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Usborne 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland - Gillian Doherty

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Gillian Doherty / Hardcover / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 32 Pages / Book is published 2006-01 by Usborne Books

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      20.05.2013 11:52
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      A lovely book for your little fairies

      I am a great fan of Usborne Books and my daughter is a big fan of anything that is pink and based on the general theme of Princesses and Fairies, so when I saw this book on Amazon I thought that it was perfect for both of us! I decided to buy it because it was something a bit different from a normal book and I thought that this would be something that my little girl could do quietly by herself if I was busy.

      I could tell that the book was good quality as soon as it arrived because of the attractive cover with silver detailing and a very tactile padded cover, which I wasn't expecting. The book clearly states the title on the front in fairy-like font proudly proclaiming "1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland". The illustrations appealed to both myself and my little girl with lots of pretty fairy girls and boys dancing and playing in a toadstool and flower covered meadow.

      Inside the book there are 13 double-page scenes all devoted to a different fairy setting, such as the Fairyland Workshop, House Fairies and the Secret Garden to give a few examples. On each page there are a number of different pictures which you have to try and find on the page, for example in the Secret Garden page you have to find 10 bluebells, 5 daisy chains and 7 yellow flower fairies to name a few, the idea being that you have to scan the picture and spot all of the specified things. Some of the items can be difficult to find with them being cunningly hidden in the busy scenes, but some are very close together or big and are easier to find and so better for smaller children. Obviously there is no requirement to find all of the items before moving onto another page, so if your child finds it too difficult then you can move onto another scene.

      I really like this book and my daughter does too. From her point of view it's a fun game of hide and seek and she likes looking at the pretty pictures of fairies and magical goings on. From my point of view, I love that it's something that she can do on her own (she's not the best at playing by herself and so this helps to encourage that) or with me and I think it's great that it's helping her counting and also observational skills. The highest amount of things to spot is 10 and so this is fine for younger children (I think I purchased this for her 3rd birthday). It is equally good for slightly older children as you can use it to ask questions such as "We need to find 5 frog princes and we've found 2, how many more do we need to find?".

      There are a number of books in this range and I am keen to buy some more in the future. This one currently retails for £5.99 from W.H.Smiths and other titles are available for a similar price.

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        24.04.2013 08:11
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        5 stars

        Owning a few of the '1001 Things to Spot' books by Usbourne, my youngest daughter absolutely adores them. This fairy one and the holiday one are particular favourites.

        Initially bought as something to occupy my girls on the long drive down to France last year, she has had endless amounts of use out of this book and doesn't seem to tire of it. On an evening when in bed I always read her a nighttime story. One is never enough and she used to want me to stay in her room and sing her songs or read more stories, but now she just asks for this book and will happily sit in bed with her nightlight on and look for the 1001 things!

        It's a little bit like a basic Where's Wally book except rather than searching for one identical thing / person, each page has about a hundred different things to spot on its busy pages full of magical drawings. Each picture spans a double page and down the side will show you what you need to look for such as ten mice or five fairies. Some of the items are easy to spot but even I struggle to find them all, so it's challenging for them (in a good way!). My daughter always feels a sense of achievement when she completes each page and has found all of the items.

        The book is of a really good quality and is a large hardback but the front and back cover is made with a padded soft material. I have been lucky that I have bought both of mine from a regular book club that comes to my work, for half the RRP of £7.99 but even for the full price, I still think these books are excellent value. After a quick search online, you can buy this book for £2.81 on Amazon, with free postage, but this is for a used book.

        My daughter has just started to learn to read at school, and while she can read me the young readers books she comes home with, she isn't confident enough to start trying to read without an adult with her so this book is perfect for her as it is aided by pictures, but in a more grown up way than a picture book. Under each item to find is the written word of the object so it helps her to associate words with items.

        There are other books available in this range to suit all children, 15 to be exact. These range from holiday to farm, pirates, wizards, things to spot in town, etc. something to capture the imagination of all young children.

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        29.10.2010 22:17
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        An excellent book for young children!

        I was pleased as punch to spot this lovely book in my local charity shop for the princely sum of just £1.50, as I adore Usborne books and so does my book-mad, 20-month old daughter.

        This gorgeous book introduces the basic concept of searching for specific objects in a series of beautiful, girlie, fairy scenes. Each page has a different scene with lots of activity going on, and at the bottom there are a list of things to try to 'spot' including interesting things like greedy goblins, bluebells, fairies splashing, magic arrows and pots of honey!

        My daughter is obviously a bit too too young for this book and I would imagine it's aimed at age three plus, however she adores flicking through it and pointing out words she knows so it is already being used, and will really come into its own when she is a little older.

        The cover is bright pink, a bit sparkly and padded, and each page contains a dazzling collection of pictures, adding up to a challenging and very busy scene to stimulate young minds and imaginations. The scenes include magical ideas like the 'Snow Queen's Ball', the 'Fairy Treehouse' and the 'Secret Garden', all of which are presented as a complex yet intriguing visual story.

        As the objects to be spotted come in different quantities this book is probably really good for helping to teach numbers as well as new words.

        I am really chuffed to have picked this book up at a bargain price as it is excellent quality and a little bit unique as there are not many books like it in the childrens market. It retails at £7.99, but I have seen it available for £5.99 in some book shops.

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          23.10.2010 23:37
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          An enchanting book to be enjoyed again and again

          '1001 Things so Spot in Fairyland' is the first item I have bought directly as a result of Dooyoo reviews.
          I love buying books for my daughter and the whole description of this book captured me straight away.

          The book is exactly what it says on the cover, I suppose it can be described as a spotting/searching book or maybe even puzzle -solving. It is quite a basic concept of looking for a number of things in the pictures.

          '1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland' is very much aimed at little girls, it is very pink and pretty. It has nice sized pages and a padded pink cover both back and front with a lovely fairy scene. Inside are the instructions explaining how you know what you should be looking for. On the next page the scenes begin . . . .

          Each double page is a magical scene from Fairyland, starting with 'Fairy feast', a beautiful but very busy outdoor scene. Under the scene are ten pictures of individual things with a number beside them which indicates how many of each we are looking for. For example here we need to spot ten leaf trays, nine bowls of marshmallows, ten sugar mice, seven paper garlands and one greedy goblin. As I said the scenes are very 'busy' and spotting is not always as easy as it sounds. The other scenes taking you through the magical land are; Enchanted Waterfall, Moon dance, Fairy school, Magic market, Secret garden, Fairy palace, House fairies, Treetop fairies, Fairy tree house, Fairyland workshop and The Snow Queen's ball.

          In addition to everything else you have to find 'Dizzy Rainbow' a new fairy to Fairyland who wants to explore and ends up in every scene needing to be found. The last chapter is called 'Dizzy Rainbow's magic spells' and it asks the reader to go back through the book looking for certain amounts of different ingredients that Dizzy will need for her magic class. Unlike the rest of the book if you become stuck, you can cheat on this because the last page of the book has the answers.

          WHY DO I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH? - well there are a number of reasons; firstly and most importantly my daughter loves it. She has just turned five and not quite reading on her own yet so this book gives her the perfect opportunity to be 'grown up' and go to bed with a book, use it as it should be used and not ask for help. She spends hours looking through with out any need for my input. Words are under the pictures to look for so although she can't read I am sure in time she will recognise the words and their meaning. The pictures are truly delightful and with so much going on you never tire of looking at them as each time something else will come to light. As well as encouraging concentration, finding certain numbers of things helps with practising counting. Because there is no story going on this book can be picked up as and when there is a spare five minutes and then put down again. It is fun to look through together as well as you can have competitions who finds the most first. My daughter makes up her own stories to what she thinks is happening on each page.

          This idea is obviously a successful one as there are many books in this collection. The other 1001 things to spot include; animals, bugs, knights and castle things, monster things, pirate things, things to spot at Christmas, in the sea, in the town, long ago, on the farm. Wizard things, big book of things and the newest 'Thousands of things to spot". There are titles to suit everyone and prices range from £7.99 - £14.99.
          1001 things is by Gillian Doherty and illustrated by Teri Gower. It is
          published by Usorne who are the leading UK independent publishing company. The price on the book is £7.99 but it is available on Amazon for £5.49 at the moment.

          Age wise I think this would be good for anyone three or above up until ten maybe?

          I loved it so much I have now stocked up as I feel they are a great Birthday party present.

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            13.08.2010 19:39
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            A top-quality, engrossing puzzle book.

            I always like to get my kids in bed a bit early, so they can wind down and read to themselves before lights out, and on busy days it's often the only chance they get to read a book.

            But you're either a bookworm or you're not and there's no point forcing the matter, so when my daughter refuses to read it's really handy having a puzzle book or similar to fall back on. She's really enjoyed these Usborne 1001 Things to Spot books.

            There's loads in the series and they all follow the same formula. This fairy one has fourteen double pages, each showing an intricate scene set in Fairyland, and around the edge of the main pictures are little items that you need to spot.

            The first page for example shows a fairy feast, where a huge tree stump is laden with all kinds of dishes, surrounded by woodland creatures and busy fairies serving food, enjoying the party or getting up to mischief. You have to find nine bowls of marshmallows, ten sugar mice, nine blackberry tarts and so on - apparently there really are a thousand and one things to spot in the whole book (I've never doublechecked!) - so you can imagine it takes a while to complete a page.

            The other pages follow a similar theme but are different enough to stay interesting: there's a Fairyland workshop, the Snow Queen's ball, the Magic Market and so on. The pictures are really fun, with a wealth of detail and all kinds of activity going on, so they're great just to look at as well as for spotting.

            As a bit of extra interest there's a particular fairy to spot on every page, and when you finally get to the end of the book there's a whole extra page of items to find for her. There's an answer page at the back but it only says where these extra things are; there's no solution for any of the other puzzles, which I guess is fair enough as there's so many things hidden it would probably be impossibly jumbled.

            This book - like the whole series - is enormously enjoyable and stands being read many times over. Recommended for all ages.

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              26.03.2010 22:58
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              All little girls love fairies and all little girls will love this book!

              My four year old chose this book in the library six weeks ago and weve renewed and kept it ever since!

              THe Usbourne 1001 Things to spot in Fairyland is a fantastic pink, busy A4 sized hard back but cushioned covered book.
              It forms part of a 13 book series of Usbourne 1001 Things to Spot and is by far the most girly.

              THe book consists of 32 pages and 13 scenes. Each scene is a double page spread depicting a type of fairyland or activity.
              Fairy feast
              Enchanted waterfall
              Moon dance
              Fairy school
              Magic market
              Secret garden
              Fairy palace
              House fairies
              Rainbow fairies
              Treetop fairies
              Fairy treehouse
              Fairyland workshop
              The snow queens ball .

              Now each scene is a really busy picture. Colourful and eyecatching there is plenty to talk about and look at but the aim is to find the list of hidden things to find within the picture which range from strawberries to fairies, butterflies to bluebells.
              All in all, yes youve guessed it, there are 1001 things to find.

              Illustrated by Teri Gower, this book is colourful, bright and cheerful. It is difficult to put down once you have commenced searching!

              I bought my daughter the Wheres Wally books for christmas and we find them frustrating and they make us cross-eyed but these really are a delight and far better suited to her age range. I believe that they are helping with her concentration, reading and counting all whilst having fun!

              MY four year old loves this activity book and mummy has never known her so quiet for so long. THe crafty little madam is even offering to go up to bed alone only for mummy to catch her half an hour later under the bedcovers with this book. In this household it seems to have replaced 'tv' time and my daughter will ask for this book instead of her beloved Charlie and Lola!

              We perhaps know this particular book by heart now but I will definately be looking to invest in some of the other books in the series, the likes of which include animals, pirates, wizards and the sea to name just a few.

              Each book retails at £7.99 but are available at m & s or Amazon for around the £5 mark and of course in all good libraries free of charge for a limited time!

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                12.03.2010 20:46
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                Great fun!

                We always like Usborne books in our house as they are always good quality and have lots of interesting things for children to do. For her recent fifth birthday, my daughter has just acquired another new favourite - 1001 Things to spot in Fairyland - which really is a must for any pink loving and fairy loving five year old!

                Before you even start turning the pages you have to stop and admire the cover which is hard but padded and therefore has a lovely feel. There is an enchanting picture of fairies doing lots of lovely things, and a good indication of what this book is all about because even on the front cover there are a number of challenges! If your little girl looks hard enough she should be able to spot:

                9 fairies with blue wings
                4 glow-worms
                2 snails
                7 toadstools
                1 shell trumpet
                and 3 pixies!

                This idea is the basis of the entire book as each beautifully illustrated double paged spread comes with its own set of challenges. I haven't actually counted but it does say that altogether there are one thousand and one things to spot - hence the title.

                Each fairy challenge is set in a different location and your child could either go through these in order or just dip into the ones that appeal at the time. These include places such as Fairy School, House fairies, Fairyland Workshop and The Snow Queen's Ball. There are many more but I am sure that you get the idea! In each challenge the objects that you have to spot in the pictures always fit into that general theme. For example, at the Magic Market, you have to spot a number of flying carpets, magic lamps, rainbow cauldrons and other similar items that are being sold on the market stalls. However, at the Enchanted Waterfall the challenge is to find things such as flying fish or fairies washing their hair. There are some quite funny ideas in some of the pictures.

                The pictures that have to be searched are cartoon type drawings which all have a tremendous amout of detail. Some are very busy and this makes it quite a challenge to find everything that you are asked to especially as sometimes the objects are scattered all over. It wouldn't be that much fun though if it was too easy! In each challenge the number you have to collect is shown very clearly and there are always small pictures around the outside showing exactly what you have to look for so this does help when it gets very difficult. There is also a character called Dizzy Rainbow who features all the way through and that is an additional challenge to always find her.

                Both my daughters love this book and they will spend hours poring over the brightly coloured pictures. They love finding the different objects and they are always well chuffed when they do. This type of book also helps them to look at things very carefully and also to be a bit patient! I think that it is a wonderful book and even I like the challenge of trying to find everything. You can also set a time challenge when the book is a bit more familiar and see whether they can find all the items within a given time. My older daughter loves doing this.

                The book which is just a bit smaller than A4 sized contains fourteen different challenges and there are also the answers at the back if you get really stuck. It only has a RRP of £7.99 which I think is excellent value and we definitely recommend it!

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