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Product details

  • Hardcover: 35 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545244838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545244831
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 1 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Booklist Advanced Review, November 2011:
Wick's latest seek-and-find book begins in a toymaker's workshop, where an unpainted wooden train set
and many other wooden toys and parts can be seen. A rhyme challenges children to find 20 things among
the hundreds of tiny objects. The next 11 double-page spreads follow the toys' progression as they are
painted, displayed in a shop, received on a birthday, left on a bedroom floor, and repurposed in scenes
involving a snowy mountain, a circus, and a dollhouse. Forgotten in an attic, they reemerge at a yard sale,
receive repairs, and find new life in a toy-land cityscape. Wick's puzzle design and picture composition
are as masterful as his photography. An appended note offers insight into the book's subject and
acknowledges the "team of artists" who contributed to it. The handsome endpapers, depicting the toys in
soft-edged drawings washed with gentle colors, contrast nicely with the bright, crisply delineated photos

Booklist Advanced Review, November 2011:
Wick\u2019s latest seek-and-find book begins in a toymaker\u2019s workshop, where an unpainted wooden train set
and many other wooden toys and parts can be seen. A rhyme challenges children to find 20 things among
the hundreds of tiny objects. The next 11 double-page spreads follow the toys\u2019 progression as they are
painted, displayed in a shop, received on a birthday, left on a bedroom floor, and repurposed in scenes
involving a snowy mountain, a circus, and a dollhouse. Forgotten in an attic, they reemerge at a yard sale,
receive repairs, and find new life in a toy-land cityscape. Wick\u2019s puzzle design and picture composition
are as masterful as his photography. An appended note offers insight into the book\u2019s subject and
acknowledges the \u201cteam of artists\u201d who contributed to it. The handsome endpapers, depicting the toys in
soft-edged drawings washed with gentle colors, contrast nicely with the bright, crisply delineated photos.
Like other books in the Can You See What I See? series, this book offers practice in visual-discrimination
skills as well as a great deal of fun.
-- Carolyn Phelan


Kirkus Reviews, June 2011:
Complex seek-and-find images provide an intriguing backdrop for the story of a tenacious toy train.

This latest collection of picture puzzles in the Can You See What I See? series provides a nostalgic glimpse into the life, death and resurrection of a wooden train. The engine huffs from creation to exploration as it races past blocks, around dolls and through miniature villages. There's a vulnerable depth as the once-cherished birthday present is discarded in the dusty attic. Rescued in a yard sale and restored to its former beauty, the vehicle races with new purpose. The text follows a repetitive format as an inviting question encourages the eagle-eyed audience to peruse each page for items strategically placed within. Without effusive description, straightforward rhymes of concealed objects add to the challenge of the hunt. A direct title oversees each expansive double-page spread, and the pace naturally builds to repeated references to the train and its tumultuous journey. Wick plays with similar colors to enhance these expressive camouflaged spreads. Digitally processed photographs capture crisp dimensions with remarkable clarity.

No puzzle here--these well-designed scenes are another success from the picture-challenge master. (Picture book. 4-8)

About the Author

Walter Wick is the photographer of the bestselling I Spy series as well as the author and photographer of the bestselling Can You See What I See? series. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Connecticut.


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These are a great series of books and currently the first choice of a 4 year old and hold his attention on repeat visits. Being American there are a few words that need translating e.g. car bonnet for hood, tap for faucet etc, but in a way that is not a bad introduction at an early age to the idea of language. On my way to acquiring the complete series.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 44 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all ages. 26 Mar. 2017
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Love the progression of the "story." Best time of the day... Can You See and a bedtime story!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book 31 May 2017
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for my 4 year old train obsessed grandson. He loves it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun For All Ages - Hidden In Plain Sight 4 Oct. 2016
By Natalie Diamond - Published on Amazon.com
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Walter Wick again creates a visually stunning book. This book was purchased for a 5 year old who LOVES hidden picture books. He said this was even more fun because the items weren't always hidden but weren't always easy to find.
5.0 out of 5 stars Both the adults and kids in our household love the Walter Wick books 18 Jan. 2017
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Both the adults and kids in our household love the Walter Wick books.Challenging puzzle book yet also very creative scene construction, crossing the border into being artwork. We will eventually own them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great author 8 Jun. 2013
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Lots of exciting things to see - every time you read it, there's new things to explore. I loved it - my wife says I like reading it to my kids simply because I like looking at all the pictures.
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