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How to Make a Pop up Book. Pop-up elements add an exciting new dimension to any book (sure wish textbooks had them). If you are looking. With surprises waiting at every page turn, a pop-up book is an exciting literary format for all ages. The expertly crafted constructions take stories. The history of pop-up books has its roots in the 13th century with the Lullian Circle, a device believed to reveal truth through logic.

Authors of popular astronomy texts were among the first to utilize them. Astronomy in this period was geocentric; the sun, moon, and five visible planets were thought to move around the Earth. To take the simplest example, the sun was thought to have two motions: It spun around the Earth from east to west every 24 hours, and it moved across the celestial sphere from west to east over the course of a year.

Visualizing an object that is simultaneously rotating in two different directions at two different speeds around two different axes was and is no mean feat. Michael Crowe, a historian of astronomy, suggests imagining spinning a basketball on your finger while an ant crawls around the ball in the opposite direction.

The motion of that ant is the combination of two circular motions. In the classroom, three-dimensional models of the cosmos armillary spheres helped students grasp these motions. The authors of popular astronomy books used a simplified, paper-craft version: paper wheels called volvelles.

These could be used to demonstrate the motions of heavenly bodies or to make calculations about those motions. Assembled from layers of paper circles that could be rotated by the reader, volvelles served the same function as armillary spheres in a more affordable, portable format.

Apian included five different volvelles in the book. One of these volvelles demonstrates the relationship between the moon and the sun and the phases of the moon. The volvelle consists of two paper wheels connected with a small piece of string to a printed circle.

The topmost wheel has a circular hole, revealing the lower wheel beneath. Both wheels can be rotated freely in either direction. The top wheel of the volvelle has an indicator with the moon on it. The lower wheel has an indicator with the sun on it.

When the reader moves the two wheels, the phases of the moon appear in the hole cut out of the top wheel. This same volvelle also allows a rough calculation of the time at night.

To do this, the indicator on the inner wheel is made to point to the lunar hour lunar hours are longer than 60 minutes, because it takes the moon longer than 24 hours to complete a circuit around the Earth.

Then the indicator on the outer wheel is moved until the correct phase of the moon shows through the hole in the top wheel. When aligned in this way, the indicator on the outer wheel points to the hour of night. The calculation was not very accurate, but precision was not the point. Rather, manipulating these two paper circles helped the reader grasp the relationship between the motions of the two most visible celestial bodies.

As an observer watches the sun rotate around the Earth over the course of a year, it will appear to change positions relative to the stars that make up the zodiac. The sun appears in a new sign of the zodiac about once a month. Two wheels are superimposed on this circle.

Position it vertically so that its height appears longer than its width. Use your finger or a thin pencil or pen to gently pry the tab forward. Make your illustrations. You can either draw and color the illustrations on separate sheets of construction paper or cardstock, or you can cut pictures from photographs, magazines, or recycled picture books and paste those pictures onto sturdier cardstock.

Make sure that the pictures you create or use roughly correspond to the size of your book page. Also make sure that you have all the characters and images you need for your entire book, rather than the single page. Set aside an empty space at the bottom of the page for text. If you plan on having a child write the story out, you may want to use a ruler to draw lines to make it easier for him or her. You could also glue a portion of lined notebook paper in the space.

If you plan on writing it out yourself, however, you can leave the space blank or print text out from your computer and paste it onto the page later. Create as many pages as necessary.

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Use the same folding and cutting technique to create as many pages as you need to bring the tale to an end. Review your story. Make sure that you have the illustrations and pictures planned out accurately as well as the text. Also make sure that you have enough pages created! Write in the text. Go through the pages and write or paste the text to the bottom of each page.

If you have more text than you have room for, attach a piece of paper that folds out upon opening to the too-small text area. Problem solved! Decorate the background for each page. Sketch the background out in pencil before coloring it in with your coloring medium of choice. Leave the tabs blank. If you have a good eraser, go back and erase your pencil lines after completion.

Cut and paste your pictures onto the tabs. Cut out the pictures and illustrations you created.

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Glue the back of each one onto its corresponding tab. Do not allow it to get stuck to the background portion of the page, however.

Then it won't pop!

If you're using runny glue, be sure not to use too much. Apply the glue to the tab and not the picture; that way you won't risk getting glue above or below the tab. Glue your pages together.

The pages need to be glued together back to back. The top outer half of the second page would be glued to the lower outer half of the first page.

The top outer half of the third page would be glued to the lower outer half of the second page. Continue this pattern until all the pages are attached to one another. Do not glue any of the pop up tabs together, though, since doing so will prevent them from popping up.

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Create an outside cover. Fold a sheet of heavy paper that is slightly larger than the rest over the book. Slide the folded paper away from the book, decorate the back and front outer covers, and then glue the back and front inner covers to the first and last pages of the book.

This, of course, is entirely optional. If you're using it as a story-like letter or other purpose, a cover may be unnecessary.

Once the glue has dried completely, the book is ready to be read. Recent pop up books for children are written on topics as diverse as astronomy, geology, meteorology, children's classics, and dinosaurs. The typical pop up book uses heavy gauge paper for the pages and the moveable elements of the book, heavy board cover in front and back, glue for securing the cover, and glue for the attachment of the pop up elements.

Inks of a wide variety may be used in the printing, from soy-based inks to more traditional oil-based inks. Many pop up books are coated with a coating on the page to make them sturdier and dirt-resistant. These coatings include oil-based varnishes that render a shiny surface on the page. Some companies use aqueous or water-borne varnishes.

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Other pop up books use a plastic film that is put over the pages as a laminate. There are many checkpoints in the production of a pop up book as there is much at stake if small mistakes are discovered after the book goes to publication. Publishing is very expensive and few publishers are able to make a large amount of money on these books. The eyes of the designer, illustrators, paper engineer, and author must look for mistakes prior to production.

There is some waste in the production of pop up books. Paper waste may be discarded by the manufacturer; however, it is more likely the paper is recycled or re-used by another company.

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Solvent-based coatings on the pages are fairly common but are being phased out because of problems with disposal. Companies increasingly prefer aqueous varnishes, which are water-based and A pop-up book.

Dies are rather expensive to make and bulky to keep so many dies are melted down and re-used quickly.

Carvajal, Doreen. Pop-Up Books are Growing Up. December Designmation, Inc. Web Page. Seattle, WA.As an observer watches the sun rotate around the Earth over the course of a year, it will appear to change positions relative to the stars that make up the zodiac. Yes No. The pop up book was the domain of adults until the late s when metamorphoses books, also called turn-up books, included fold-out illustrations within the pages of children's books. Two wheels are superimposed on this circle.

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