Quote of the day! "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There is no question about it - pop up books get your child's attention! There are tabs to pull, wheels to whirl, and giant structures, animals, and people that pop right off the page and at you. The 3-dimentional wonders immediately engage your child in the book and the reading process begins. The problem? Once the magic of the unfolding wears off you have to keep your child's attention on the words and storyline.
What is the definition of the pop-up book? A book (usually for children) that contains one or more pages such that a three-dimensional structure rises up when a page is opened.
Kids don't love all the DVD's loaded with the latest special effects or all the newest computer games that are on the market so neither will they love or respect all the moveable books that are available to them. Some critics even go as far as to say these pop-up books are not even true books but "toy books" and should not be taken seriously.
Moveable children's books have been in existence since the 1700's and originally were made for adults. As the years advanced so have the intricacy and wonder of these books. In my humble opinion pop-up books are pure magic and the paper engineering that go into them is short of brilliant. These books capture the delight of reading intuitively and viscerally. They are a wonderful way to teach your child how to appreciate and respect books because on one hand, the unfurling of the items bring forth gasps of delight, and on the other, the delicacy of the process and product makes your child handle each page with the utmost care and concern. I will weave these gems in and out of my blogs so you can expose your child to some of the best moveable books available today.
Let me introduce an amazing pop-up book today.
Man, where was this book when I was growing up The perfect life lesson....it's o.k. to make a mistake. Bring them on. Let's turn that mistake into an opportunity to be uber creative and explore all the possibilities where we can turn that blunder into a brand new discovery. A spill on your clean, white sheet of paper can be morphed into a wild, crazy animal and an accidental tear in your paper can be turned into the mouth of a roaring alligator. The possibilities are endless if you just let your imagination run wild and follow through with your ideas.
Barney Saltzberg designed this interactive book to show young readers how to react in a positive and fun way when you make a mistake. (and we all make them) The book is imaginative, creative and has a wonderful message to pass along. "Beautiful Oops!' is filled with the best in paper engineering techniques. These pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes etc. give you a bird's eye view of how to transform a blooper into a magnificent work of art. Saltzberg gives you permission to relax, not worry, and turn that oops into something you can be proud of and celebrate. So go ahead, step out, take a chance, take a risk and remind yourself that everything you make or design, using your imagination, can become beautiful and have value in the art world.
This book is perfect for pre-schoolers (and adults alike), and comes in the form of a board book. Mistakes are imminent, heck, everyone makes them. This book inspires us to re-focus and re-define our mistakes so we can once again turn them into something beautiful.
Check out "Beautiful Oops" on YouTube also.
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Read on and read always!