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Graceful iconographic zooms direct attention to the location of familiar nursery rhyme and folktale characters, who lie partially hidden in the visuals carefully adapted from the Ahlbergs' picture book (Viking, 1978). Barb Luby's musical score progresses from lullabies for Baby Bunting and flute music for Bo Peep to enhanced scales for Jack and Jill, all of which enrich the mood of the occasion and the fun of the search. With a circular sweep of the camera and a conclusion of the gentle, poetic reading of the familiar verses, this delightful presentation ends at a picnic enjoyed by all the characters. Welcome at story hours, this soothing program sharpens observation skills. Ages 3-6. ~--Nancy McCray
Horn Book Review
The charm of this 'I Spy' tale is diffused through the unfortunately intricate search for the shrunken characters in this new, miniature edition. From HORN BOOK 1992, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
The Ahlberg penchant for playing with nursery characters (Jeremiah in the Dark Woods, 1978) has issue this time in a more traditional, pastoral-pretty nursery book. ""Each Peach Pear Plum/ I spy Tom Thumb,"" reads the first couplet (of what was originally a counting-out rhyme), while opposite Tom sits half-hidden in a tree; ""Tom Thumb in the cupboard/ I spy Mother Hubbard"" shows him in plain sight and--look sharp!--only her posterior, looming in the picture's corner. And so it goes, with a new character named--and cleverly half-concealed--at each of the openings. Youngsters will enjoy spying them out and appreciate their comical faces until at the finale--""Plum Pie in the sun/ I spy. . . EVERYONE!""--they all spring out from concealment and sit down to a picnic feast. Once you've seen it, true, there are no surprises but, for the very young, there's another sort of satisfaction from knowing what's coming next. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.