Once Upon a Time: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve (Can You See What I See? Series)

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Photographic search-and-find fun--especially for preschoolers! From bestselling author/photographer Walter Wick.

From the photographer of the bestselling I Spy books, Can You See What I See? Once Upon a Time is a rhyming, search-and-find picture book--especially for preschoolers! Twelve fascinating compositions depict favorite fairy tales, folk tales, and classic stories where readers can use the picture clues to search for dozens of intriguing...

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Overview

Photographic search-and-find fun--especially for preschoolers! From bestselling author/photographer Walter Wick.

From the photographer of the bestselling I Spy books, Can You See What I See? Once Upon a Time is a rhyming, search-and-find picture book--especially for preschoolers! Twelve fascinating compositions depict favorite fairy tales, folk tales, and classic stories where readers can use the picture clues to search for dozens of intriguing hidden objects in a far, faraway land filled with toys!

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Booklist The most familiar, fairy-tales' worlds are the settings in Wick's latest seek-and-find book. As in previous titles in the Can You See series, each meticulously constructed, double-page spread features a crisp photo (here the images have been digitally manipulated) of a scene filled with miniatures, and the accompanying, rhyming text offers a list of objects to search for in the picture. The fairy tales will be instantly recognizable in scenes of the Three Bears and their cottage, Puss and Boots on the road, Cinderella on the palace steps, and so on. Children will delight in pouring over the images, finding new things to look at even after the text's game becomes too familiar. A final scene, which mixes the characters into one chaotic world, breaks down boundaries by featuring some of the artists' tools in the picture's corner. Like others in the series, this should offer lots of interactive fun. –Gillian Engberg
Publishers Weekly
Favorite characters and series come to the fore this fall. Walter Wick transports readers to a fairytale realm in the latest addition to his paper-over-board Can You See What I See? series, Once Upon a Time. Those waiting for pigs to fly can witness the Three Little Pigs, sent airborne by the wolves huffing and puffing; a stunning underwater scene for The Little Mermaid, and a closing "Ever After" spread that reunites the characters from the previous pages-some more happily than others. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Mary Loftus
This book contains twelve "picture puzzles to search and solve" based on classic fairy tales. The author created three-dimensional sets, each depicting a dramatic moment from the story. The sets were then photographed and digitally enhanced to create each vibrant, two-page color spread. Readers can hunt for a golden fan and a spinning wheel, among other items in a scene from Sleeping Beauty. The witch's cottage in Hansel and Gretel is updated with gummy worms and red licorice, as the witch spookily beckons before a graham cracker door. Apparently The Little Mermaid has reached fairy tale status; it is the only newer tale among other classics like Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks, and Rumpelstiltskin. Not all items are easily spotted, so this is a book that could take some time to enjoy. Readers are sure to return to the fascinating and detailed pictures over and over in this fun twist on classic stories.
Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Using three dimensional objects to fashion scenes from eleven classic children's stories, Wick created vivid photographs with "hidden" elements for children and their parents to search out. Each scene represents a pivotal moment in a tale that should be familiar to children; the text on each page begins with the words: "Can you see what I see?" The child is then challenged to find a number of objects on the page, parsed together in a clever rhyme. The rhyme invariably ends with the object of the tale, giving young children at least one object that is obvious and simple to locate. Each photo is arranged with many more details than those found in the poem, allowing parents and children the opportunity to spend time gazing at each, naming the many objects they can identify. The colors are vivid, the pictures crystal clear, and the elements found on each page also allow readers to share more than the text found on the page. Using the picture as a backdrop, the entire story can be told and retold. A beautiful book that will be a welcome addition to any home library.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4
Wick continues the successful formula used in Can You See What I See?: Dream Machine (Scholastic, 2003), this time tackling fairy tales. Each of the 12 spreads depicts a dramatic moment from a particular tale, accompanied by a rhyming sidebar that tells children what to search for and gives a plot element or two from the story. The rhyme for "Steadfast Tin Soldier" concludes with "a steadfast soldier,/standing so smart,/and a lovely dancer/who's stolen his heart." Each scene is crammed with delightful details that will be a pleasure to examine while hunting for the specified items. A few of the tableaux are a little on the dark side, but individual elements are sharp and clear. An author's note explains how the pictures were created.
—Grace OliffCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439617772
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Can You See What I See? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 255,409
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Beautiful! Engaging.

    This is a wonderful way for children to pass the time with what I like to call "push-ups for your brain". We own a few books in the series and they are great for rainy days, roadtrips, and sitting with grandparents for some special time. My 9 and 12 year old still find them engaging and we have used them since they were first published. Ultimately, they are great for all ages... even me! AS A SIDE NOTE: I would highly recommend the "Can You Find It?" series that uses famous works of art as their pictures. This series is a wonderful way to sneak some culture into kids' lives without them being the wiser!

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Grandkids love these books. They can spend hours on end looking for the hidden treasures on each page, loads of fun!

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Kids love this

    My 4-year-old is obsessed with these books. My 6-year-old and 2-year-old also really like them. We had "The Night Before Christmas" version and I really wanted to get them this for Christmas. This one is also beautiful and fun. They don't necessarily find the things that are listed by the author, sometimes they challenge each other to find little things they see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I love these books

    I love the I Spy and Can you See what I See books, my son loves them, they keep us busy and its great to go over at bedtime. It's a nice quiet project.

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