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. Volume XIII Number 17 . . . .April 13, 2007
Most readers have likely already encountered one of more of the excellent "I Spy Books." This time, Wick uses traditional literature as the basis for his thematic "search & find" texts and photos. Specifically, the tableaus depict a critical moment taken from the following stories: Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Goldilocks, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Steadfast Tin Soldier, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin, and Cinderella. Consequently, the opening Three Little Pigs photo finds the two pigs who had made their houses from straw and sticks flying through the air, accompanied by various objects and bits of debris as the wolf continues to huff and puff. Other examples include Hansel and Gretel's having just arrived at the open door of the witch's ginger bread house while Goldilocks is seen fast asleep in Baby Bear's bed as the trio of returning bears can be observed through the cabin's window. As midnight approaches, Cinderella, sans a slipper, is seen dashing down the castle's staircase to her waiting pumpkin coach as the Prince runs after her.
In addition to the 11 photos connected to specific tales, a concluding twelfth photo, entitled "Ever After," contains object elements from all 11 tales. The book's closing pair of pages contain an "About This Book" and "About This Author" sections. The object-filled photos truly capture the flavour of the tales to which they are connected. The book provides an excellent review for those who have already met these stories, and it certainly should entice those who don't know them to seek them out.
Dave Jenkinson teaches in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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