Robert Sabuda at the 25-year celebration for the Mazza Museum, the world’s first and largest teaching museum devoted to literacy and the art of children’s picture books.
From Dave Steakley, Producing Artistic Director:
As a kid, Santa always filled my stocking with a Lifesavers candy book, gold foil covered chocolate coins, and a “surprise ball,” that would unravel into yards and yards of brightly colored crepe paper before arriving at the tiny toy inside!
My favorite gift was a new pop-up book; I can get lost for hours in the magical, imaginative paper displays which come to life as you turn each page.
Michael Raiford’s new Rockin’ Christmas Party set, on stage in this year’s Rockin’ Christmas Party, is inspired by those delicious winter wonderland pop ups, particularly the frosty white cutouts created by Robert Sabuda.
My most treasured pop-up book is Galileo’s Universe. It was given to me by beloved ZACH actress and Austin legend Karen Kuykendall, during her final Christmas. On the first page is a shuttered window, and when you open the shutters, the universe is revealed.
Galileo's Universe - By J. Patrick Lewis and Illustrated by Tim Curry.
Thinking of Karen always conjures Auntie Mame, who knew we needed a little Christmas, right this very moment: “Wake up every morning and pull aside the shutter, And promise me that these’ll be the first words that you utter: Open a new window, travel a new highway that’s never been tried before; Before you find you’re a dull fellow punching the same clock, walking the same tight rope as everyone on the block. The fellow you ought to be is three dimensional, soaking up life down to your toes. Whenever they say you’re slightly unconventional, just put your thumb up to your nose, and show ‘em how to dance to a new rhythm, whistle a new song, toast with a new vintage. The fizz doesn’t fizz too long. There’s only one way to make the bubbles stay. Simply travel a new highway, dance to a new rhythm, open a new window every day!”
I am reminded of the opportunity for discovery that window symbolizes — a new year, when we shake off the old habits, and invite the new.
Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a reNEWal Year!