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Picture This... Board Book Board book – January 28, 2002

4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

Nostalgic images of a country landscape disguise this picture book's visual complexity. At first glance, nothing seems out of the ordinary. British author/artist Jay provides a set of gorgeous illustrations in the American primitive style, each labeled with a quaint word such as "tortoise" or "umbrella." However, the author has more than a spelling lesson in mind. The sequence begins with the lowercase word "clock" and a picture of the face of a grandfather clock, a pairing that looks easy until "Hickory Dickory Dock" enthusiasts notice the hour (almost one o'clock) and the gray mouse atop the timepiece. Decorative images surround the clock face, alluding to the four seasons and to forthcoming pictures of, for instance, a "snail" and "cat." Later in the volume, a yellow tabby refers back to the opening image of the cat pictured on the clock and also directs readers' attention to new objects, including a fire engine-red "airplane" loop-de-looping in the summer sky. Meanwhile, other visual allusions (to Jack and Jill, for example, and the Tortoise and the Hare) draw on nursery lore. The concluding winter scene, captioned simply "snowman," again recalls the clock and reactivates the book's cycle. Jay sets all the scenes in a seaside orchard among rolling hills; her luxurious palette includes custard colorsDavocado green, robin's egg blue, vanilla white and peachy goldDand the paintings have the crackled surface of antique porcelain. Fans of such brainteasers as David Wiesner's Tuesday and Joan Steiner's Look-Alikes will be charmed by this pictorial puzzler. Ages 2-5. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-With just one word per page, Jay takes readers on a journey through the seasons, beginning with images that decorate a clock on the very first page. Children studying the primitive-style, crackle-glazed paintings will delight in finding the nursery-rhyme look-alikes and other familiar objects. Tiny images on one page become full-sized illustrations on the next. The little snail on a golden leaf in autumn next appears larger than life, sporting an alarmed expression as a menacing red boot-worn by the girl raking leaves in the previous picture-approaches. Viewers' eyes are at once drawn across each page and yet are invited to tarry, studying each scene to find all that is hidden within. One may wonder if the couple running up the sunny hill to fetch a pail of water is the same pair pictured ice skating in a painting on the wall in a Yuletide scene. This unique book is clever enough to engage older children, yet simple enough to be a first wordbook for the youngest readers.
Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; Brdbk edition (January 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525468285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525468288
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
At first glance, Alison Jay's Picture This is a beautifully illustrated book of familiar objects. Her folk art style of strong color and simple lines will appeal to young "book lookers." But look further, study the pictures and subtlties catch your eye. The spotted dog jumps and chases his ball on the page "dog" and appears again, much smaller on the following page, as do the two adults. Look again! The adults are now tumbling down the hill, and the dog's ball is featured on the "ball" page! The adults, the dog, the ball as well as a teddy bear, a plane, a lighthouse and many other objects appear and re-appear, often disgused as tiny details. Young readers will spot them! Adults will search for them! Everyone will enjoy this unusual picture book. A perfect book for sharing.
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One would think that a picture book with only one word per page would quickly become dull, but this book keeps me guessing every time I read it to my 1-year-old. The pictures are beautifully done in folk-art style, and although the main picture is simply labelled, each page has visual references to previous and future pages - I find something new on each reading! Most importantly, my son loves it and it's a great vocabulary builder ("clock", "car", "book", "snowman", etc.). I disagree with the suggested age range: this is a board book and great for babies and toddlers, but the reading level is perhaps too simplistic for 7-8 year olds.
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This is a great book for a variety of ages of children. You can start by reading the little ones this book because there is only one word or label per page, such as "hill" or "snowman". So the ones who are impatient can keep flipping those pages fast as you read! When they get older and learn to read it's a great book to start with, because they can match the word with the picture in the book. And at any age it is fun to examine the gorgeous illustrations. Not only do many of the objects reappear from one page to another, but if you are paying close attention you can watch the progression of the seasons. I loved this book so much I bought it as a gift for a friend, and now we are both hooked on all books with Alison Jay illustrations!
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By H. Norrod on January 20, 2015
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Such a great book! My son loves it and I don't get tired of reading it to him. He is only 18 months old and can practically read it to himself, but as he gets older he enjoys spotting the familiar items in the background. This book has a lovely feeling--cozy, warm, playful, and bright. Even the pictures of a rain storm promise a return to a firelit house, a big soft bed, a purring cat, and pile of favorite books. A great vocabulary builder for babies and toddlers, and, in my opinion, an introduction to the power of art to move the viewer.
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My one year old son loves looking at the pictures of this gorgeously illustrated series. An added bonus, the pictures interrelate to each other ... ie the apple shown on page 1 can be found being eaten by a child on page 5 (not an actual example)
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Actually, I bought three books from the same author, Alison Jay. They are "1 2 3 A Child's First Counting Book", "Picture This ...", and "A B C A child's First Alphabet Book". Both my son, 23-month, and I love these book series.

The author brings us a fabulous world with beautiful images by simple curves and bright colors. You can even smell the fresh air coming from the pictures. Each of the picture looks individually describing a scene, but there is a hidden hint connecting everything together into a sweet story. You need to take sometime to discover the story line gradually by yourself. This is the fun part for me. For example, in the "A B C" book, each page shows an object relating to the letters, "B" stands for "Balloon". You can also find other objects starting with "B", like butterfly, bee, etc. If you put all pages together, you found this book telling a story about a young couple traveling around the world to invite many kinds of animals to build a zoo. This is a beautiful story.

For my son, he really likes to discover and spy on small characters in the books. In the "picture This" book, he is excited to point out hidden cat, dog, and bunny on different pages and telling me what they are doing.

I like these books and would like to explore more books from the same author.
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Very sturdy board book with lots to look out without being overpowering. Each page highlights a scene from the artist's imagination with one word per page. The book's theme is the changing seasons and each page is connected to the next by a pattern, an animal, a person, a book, etc.
It's a great book to just open and start talking about all the different things on each page. Every child will find something of interest in these pages, be it an airplane, a dog, a choo-choo train or a snowman. It'll be fun for you, the adult, to find the common thread on each page.
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One of our favorites. Suitable for a range of ages, probably at least 1-4 y.o., and you won't tire of "reading" this picture book with your child. There are many things to notice, and connections from one page to the next, that create a sort of story line. Kids are delighted when they notice continuity in the images. Well made, sturdy pages, so no worries about it withstanding some use and lots of pointing at the illustrations. Have given this as a baby gift several times.
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