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Hide and Snake Hardcover – September 15, 1991

4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A vibrantly striped snake plays hide-and-seek in an array of imaginative locations. He starts off ("Ready or not--here I go!") easily concealing himself among mittens and balls of yarn, then around elaborate hats, a pile of lavishly wrapped presents and napping cats. The spare but engaging verse relates this crafty creature's continueing journey: "I'm frosting the cakes, / ticking with clocks, / melting in ice cream, / and sliding through socks." The socks present perhaps the greatest test to the reader, but generally the same thing gives the elusive reptile away throughout: one round eyeball and a smug smile. In the end, he tricks even the most astute snake-finder with his garden hose ploy. Though simple in concept, this book provides a diverting, entertaining challenge that youngsters will relish. Baker's ( The Magic Fan ) elaborate acrylic designs, variety of lush hues and sly wit provide a feast for the eyes while maintaining the cohesive personality of the book from page to page. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- Using the same vibrant acrylics and meticulous designs found in Magic Fan (1989) and Who Is the Beast? (1990, both HBJ), Baker creates a visual game of hide and seek featuring a rainbow-striped reptile. The playful snake slithers through colorful assortments of yarn, hats, cats, cakes, clocks, socks, baskets, shoe laces , and "many places." Readers are invited to trace the creature's movements through its mosaic adventure--a challenging task since its multichromatic appearance allows it to blend in with the decorative surroundings. A simple rhyming text announces the reptile's destinations. Each new site is portrayed in a bright, boldly outlined double-page spread. Thematically, this title isn't as ambitious or weighty as the artist's earlier efforts, but it is no less successful or delightful. A great choice for those children wanting a little interactive play with their books. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1st edition (September 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152339868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152339869
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 28, 2001
Format: Board book
Hi...my name is taylor I am 7 years old and going into 1st grade. This is by far the best book that I have ever read in my entire life. I highly recommend this book to children around the world.
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Format: Paperback
Our boy Alex loves this book, even at a year and a half old. He frequently picks it out of a stack of books and brings it to us to read to him. We spend a lot of time on each page so that he can find the snake's head. The pictures are beautifully colored and filled with lots of curious details. It is one of the few books that keep him so interested that he often wants us to go through it several times each sitting. I highly recommend this book.
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We got this book from our school library for our 3 year old and he loved it. Unfortunately, his little sister liked it enough to tear a page in it, meaning we needed to replace it for the library. I ordered from Amazon because it was a better price and it was going to arrive sooner than if the school ordered directly, being as we're overseas. Anyway, it's a cute book with artwork that challenges children to pay careful attention to details in order to find the slithery main character. Our son really loves it, and I enjoy reading it with him.
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Such a fun book! All three of my kids enjoyed looking for the snake on each page. The drawings are colorful and interesting. Lots to see on each page. Just enough of a challenge to find our friendly snake. We read it over and over and over....
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Easy enough for the youngest children, this book also provides a nice challenge for older toddlers and preschoolers to find where the snake is hiding. The rhymes make it easy to read and are good practice for little ears. The artwork is interesting and quite detailed. My son, now 3, has had his copy since he was a baby and still loves it.
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This is a pretty book with nice illustrations and short, easy rhymes. I don't think it's that interesting but when I returned a copy to the library I noticed that my 16 month-old daughter kept asking for the "snake" book so I'm going to buy a copy. The illustrations have very similar colors on every page so I think it's a little difficult for kids under two to pick out what's pictured, but as I said, my daughter likes it.
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Format: Paperback
A very colorful snake that has the abilility to hide is some pretty strange and unique places makes this an ideal book to read with your child and join in the game of find the snake. The author and artist Keith Baker does have quite an imagination and does have skill. The colorful snake is hidden in different settings, and the object of the book is to find the snake. the drawings/paintings are extremely detailed. Children do enjoy this one which is a pretty good endorsement for any children's book. The cute and percise rhymes which the text consists of, help the child to develope a feel for word patterns. The book is easy to read and is not at all boring, even after dozens and dozens of readings. The reason for this is the unique places the snake is hidden. With a bit of imagination, an adult can get quite a conversation going using just the background art in this one. this is certainly one you will want to add you your young child's library. Simply a delightful book.
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Format: Hardcover
This book would be good even if it were only the challenge of finding the cleverly-hidden snake in each picture. But on a third read, I noticed that there are some visual gags and subtleties to be found that will keep older readers (like my teenage daughter and myself!) searching the pictures as much as the toddler or small child they're reading to. Keep your eyes open, and read the book again!
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