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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes

Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes

Spring 2011 Picture Books
Ages: 5 & Up
Author: Matthew Reinhart
Author: Robert Sabuda
Illustrator: Robert Sabuda
Illustrator: Matthew Reinhart
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763631710
Hardcover Price: $29.99
Review:

Gods & Heroes is the second volume of the Encyclopedia Mythologica trilogy. Expert paper engineers Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart bring gods, goddesses and sacred legends from all over the world to life in brilliant three-dimensional pop-up sculptures.

From the banks of the Nile to the top of Mount Olympus to the ancient Aztec empire and beyond, mythological beings spring to action at the turn of a page. Intricate pop-ups give readers a glimpse of their exploits, powers, and personalities. Tiny booklets open up to reveal additional treasures. The inventiveness of the illustrations and paper engineering add their own magic to an already fascinating subject.

For curious young pop-up enthusiasts, the myriad of visual delights provides an engaging introduction to ancient mythology. For readers age 8 and up, words and images work together in just the right proportions to enhance understanding of the role divine myths played in civilization’s quest to explain the mysteries of life.

Pamela Pease   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Pamela Pease is a designer, author, educator, and founder of Paintbox Press. She has created pop-up books about Macy's Parade and the Tour de France, as well as award-winning series of books on architecture and design for kids.


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