When I was a little girl, my favorite holiday was Easter. Not because of the beautiful spring flowers, or the chocolate bunnies, or even the basket of goodies that I amazingly found at the foot of my bed on Easter morning. No, it was the Easter egg hunt that was my all-time favorite part of the holiday! In our house, hiding Easter eggs was an art. We didn't let the Easter bunny do this important task — it belonged to my father alone. He spent a long time finding just the right hiding place for each egg. A pale green egg would disappear into a pale green houseplant. A bright yellow egg would become invisible on top of a bright yellow toy dump truck. The reddest of eggs could barely be seen perched in a bowl of fresh, red tomatoes. One time Dad even taped a bright blue egg onto the perch in the bird cage with our bright blue parakeet! I walked by that egg all morning thinking I was seeing my bird, Joseph, and not the egg I was looking for. My Dad knew the secret of creating the perfect hidden picture puzzle.
I thought of those Easter mornings a lot while I was creating the puzzles in this book. It was a real challenge to figure out how to hide a whale in the branches of a tree, or an elephant in a watering can. It was even harder to turn a person's nose into a trumpet, or a girl's head into a teacup! But if you study any picture long enough, the shapes start to look like all kinds of other things. Suddenly a coat sleeve looks like a wrinkled sock, and a flower looks like a butterfly. With a sharp pencil, and a lot of erasing, it is possible to turn folds and creases, hair and petals, fur and flowers into amazing pictures of totally different things — hidden pictures, that you don't really notice until you look right at them.
I hope you enjoy finding all the crazy things that I've hidden for you in The Everything® Kids' Hidden Pictures Book. When you get to the puzzle in the food chapter with the grampa and grandson giggling over the faces they have made with the food on their dinner plates, think of me and my dad. We still do that!