Look-Alikes: Christmas
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Look-Alikes: Christmas

by Joan Steiner, Ogden Gigli

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Simple verses challenge readers to identify the everyday objects used to construct nine three-dimensional Christmas scenes, including a cathedral, Nutcracker ballet, and Santa's workshop.


Simple verses challenge readers to identify the everyday objects used to construct nine three-dimensional Christmas scenes, including a cathedral, Nutcracker ballet, and Santa's workshop.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eagle-eyed readers rejoice! There's more to Christmas than meets the eye in Steiner's latest Look-Alikes collection of astounding 3-D assemblages. Cauliflower florets, coin wrappers, pretzels, buttons, mouse traps and dog biscuits are among the objects that comprise the intricately constructed scenes photographed here. A minimum of 100 objects makes up each of the nine settings (e.g., transporting the audience to a performance of the Nutcracker ballet, Santa's workshop and an ornate cathedral where readers seem to stand before its stained-glass windows), and avid fans will want to seek them all. Instructions for making gift-worthy look-alikes at home, an extensive "answer key" to identify the various items throughout, and a behind-the-scenes q&a with Steiner conclude this eye-popping volume. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Three-dimensional artist Joan Steiner has created miniature tableaux that beg to be looked at and talked about during the holidays. For instance, there's grandma in her kitchen baking up a bunch of biscuits on her old woodstove. But wait, the stove is an antique black letterbox on its side, the pots are empty aluminum candle inserts, her apron is a dollar bill and is that the Farmer's Almanac forming the front of the cupboard? Other scenes include a cross-section of a doll house, Santa's workshop, the Nutcracker, and New Year's Eve. There's less to look at here than in Jean Marzallo's "I Spy" series, but the book includes extras the "I Spy" series doesn't, such as three baking ideas to make "look-alikes," an interview and peek behind the scenes at how the author does it, and a list of the items used to make each scene. Somewhat inanely, the author suggests children count the objects used to make the look-alikes, with three rules for counting that is sure to frustrate even as it attempts to clarify. Skip counting and instead, use this book as fun to share, talk about what you notice, try a recipe or two, and collect from the drawers and toy box all of those miniature objects you've picked up as birthday favors, at fast-food restaurants, or have long ago lost the games they belong to, and create your own scene in miniature to enjoy during the holidays. 2003, Megan Tingley Books/Little Brown, Ages 4 to 8.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Steiner continues her popular series in which simple verses challenge readers to identify thousands of everyday objects on oversized spreads. What is unique and delightful is that the everyday objects are playing new roles in these photographed vignettes: a loaf of bread is a tunnel, long human hair is a curtain, kidney beans are fireplace bricks, a bar of soap is a footstool. The nine assemblages include scenes from The Nutcracker, grandma's kitchen, and New Year's Eve. Steiner also offers instructions for making ornaments and edible treats, and an interview in which she answers such questions as, "What is the most unusual thing you've ever used?" (Deer vertebrae; a hand grenade). In both presentation and delivery, this is clever, ingenious, and fun both for readers and nonreaders, and for sharing or for browsing alone.-M. W. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Look-Alikes Series
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Joan Steiner is a graduate of Barnard College and a self-taught artist. Her two previous Look-Alikes books have sold more than one million copies and been published in sixteen countries around the world. Ms. Steiner is the recipient of numerous art and design awards, including a Society of Illustrators Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

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