Aesop's Fables: A Pop-Up Book of Classic Tales
. Little Simon: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing . NY ,
PZ8.2.M747 Ae 2010 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This work is a triumph! It is wonderful! Five fables follow this pattern: a single fable gets a major pop-up in the center of its two pages. The early part of the story is in a small fold-out element in the lower left; the late part of the story is in a small fold-out element in the lower right. A moral occurs in a small paper-ploy in the upper right. This can be a level or a pop-up or another little use of the pop-up's possibilities. After three of these and before the last two is a different element. It has WS at its center; arranged around it are four other stories. In each, one lifts the cover to find a smaller fold-out that tells the story. The five major stories are GGE, FC, TH, LM, and GA. The smaller stories around WS are DS, TB, FG, and The Horse and the Stag. Special prizes go to: the lower-right scene in FC, in which we can see the cheese dropping from the crow's mouth towards the fox; the lower-left opening scene in LM, which has the lion dangling the mouse in the air; and the upper-left story of DS, which includes a mirror in which we, like the dog, can see the bigger bone in the water. Most impressive construction among the five main stories might be FC. The crow and tree tower up further and further as the book is opened. Unfortunately, WS is told in the poorer version. This book is a genuine treasure. I am glad that I pre-ordered a second copy by mistake.