Having read the reviews I decided to buy these. The illustrations are just beautiful and put the usual kind of basic story start cards in the shade. I bought this set to take to school to help my pupils with creative writing, but my daughters liked them so much they want to keep them so I now need to buy more! A really lovely idea. You could start a story with just one of these lovely cards. There are lots of little objects in each picture so there is so much just in one picture. The cards are a good size and the little questions on the back can help to fire the imagination.