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Picture Puzzler Hardcover – August 15, 1994
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Grade 1-4-As in Color Sampler (Ticknor & Fields, 1993), Westray employs traditional folk-art patterns to deliver her concepts. Here, she looks at optical illusions-all standard, tried-and-true examples-but she gives them excitement and, in some instances, new dimension through her enticing use of color. The illustrations are striking and bright, and the added decorative elements enliven the pages. The layout and ample white space will snare reluctant readers; explanations of the illusions and how they work are adequate, although not detailed. A fresh presentation for young puzzlers.
JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 3-7. Although the main audience for this book will probably be middle-graders, young children and even some older students will flock to the pictures Westray has gathered to illustrate optical illusions. What's nice is that there's nothing (other than perhaps the size of the book) that will drive older children away. The crisp artwork is reminiscent of appliqued samplers in its simplicity of line and color, and the text is minimal, concentrating mainly on helping readers fix their gaze correctly. Curious children won't find enough explanation to clarify the brain-vision connections Westray demonstrates, but they'll have a great time experimenting with the more than 20 color, line, size, and pattern tricks she so nicely displays. Stephanie Zvirin
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