Flying - Turme, Kveta Pacovska - First Edition Children's Books, Kids Books, Hans Christian Anderson Award, Pop-up Books, Flying, Animals

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First edition of Flying by Kveta Pacovska: In this artistic pop-up book, two towers share the secret of flying with a colorful cast of animal characters.

Written and illustrated by Kveta Pacovska. First English translation, 1995. A Michael Neugebauer Book, North-South Books, New York and London. (First published in Switzerland in 1995 under the title Turme.)

Author and illustrator Kveta Pacovska is celebrated for her lifetime contribution to children's literature, recognized in 1992 with a prestigious Hans Christian Anderson award, the highest honor awarded to writers and illustrators of children's books.

How to describe this book? It's as if I'd given a creative child a box of markers and asked him or her to draw some pictures and write a story about them.

"Two towers stood side by side,
pointing towards the sky.
One day the younger one
leaned over to his friend.
And he whispered a secret.
This book is all about that secret."

This pop-up book is about the secret of's easy! There's a pig that flies, a frog, a hippopotamus, a bear, a rooster, a rhinoceros, a bird, a dog, a little man with a funny hat, and the Moon.

Flying makes everybody hungry, so the frog makes a pot of soup and "everyone came and sat down for dinner". I would make this recipe and settle the children down with a mug of soup as I read the story.

"3 Potatoes
Half a head of cabbage
One giant mug of whipped cream
A little flour
A pinch of salt
And one egg"

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Condition*: Near fine/Very Good. The pop-ups, fold-outs, and large fold-out poster are intact and in working order. The clear acetate jacket has mild scuffing from shelf wear and small closed tears at the head and tail of the spine.

*Based on guidelines of the Independent Online Booksellers' Association.

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