SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2009

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Looking & Learning Allison Valchuis, Erin McCluskey, and Kim Robledo-Diga About the Artwork The Jolly Jump-Ups was a series of pop-up books written and illustrated by Geraldine Clyne during the 1940s and 1950s. Each book featured the fantastic adventures of a typical American family. At a time when Americans were intensely interested in the idea of outer space, this book gave children a fun way to relate to the phenomenon. In this episode, the Jump-Ups take a trip to Mars. As a family, they meet and interact with Martians, and they even go on a picnic where they introduce hot dogs to their new friends. Intended for eight- to elevenyear-olds or parents reading to their younger children, the soothing pastel colors and whimsical illustrations make this book a perfect calming bedtime story. As a historical object, the book gives us a glimpse at what life may About Pop-up books Children have been enjoying movable books since the eighteenth century. Although the original pop-up books or "lift-the-flap" books were not as elaborate as the ones you may have had as child, the basic mechanisms and techniques have not changed drastically. Books from the 1700s and 1800s often were composed of two pages that would unfold into four different scenes. These illustrations were designed to work together, changing the content of the text when lifted. Other books used cut-outs, much like dioramas, that lifted up off the plane of the book using ribbons or hinges. Later books, like The Jolly Jump-Ups, used have been like in mid-twentieth-century America. Through the series' illustrations of design objects such as clothing, architecture, automobiles, and products, we can see how these designs have changed over time. Due to the social climate in which these books were written, each of The Jolly Jump-Ups stories often follow the theme of family values and pursuit of the American dream—like buying a new home, camping, going to the circus, or taking a vacation. Geraldine Clyne, The Jolly Jump-Ups Journey through Space Geraldine Clyne, The Jolly Jump-Ups Journey through Space (detail). Springfield, MA: McLoughlin Brothers, 1952. Gift of Dr. Daniel J. Mason. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, DC.

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