penguin pop-up card

This is a one-page pop-up card for my brother.

Penguins do not climb trees, nor do they build nests, as far as I know. Penguins do not feed their young pies, as far as I know. I think that penguins have only one chick at a time, but I could be wrong. With that in mind, then, here is a penguin feeding a pie to its multiple young in a nest that is in a tree. So this card is absurdly wrong. It's intended to amuse, not to instruct.

The adult penguin is attached to a crimp that tilts a full 90º, which is a lot of tilting action for a pop-up card. I would have preferred less movement in this case, but I just dealt with it.

The baby chicks are attached to a separate mechanism that pops them up from within their nest to meet the pie that is being fed to them.

The cover is a simple ink sketch of a single penguin with touches of orange glued directly to the front of the card. An envelope is made to fit.

I must admit this card is a bit of a cop out, but don't tell my brother or he'll think I don't love him. The fact is, I had all sorts of penguin-related ideas. The struggle for supremacy at the Southern Hemisphere, battles with other species, all kinds of ridiculous anthropomorphisms, lines of penguins holding pies forward with their flappers, a penguin pie bakery, penguin pies with fish in them, those sorts of things, but I only had the enthusiasm to crank out one page.

The idea was inspired by Sophie and David Pelham's Counting Creatures, the number 13 "thrushes". It is a companion book to A is for Animals. It says right there in the book that all rights are reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form, and here I am copying their idea. Does that make me bad? I feel guilty, but I am grateful to them for showing me a new mechanism. The two books are really quite good. You should buy them, unless you're under 3 years. It says so right there in English and in French that the books are unsuitable for children under 3 years. I think that's wrong. People on Amazon say their one year old and their two year old children love these two books, and I sure can see why. I love them too. So what if they tear them up. What, do expect them to last forever? Besides, that's how people learn. They can always be glued back.

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