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Kitchen Table Reviews: Dr. Seuss PuzzleStory: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

The KTR crew tackle a puzzling twist on a children's classic.

By Mir Kamin | August 7 , 2009
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Dr. Seuss PuzzleStory: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

My children currently have a 1,000-piece jigsaw going. We have a designated puzzle table, and they can leave it set up and work on it here and there as they please. I love it, because occasionally they forget it’s there and then—oh, happy day—they’ll remember and spend hours working on it together in silent bliss. Reading is wonderful, too, but the puzzle they work on together. And that makes this mama’s heart happy.

 

Me: You two have always loved puzzles, even from when you were little. I know these puzzles are a little young for you, but I thought you’d be good at reviewing them because you like puzzles so much.

Daughter: Honestly? Even though these were too easy for me, they were really fun to put together. I love Dr. Seuss, and I used to love love love One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, so it was fun to see the different pictures I’d forgotten about because I haven’t read the book in so long.

Son: I think little kids would love all these colors. Like, for the same reasons that the pictures in the Seuss books are fun. And with the puzzles, you have four of them here, but each one has a different color border and back, so you can separate them out if they get mixed up.

Me: I like how this looks like a book, but then it’s a puzzle case. I thought that was clever.

Daughter: Yeah, but someone might be disappointed if they got this thinking it was the book and then just found puzzles.

Me: What about if someone gave this as a gift at a birthday party or something with the book? Would that be a neat gift for a kid, and somehow more “fun” than just a book?

Daughter: Definitely.

Son: I think books are fun.

Me: I know, honey. Okay, so, for what ages would this be good? It says 3 and up. Do you agree?

Son: Yeah, that sounds good.

Daughter: I think maybe 3 to 5 or 6? There’s 24 pieces in each puzzle. But I have a question.

Me: Okay.

Daughter: It claims to have “loads of zany activities” included. But the little booklet inside just has a couple of other activities. I mean, besides the puzzles themselves.

Son: Yeah. And they’re not very zany.

Me: And I probably wouldn’t call that “loads,” either. Huh.

Son: It’s still a really neat set! I like it.

Daughter: Me, too.

 

Pros: Four puzzles together in one compact and clever case. Everyone loves Dr. Seuss. Sturdy enough for small hands, but more big-kid than a wooden puzzle.

 

Cons: Doesn’t really have “loads of zany activities” as it claims. If you don’t shut it quite right, you pick it up and all the pieces fall out. The pieces come attached in pairs, and the impatient will become annoyed.

 

Dr. Seuss PuzzleStory: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish gets three thumbs up and lots of puzzle memories from our kitchen table.

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