Once upon a time, in Germany, a very inventive person designed a book that opened up to reveal four theatre scenes.
- Little Red Riding Hood meeting the Wolf in the wood
- Hansel and Gretel (being chased across a river by an amazing bear)
- The Adoration of the Magi
- Christmas Eve.
Each scene is set out on a stage and is accompanied by a piece of play dialogue (printed in German).
It is a wonderful thing and I would like one for Christmas, please.
An original one, as the new reprint takes all sorts of liberties with scale and construction…
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Moved by the spirit of curiosity, I had a quick go at making a scale copy of the reprint.
It worked well – considering it was a late in to the night, I have some spare paper to use up, how does this thing go together – ??? sort of effort.
Looking at it again this morning made me realise how small differences can change the overall ‘feel’ of something.
The two, very visible things, that make the most difference for me are:
- The original has a nice little extra bit of height at the top of the proscenium – and this helps to hide the text from the previous play and gives a feeling of ‘theatre’ rather than pop-up book
- and the orchestra is a great deal larger than in the reprint – and this give a much greater feeling of depth
So, I think I will persevere with the original, not so easy to fold and stick version…
The complete book, 4 scenes in one volume, takes a great deal of time to make (properly) and is consequently pricey.
As a slightly cheaper alternative, I also make single books that hold just one scene – and this is what I am making in these photos.
These are very neat to display in a dolls’ house and relatively inexpensive.