This is a Rebus book written by Jean Marzollo author of the I Spy books! Rebus is a picture in place of words, The most often used hypothetical example to illustrate the Rebus principle is the representation of the sentence ...I see you... by using the pictures of an eye the sea and a ewe. There is a Rebus key in the front of the book of this story of a Christmas pagent and the Rebus is used throughout the book. Many ancient writing systems used Rebus so it is a fun way to teach young children about history while reading a great book.
A rebus (Latin: "by things") is a kind of word puzzle which uses pictures to represent words or parts of words; for example: H + picture of an ear = Hear, or Here.
The term "rebus" also refers to the use of a pictogram to represent a syllabic sound. This adapts pictograms into phonograms. A precursor to the development of the alphabet, this process represents one of the most important developments of writing.
The writing of correspondence in rebus form became popular in the 18th century and continued into the 19th century. Lewis Carroll wrote the children he befriended picture-puzzle rebus letters, nonsense letters, and looking-glass letters, which had to be held in front of a mirror to be read. Rebus letters served either as a sort of code or simply as a pastime.