Every parent not only want their children to read well, but they also want them to develop a love and appreciation for books. Storybooks and picture books with lots of colorful illustrations and captivating characters will encourage toddlers and children to crack one open and browse through its pages. But Pop-Up books can offer an even bigger engagement with their 3-D scenes that are designed to literally pops off the page. Kids are surprised by the presentation and are excited to see more.
Pop-Up storybooks are interactive, inviting and they teach kids to focus. They also encourage children to visualize and use their imaginations with each backdrop. Kids love them. Here are two new pop-up books that will allow kids to be part of the story or devise their own plots.
Fairy Tale Play
The Fairy Tale Play pop-up storybook offers four separate pop-up scenes — under the sea, in a forest, at a castle, and inside a cave. Each of them corresponds to a popular and classic fairy tale that children adore. These four stages in book order are The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves.
The book also comes with two story sheets that share some details about the fairy tale including the characters and a story beginning that kids can bounce off and create their own tale. There are also four sheets of press-out characters that kids can add to the pop-up scenes. I was a little disappointed in the generic characters. They are double-sided, but they don’t really fit into any of the fairy tales per se. Kids, however, will see them as ideal actors for their impromptu plays and adventures.
Moby-Dick is a classic story and this book was just in time for the 200th anniversary of author Herman Melville’s birth. It features the sad tale of Captain Ahab and his revenge on the white whale who bit off part of his leg. Kids will learn that revenge never pays.
This pop-up storybook is written with older fonts and featured with limited colors. You get the feeling that it’s an older book and you are about to read a tale from yonder years. The pop-up pages are in layers so you can see images in various degrees of depth. There are additional notes at the bottom of the page to fill in any gaps readers may have.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.