See the endangered Florida panther peering out from a cypress grove, an alligator charging a white egret, a snarling grizzly bear protecting her cubs, adventurers in a dory boat crashing through the rapids of the Colorado River, all rising up from the pages of America's National Parks, A Pop-Up Book. This pop-up masterpiece will become a family favorite.
Many of our country's biggest, highest and deepest wonders are found in the national park system. Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park is our deepest lake. Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park is the highest point in North America, and the nation's lowest point is Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park. In California, Sequoia National Park has the world's largest trees, giant sequoias. In nearby Yosemite National Park is the highest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls, cascading 2,425 feet into the valley. Our hope is the stunning pop-up scenes of America's National Parks, A Pop-Up Book will inspire you and your family to visit these special places.
Throughout our history, great Americans traveled into the national parks, and praised their beauty and majesty. John James Audubon described his first visit to the Everglades: "We observed great flocks of wading birds flying overhead...in such numbers to actually block out the light from the sun..." President Theodore Roosevelt said of the Grand Canyon, "The most impressive piece of scenery I have ever looked at..." And John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, said of his
favorite wilderness, Yosemite National Park, "It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter." The book captures the beauty of these parks in amazing three-dimensional pop-up scenes. Stories are told of heroic explorers, such as John Wesley Powell who in 1869 set off with nine companions in four wooden boats to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Newspapers across the country reported on his trip into what mapmakers named The Great Unknown. One newspaper reported on the planned trip, "whoever ventures into this canyon will never come out alive," almost a true prediction as Powell---with five crew members, in two boats---completed their 1,000 mile, ninety-nine-day expedition.
Springing to life are wildflowers of Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park (rises 13" above the page); a mountain goat, the iconic mammal of Glacier National Park, perches on a high cliff; and the grandest lodge in all of the national park system, The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park, invites you to enter.
The pop-up creations of Bruce Foster are impressive, as is the truly American art style of the 1930s WPA posters used by Dave Ember to magnificently illustrate each pop-up spread.
Our national parks are in your heart. Now have them spring to life in your home with America's National Parks, A Pop-Up Book.