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Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-Up Hardcover – July 8, 2008

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Encyclopedia Mythologica (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Pop edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763631728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763631727
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tenna Merchent on July 16, 2008
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This book lives up to the standard that Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda have set with first rate pop-up engineering. Every page has a central pop-up that is beautiful and interesting. Each page is further embellished with a minimum of two corner pull-outs that are also pop-ups in themselves with history as to the folklore of fairies. From this perspective, it is top notch.

The area where I was a little disappointed was in the history of the fairies themselves. It starts out interesting enough explaining that fairies appear in the legends of every continent. But it tends to focus on the darker aspects of the folklore. I've never researched the history of fairies, but I prefer to think of them as benevolent beings. Most of the stories focused on their pranks and the misfortune they can bring. The final corner pullout talked about the English girls who supposedly played with fairies and set up a camera to catch them on film. It was a well publicized case because it was later exposed as a hoax. They had used cuts out from an old children's catalog. The girls admitted their prank but claimed that one photograph was authentic.

I loved the artwork and pop-ups, but the actual text made me feel creepy sometimes, and in the end, sort of sad. While I will show it to my children, I will use my own words to describe the fairy world. If you're really into pop-up books, this is worth adding to your collection, but if your true interest is the lighter side of fairies, I prefer the pop-up book How to Find Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker.
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Mr. Reinhart is a genius, no doubt about it. In this book there are dimensional fairies peeking from foliage, brownies hiding in corners, and trolls waiting to create trouble for passers-by. Some figures "magically" transform from one thing to another, just as we might imagine them to do in fairy tales. I give it only four stars because the engineering falls just a little short of the "wow" factor, and the text is somewhat depressing. Nonetheless, this and the Limited Edition version will certainly remain in my collection to be enjoyed for years to come.
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This book is beautiful. Not only do you have the larger pop-ups that spring to life when you turn the page, but there are also several mini pop-up pages within a page. The artistry is beautiful, and the pop-ups can be viewed from different angles to see different parts of the picture (unlike traditional pop-ups that are designed to be viewed from one reading angle only).

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!
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This incredibly intricate pop-up book brings back the fun I had creating my own jumbo fantasy pop-ups while amazing me with it's folding out pop-ups that are truly a feat of paper construction! Besides marveling at the the beautiful colour rendoring and fold out figures( how did they get Titanias wings to spin around like that!?) I'm also impressed with the knowledge of myth and folklore! Some reviewers express dissaproval of the scarrey dark fairies, the mischief that leprachans and the dangers that some of mythical figures of magic were described as doing. But I don't find that depressing and the author mentions the light fun of the little people as well. Brian Froud's FAERIES books are along the same lines as this book and as someone who has books on greek myths and Norse myths, both for children and adults, the authors are sharing their knowledge of these world myths with these artistic pop-ups! Remember, this is called an encyclopedia mythologica! And ages ago people saw these myths as explanations of the unknown world around them! Since I make my own hand drawn animation with fantasy characters I appreciate the creativity and variety of this pop-up book ! Today's world has both dark and light and so does the fairy world of myth and legend! All this was the inspiration for J.R.R.Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT stories after all! I would not recommend this book for little kids simply because the pop-ups are so intricate! It's good there are corner tabs to stick the smallpages back into to keep the mini pop-ups from being damaged. One has to carefully close the book so as not to damage the folded figures! I like the pop-ups I made years ago but again I say WOW!! I got my copy for $15.00 from Bookseller USA. It might be a good idea to get a copy for your adultself in case the kids damage the other copy!
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Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda is a popup book like no other. This magical book captures audiences young and old just by simply opening it.

This superb popup book includes the origins of fairies, the many different types of fairies, the fairy realm, elves and gnomes, mermaids, unicorns, phoenixes, griffons, and much more! The information to go with the beautiful illustrations is a truly perfect fit for learning about the many different kinds of fairies and the lore that leaves us fascinated by them.

This is one of the rare diamonds of a book I've come across in a long time. It is an astonishingly stunning book visually and full of fairy information fully researched. It is to me, the perfect fairy book for all ages.

It is so beautiful though, I would personally not let young children too close to it. They like to grab at things too much and would ruin it. It would be best to read to them with the child (not grabbing at it) and able to look at it in all its glory while being read to. It is a very special book, and if treated properly, it would become a very special book for the child as they grow up as well.

I've loved fairies for as long as I can remember. They are simply magical to me, and I've read everything I could on them for as long as I've been able to read. Finding information on fairies was however, not such an easy task as a child. Sure, there were fairy tales and the most known fairy of all, Tinkerbell. I was rather smart even at a young age though and wanted to know more. Our school librarian just explained they didn't have anything else available. There was no internet then (or amazing books like this), so googling was out of the question too.
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