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Can You See What I See?: Toyland Express: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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Wick\u2019s latest seek-and-find book begins in a toymaker\u2019s workshop, where an unpainted wooden train set
and many other wooden toys and parts can be seen. A rhyme challenges children to find 20 things among
the hundreds of tiny objects. The next 11 double-page spreads follow the toys\u2019 progression as they are
painted, displayed in a shop, received on a birthday, left on a bedroom floor, and repurposed in scenes
involving a snowy mountain, a circus, and a dollhouse. Forgotten in an attic, they reemerge at a yard sale,
receive repairs, and find new life in a toy-land cityscape. Wick\u2019s puzzle design and picture composition
are as masterful as his photography. An appended note offers insight into the book\u2019s subject and
acknowledges the \u201cteam of artists\u201d who contributed to it. The handsome endpapers, depicting the toys in
soft-edged drawings washed with gentle colors, contrast nicely with the bright, crisply delineated photos.
Like other books in the Can You See What I See? series, this book offers practice in visual-discrimination
skills as well as a great deal of fun.
— Carolyn Phelan
Complex seek-and-find images provide an intriguing backdrop for the story of a tenacious toy train.
This latest collection of picture puzzles in the Can You See What I See? series provides a nostalgic glimpse into the life, death and resurrection of a wooden train. The engine huffs from creation to exploration as it races past blocks, around dolls and through miniature villages. There's a vulnerable depth as the once-cherished birthday present is discarded in the dusty attic. Rescued in a yard sale and restored to its former beauty, the vehicle races with new purpose. The text follows a repetitive format as an inviting question encourages the eagle-eyed audience to peruse each page for items strategically placed within. Without effusive description, straightforward rhymes of concealed objects add to the challenge of the hunt. A direct title oversees each expansive double-page spread, and the pace naturally builds to repeated references to the train and its tumultuous journey. Wick plays with similar colors to enhance these expressive camouflaged spreads. Digitally processed photographs capture crisp dimensions with remarkable clarity.
No puzzle here—these well-designed scenes are another success from the picture-challenge master. (Picture book. 4-8)
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This is our first Walter Wick book (won't be the last) and we are simply amazed at how much effort was put into the fantastic story line and how brilliant it is executed. Walter so competently lays out an implied yet clearly understood story line in such a unique manner and provides so much for the parent and child to talk about. Each page is so unbelievably rich... I'm awestruck! Every time we read this book it is a different experience... very few books I've run across can pull this off.
Check out the 'Watch a Book Trailer' on this page for a cool insight into how Walter pulls it all off.
The Toyland Express is a fabulous book for readers ages preK through 2nd, as they take a journey with the Toyland Express from when it's first hand crafted, to it being giving as a gift for a birthday party, played with, stored in an attic, reclaimed, and played with once again. My son's a 1st grader and he loved being able to read the book and looking for the different objects in each picture. This book is the PERFECT gift for train fans. The photography is beautiful, and the story and puzzle search is entraining, as well as engaging. I highly recommend picking this book up this Christmas/holiday season.
Toyland Express is the first Can You See What I See? series book my family has read though we've read many of Wick's I Spy books together. We really enjoyed watching the story of a toy train unfold in the photographs. We also learned about a new-to-us Wick character, a "bead boy" named Seymour! Seymour is a cute character that Wick hides in all the Can You See What I See? books. Perfect for train lovers and all readers that enjoy search and finds!
*Book provided by publisher for review
It can be tricky to find (for example) 7 ice cream cones, as one may be very tiny and hidden in another object, but these toddlers catch on quickly!! Great fun both for adult and child together.
Anyone who's a fan of vintage toys, train sets or even simply has a kiddo who loves to discover new things should pick this up for the season. We will definitely be adding to our collection and I know that the Turkeybird especially is excited to have another chance to discover a brand new world of toys!
Originally reviewed at my site, There's A Book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Grandson enjoys reading these and trying to discover all of the objectsPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful book, especially for a little 2 year old who loves all things trains. He loves it and it's very easy to adapt to different age ranges to match cognitive development.Published 12 months ago by Jay
Our 7 year old granddaughter slept over for two days. Over the course of these two days , she was determined to find all the objects in this \wonderful illustrated photo book.Published 14 months ago by MADDY
My son loves this book! It has vibrant pictures and it is also challenging to try to find all of the objects hidden in the book.Published 16 months ago by s.