Book Review

America the Beautiful by Robert Sabuda

July 1, 2010

I got my first pop-up book from my older sister when I was about 12 years old and have been in love with them ever since!  I've passed that on to my son and one of our family's favorites is "America the Beautiful" by Robert Sabuda.  All but one of the pages are beautifully cut in thick white stock and mounted on bright cheerful backgrounds.  He is a master papercutter!  He interprets the American Anthem written by Katharine Lee Bates on July 4, 1895 with images of the Golden Gate Bridge (which of course COULDN"T be white!), a farmstead with a working windmill, Mount Rushmore, the Capitol Building, Washington Monument and reflecting pool and of course, our Lady of Liberty, the Statue of Liberty!  There is even a book within the book with the less well known verses, featuring the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Liberty Bell and more. 

It states right on the back that it isn't suitable for children under 5 because of the delicate cuttings, but is definitely something that would become an heirloom!  

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There is even an opportunity to win one of his amazing popup books called Brava, Strega Nona!

Good Luck!