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Popposites: The Pop-Up Opposites Book!    by Mike Haines & Keith Finch order for
by Mike Haines
Order:  USA  Can
Kingfisher, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Pull the tabs and push the levers to make this pop-up book a beguiling reading experience. On the very first page you'll find a picture of a flower bulb planted in the earth. 'Beginning' says a little window at the bottom. Carefully pull up the tab at the top of the page and the bulb sends forth a stalk with a flower that bursts into bloom. The word in the little window then changes to 'End'.

On the following pages a pyramid is transformed into a modern building to illustrate Ancient and Modern and a turtle and hare race (slow and fast). There are some very clever pop-ups in this book but, unfortunately, some of them are a bit hard to manipulate. Three year olds will need assistance using the tabs and push levers. And, adults who provide that assistance should use care since it is very easy (as I unfortunately discovered) to pull a tab out too far and almost ruin the mechanism.

Be very careful until you loosen up all the sliding elements of this book and then there shouldn't be a problem. Anyone who collects this type of book will be intrigued by the complexity of this volume and surely want to add it to his/her library.

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