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ANOTHER ADDITION TO A GREAT SERIES OF ACTIVITY BOOKS...Folks, this work is fascinating.
on July 6, 2011
These look-alike puzzles by Joan Steiner absolutely fascinate and delight me at the same time. You can hand a child one of these books and she or he will be occupied for hours. I have certainly spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out some of here look alike puzzles in the past and working through them with children.
The work being reviewed here is of the same quality as the author's past work, which is to say that it is outstanding. Her three dimensional photographs are sort of like mini works of art in their own right. Each scene is hand crafted in the artist's studio, photographed, rearranged by someone with a very crafty mind and who is quite attentive to detail. If I am not mistaken, this is the fifth in this series.
The author/artist has given us some good challenges. I might say right now that these books are targeted for the 4 through 8 age group, but I can assure you that age has nothing to do with it. Some of these activities will challenge the adult as much as they will the child. This book not only offers look alike pictures to examine, but also pictures where the reader is asked to name a number of items that are the same, rather than different which I feel is a nice twist.
With each activity you are told what you must seek, such as 50 look-alikes, or 12 differences, as an example. Some of these are easy, some of these are difficult. The number of goals in each activity varies.
The author has used different scenes ranging from those in a typical house to amusement parks, street scenes, construction sites, farms, villages and zoos. There are over 900 look-alikes in this work.
The author has provided a well designed key for each activity which is located in the back of the book.
This is an ideal work to hand to a kid on a rainy day or on a car trip. It is the type of work that more than one child can use at the same time without difficulty and as a matter of fact, it is often times even more fun to work these puzzles out with a friend or sibling, than it is alone.
Each puzzle or activity has simply directions provided so the users know precisely what has to be done or accomplished.
From a leaning aspect, I cannot think of a better way to quietly teach a child to observe, observe and observe. The skills taught in this work and others in the series, can be carried over into just about ever aspect of the child's life. Learning, developing skills and having fun doing it...can it get any better than this?
These are nice books and I do feel this is the best one so far. There is a lot of entertainment packed into this work and the buyer and user will most certainly get their monies worth.
As I said before...I love these books!