Winter's Tale

Winter’s Tale

A winter wonderland in glittering 3D!

Winter’s Tale is Robert Sabuda’s most spectacular original pop-up story yet. The simple, elegant text is illustrated with breathtaking artwork and extraordinary paper engineering. Stunning visual effects of foil, glitter, and a twinkling surprise further capture the magic of winter. This is a must-have for everyone’s bookshelf.

Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Pop edition (September 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689853637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689853630
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
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  1. The creativity that went into this work is undeniable…Sabuda’s illustration and pop-ups are not only intricate, but dazzling. A perfect gift-giving book as we approach the holiday season.

    This work, inspired by Sabuda’s journeys through the snowy fields of Michigan as a child is awe-inspiring, and a delight for adults as well as children. Each turn of the page will dazzle you, but the highlight is a surprise pull that comes at the end of the book, and is truly a “how did he do that” moment. Beautiful nature scenes, incredible snowscapes, and simple yet elegant text.

    This is worth buying two of…one to immediately enjoy, and one to tuck away as a gift to a future generation. AWESOME stuff.

  2. Everytime I see a Sabuda Pop-up book I am constantly amazed at the skill and intricate detail that goes into creating these masterpieces. A beautiful winter landscape filled with wildlife is the subject of Winter’s Tale, a beautiful and serene book. There’s a wonderful snow owl flying off the pages, bear catching fish with a waterfall in the background, a Family of deer, and my favorite, a house or cabin, neslted in the snow covered woods with a little snowman standing in front of the house.

    Keep looking close or you will miss something. The test is light and just a moderate accompaniment to the pop-ups. The colors are gorgeous! This is another winner from Sabuda.

  3. Yet another enchantment from Mister Sabuda. This is the fourth of his books that I’ve bought and each one seems more amazing. My first buy was The 12 Days of Christmas Anniversary Edition: A Pop-up Celebration and though brilliant it seems rather simple when compared to the Winter’s Tale yet the format is the same, each spread has a dramatic pop-up and then the treat (on five of the six spreads in the book) of another pop-up hidden on the right-hand page.

    The paper used is basically white but this throws up the selection of other surfaces, a white stock with a snow like glitter, two different silvers, acetate (used for a waterfall effect) and several flat graphic colors. As with the other four books I have Sabuda leaves the big surprise to the last spread, here it is a charming woodland setting with a house in the center complete with snowman and all the animals featured in the story. This pop-up is just stunning in itself but wait there’s more, pull an arrowed tab and a series of six colored lights flash in sequence on each side of the house’s roof. Just magical!

    The flashing lights are the icing on the cake for me and possibly tough luck for Robert Sabuda because in his next book he has to top this extravaganza. (How about adding sounds Robert?) Incidentally take care with the pull tab for the lights, don’t pull it too hard because to get it to work you’ll have to remove a little plastic strip on the back cover to activate the batteries, then the tab will turn them off and on. Oh yes, you can replace the batteries, too.

  4. The first line of `A Winter’s Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey’ reads, “Each morning I stand in the new fallen snow and watch as the world awakes around me,” which is a metaphor for this entire, short, wonderful book in which the pop-up art “awakes” from the sparkling, virginal snow on each page.

    There are six pop-up’s in `A Winter’s Tale…,’ each more complex and detailed than the one that preceded. A great owl gives way to a den of foxes. Nearby, an old bear stands near a waterfall not far from a family of deer frolicking in a meadow. Finally, a moose walks through a swamp near a little house nestled in a winter wonderland. There is some magic in that little house.

    Comparisons of `A Winter’s Tale…’ to Robert Sabuda’s concurrent release, `Encyclopedia Prehistoria: Dinosaurs’ are inevitable. While the pop-up art in the latter are more detailed and even a bit more interesting than in the former, `A Winter’s Tale…’ is a concise, warm story perfect for a cold winter night. Not by mistake, certainly, `A Winter’s Tale…’ does not refer to any particular seasonal holidays and is therefore non-denominational. Thus, the title is a wonderful and special gift for almost any child. Pop-up art of this quality is delicate, and a retail price tag of $26.95 makes `A Winter’s Tale…’ more than just an after-thought of a gift, however. Still, `A Winter’s Tale…’ will almost certainly be an heirloom book, and is very worth the price of admission.

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  6. THIS book is an awe-inspiring artistic journey that will definitely delight children of all ages. The artwork is beyond breathtaking! It makes for the most beautiful gift for the holiday season. Dazzling and exceptional!

  7. This remarkable, enchanting book is a work of art. It dazzles the reader with its beautiful three-dimensional and intricate pop-up creatures and scenery, warm prose and unexpected surprises on every page. For anyone who can delight in the joy of childhood wonder, this amazing creation will be a joy to the senses. Robert Sabuda is a magician – an adult with a heart and soul that is ageless and who is in touch with the child within. For the young of heart of all ages, this book is a treasure.

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