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The Elements of Pop Up.

The Elements of Pop Up. David A. Carter & James Diaz. New York: Little Simon (212-698-7000), 1999. Hardcover, 18 pp., $35.00.

The authors do a remarkable job of harnessing the engineering insights that employ kinetic energy, the energy of motion, in order to teach us how to design pop-ups and other moving parts of books. The book begins with an elaborate pop-up as an example to analyze and learn. The approach is solidly grounded in practice. Beginning with the simplest parallel folds, the book provides a verbal description and a working example, three to a page. The examples increase in complexity. Then there are such devices as wheels and pull-tabs, four of the former and eight of the latter. The last two pages show us how pop-ups are made commercially. A helpful glossary is included. Older students will find this is all they need to create great new worlds.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Marantz, Ken
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 1, 2001
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