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I Spy: A Book of Picture Riddles Hardcover – April 1, 1992

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I spy... a little baby's footprint, a heart-shaped box, a silver jack, a train track, a comb, a button, a pine cone... and hundreds upon hundreds of other small, interesting objects. Here is the original I Spy picture book, the one that launched the very popular series by rhyme-ster Jean Marzollo and photographer Walter Wick. Each sizeable two-page spread features an assortment of crisply photographed items, along with a rhyming litany that serves as a riddle for readers to solve:

I spy a snake, a three-letter word,
And flying underneath, a great white bird;
Nine gold stars, a blue tube of glitter,
One clay cat, and a six-legged critter.
The beauty of these books, which include I Spy Funhouse and I Spy Gold Challenger, is that when the initial riddle is solved, there are still extra credit riddles in the back, as well as countless other games of varying degrees of difficulty any imaginative parent or child can create. Readers of all ages, distracted by the bright, eye-catching objects, may find the challenge surprisingly difficult, and will delight in finding something new with every reading. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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Following in the footsteps of the Waldo books Where's Waldo and presented in the now-familiar but still arresting Eyewitness Books format, this oversize puzzle book presents a wealth of opportunities for education and entertainment. Dozens of brightly colored objects of all shapes and sizes, some conventional and some not, are scattered helter-skelter across 13 spreads. Balls and skittles spill over racquets; flowers, leaves and stones are set out for a nature picnic; a sandy scene depicts fish, shells and zany sunglasses. A rhyming riddle on each page invites children to dive in and hunt down certain objects, and this is merely the beginning. Variations on the search are limitless, as are the possibilities for learning--colors, numbers, shapes. The challenge is surprisingly great. Excellent, sharp photographic work combined with ingenuity and imagination make this well-conceived book a winner. All ages.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Series: I Spy
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel; Reprinted edition edition (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590450875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590450874
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on March 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I agree totally with the review from the reader saying " this is a MUST have for the home library ". Our home library has every I Spy book. We love these books. I Spy: a Book of Picture Riddles is a great one to start your collection. As my children 10, 8, and 5 started very young with this book. These books encourage your child to think, to learn, and to explore while they do this with fun and enjoyment. I cannot rave about these books enough because each time you open one up you have a new experience. You will enjoy the many hours of entertainment and time spent with your child as well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought several (Marzollo) I Spy books for my son when he was 3. Now he's almost 5 and they are still his favorite. Now, my daughter, age 2, enjoys them also. The books have large pages, each consisting of a big photograph of intricately laid out objects. The pictures are clever enough to be enjoyable to adults as well as children of almost any age. Probably the greatest thing about these books is that they never get old. My son and I still discover things that we never noticed in 2 years of looking at the pictures. Even once you solve the poetic riddles in the books, you can make up your own challenges. I usually read the book with both children at my side and see if they can find the things that I spy. It is easy to give them age appropriate challenges - I will give my son something hard to find and give my daughter something easier.
All the books are great, though you will see the same pages appear in different books. The computer games are also good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My son, who is 2, pours over this book, pointing out things to me. I am always finding something new in the pictures, myself. It is one of his favorite books to sit by himself and look at while I fix dinner, we all love books like this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "grenda" on April 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My daughter, now 10, got this book as a gift when she was about 3, and I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, me or her. It is as much a learning tool as something to enjoy. Children will delight in finding objects they know and learning what new objects are. Great for keeping children busy on long trips. Since receiving this book as a gift, we have made a point to get each new one as it comes out. We have the complete series and are anxiuosly awaiting the next one. Be sure to get the whole series, you and your child won't be sorry!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Francis on August 20, 2001
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My 2.5 year old son loves this. We make up our own stuff to spy and don't really use the riddles(yet). This is kind of similar to his earlier favorite book(My first word book) which I also recommend. They both have taught him many new words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle S on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great for ages KG & up. VERY COLORFUL. GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY. Do know that these are NOT the LARGE HARDBACK BOOKS, these are the smaller paperback books for these prices. Still highly recommend !
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A wonderful idea... actually my daughter picked it out and age 6 she loves to just sit and find things, then becomes so excited when she does :) SOOOO much better than TV, plus kids are learning AND their brains are doing amazing things while they are having a blast so it doesn't seem to them at all that it's good for them :)

If you have any doubts... DON'T . Quite honestly I did, and since I said any book I had to stick to it of course. I can't tell you how delighted I still am. Kids know best sometimes <3

Enjoy your quiet time and also the joy of them finding hidden things. The price is perfect also.
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By ispylover on January 3, 2013
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My son and I have now completed our 'I Spy' collection by purchasing this book. All of these books are wonderful for anyone looking for a challenge. My son is 5, and he can spot most of the hidden objects in this book. If he can't find it, I help him out. Sometimes I can't find things, but this makes it even more fun...we try to think of someone who might be able to help us out (Dad, grandparents, etc.). We are very happy with our purchase!
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