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HOLIDAY HIDDEN TREASURES; HIDDEN PICTURE PUZZLES

Author: Liz Ball

Illustrator: Liz Ball

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Publisher: Hidden Pictures,

Material: paperback

Summary: This collection of 56 seek-and-find pictures covers holidays, big days (e.g., birthday) throughout the year. This is an I Spy type book that lets you color the pages.

Type of Reading: independent reading, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Age of Child: Shared with 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child would work on a page for a little bit, but then walk away. She was more interested in coloring the pages than finding the items.

Adult Reader Reaction: We thought this would be a great book to share, because our child loves to color AND likes to play I Spy. We enjoyed finding the objects, but admit that it wasn't always easy. We also liked that it was something that you could bring out/put away throughout the year.

Pros: This seek-and-find coloring book offers children a chance to explore books with hands-on activities. You don't have to know how to read to have fun with the book.

Cons: The amount of detail on some of the pages is a little overwhelming, making it difficult to find items.

Borrow or Buy: Given the type of book this is, borrowing is not an option. It is a worthwhile buy if your child likes to do I Spy, seek-and-find, or coloring activities.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TROLL BLOOD   THE GREAT CITY SEARCH (Usborne)   SNOWMEN AT NIGHT

Educational Themes: It is important to remember that reading isn't always about words. One way to help children learn how to discern letters (a "b" from a "d" for example) is to use pictures that help draw an item from a collection, or recognize differences between things. This book lets them do just that ... and color, too.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, puzzles

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2007

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