amphitrite and Poseidon in their aquatic chariot, the paper sculptures are elegant and enticing. Additional foldout booklets, also embellished with pop-ups, assist in presenting the well-researched text, which concisely conveys a great deal of information. Though its delicate design makes it difficult to circulate, this handsome volume could be used for display or to introduce or inspire further study of folklore, mythology, and literature.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Not only is this book crammed full of fascinating fairy lore and marvellous magic, its pages are packed with the most amazing pop-up pictures! * www.citv.co.uk * A thrillingly enchanted journey * Carousel * The fantastically intricate pop ups on every spread are accompanied by a mass of information... wonderful for any age -- Caroline Franklin * Newbury News Weekly * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I disagree with Amazon and/or the publisher (not sure who is to blame for this) about the appropriate age/grade range. It's listed on the product page as for ages 4-8 and grades 1-6. It's definitely NOT for preschoolers. The mini pop-ups are too hard for little hands to open, plus it's too delicate. Additionally, the text is more appropriate for elementary or older kids. I actually think this would be best as a gift for a pre-teen, teenager, and young-at-heart adult who loves fairies. I purchased my copy for someone in her 60s who I know will love it!
My wife has been a fan of Fairy Tales etc. since she was a kid and this book blew her away.
Talk about adding to the magic of Fairy Tales and growing the imagination of a young child...WOW!
This book is a great keepsake to be past on from one generation to another. Very well made and looks amazing. Just be careful when opening and closing. It's made from thick paper but looks like it can still rip if treated too rough.
Cheaper pop-up books can fold in wrong when trying to close them, but these close just right every time! They are so complicated in design that I am afraid that when I go to close it that it will bend or crease wrong, but it closes smoothly and correctly.
I bought 5 of his books for Christmas present and read them all ahead of time. You can tell right when you open them that someone put a ton of love and pride into the planning and production of these books. Highly recommend these!
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Collectible work of art.