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Inspiration: A Pop-up Book

Inspiration: A Pop-up Book

Ron van der Meer
Novelty Book
For ages 8 and up
Tango Books, 2013   ISBN: 978-1909142039

For centuries people have been inspired by proverbs written by writers from around the world. The Chinese have a particularly rich library of proverbs, some of which are very old indeed. For this book, paper engineer artist Ron van der Meer, has paired six Chinese proverbs with extraordinary abstract pop-up creations. 

   The proverbs explored are both inspirational and uplifting in nature, and the themes they explore are truly universal. Some readers may even feel that they sound familiar because there are English language proverbs that say the same thing using different words.

   On their own, the proverbs offer readers food for thought, but when they are paired with the artist’s pop-ups they acquire an added dimension. Readers of all ages will be intrigued by this unique and beautiful novelty title.