Cost Plus World Market, and I saw that they had a couple of fantastic looking pop-up books, and when I got a close peek at this version of 'The Snow Queen' by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, I knew there was no way I was leaving this beauty in the store.
I was worried that it would be too young for Julia (age 8), but no no no. There's a LOT of text, and in fact, I would suggest this only for kids 7 and up, to really get full enjoyment of the book.
IT'S INCREDIBLE. I'm telling you.
The art is just beautiful, I've honestly never seen such a gorgeous pop-up book before. This is NOT a book to hand to your toddler! The cutouts are so intricate and so detailed.....this is so giftworthy, my friends. Really, really special. I'm giving it to Julia as her first Advent present.
If there's anyone out there unfamiliar with 'The Snow Queen' tale, well naughty naughty on you! It's one of my favorite fairy tales. Kai and Gerda, best friends, are ripped apart after Kai's heart is pierced with a shard of a magic mirror created by an evil goblin. His inability to feel makes him ripe for the picking by the Snow Queen, who carries him off to her icy lair. Gerda travels across the world to save him, and eventually melts the icy mirror shards with her hot tears.
Please don't make the mistake of thinking all pop-ups are babyish. Julia is going to flip. her. LID. when she sees this! I know I flipped mine when I first saw it.