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      30.11.2009 16:43

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      A great toy for babies and toddlers helps them learn songs numbers and colours

      My children were given this in a bag of toys off a family member and it was in perfect condidtion still and they jumped at it as it looks fun.
      It is very hard wearing -thick plastic-and is shaped like a book but also a butterfly-I think it is. (The body is the spine of the book through the middle that has a happy smiling face and flashing red nose when the book is turned on and also has the buttons on it for the functions-numbers, letters and colours)
      As the pages are chunky it is very easy for little fingers to turn them-when the pages are turned no buttons have to be pressed the book instantly sings-but it can be repeated by using the buttons on the spine of the book.
      The songs are well known nursery ryhmes that also incorporate learning about animals, numbers and colours.
      When opening, the book will sing the nursery ryhme (With a green flashing light above it so you know which song its singing) it will sing both songs unless a button is pressed. If you press a button when the book is on a page it will either:count something on the pages, say a word begining with a,b or c or say the colour of something on the page.
      The age on this toy is 6-36 months and my 2 are in that age group and love this toy still. Thankfully we recieved another as a christening gift so theres no fighting!

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      10.03.2005 13:27
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      My son owns many Vtech toys and I have always found them to be fun and hard wearing. This nursery rhymes book is no exception. I bought it for my son for his first Christmas more than 2 years ago and his little brother aged 8 months is now getting plenty of enjoyment from it.

      Vtech specialise in electronic learning toys, and that can only mean one thing: batteries. This book needs two 1.5V “AAA” batteries, which insert down the spine of the book. There is no “off” switch, other than closing the book. There is also, unusually for a Vtech product, no volume control!

      The book is made from colourful, rigid plastic “pages” attached to a large round spine and measures 7 inches x 5.5 inches. As well as the front and back covers, there are two central pages, which both have a chunky tab attached to help your child to turn the page. The book is aimed at children from around 6 months old, but in my experience, your child will need you to help them handle it until they are more than a year old, as it is quite heavy. However, my sons quickly learnt to turn the pages and to push the two arrows on the spine – more about that later!

      When you open the book, it announces, “Story time” and launches into a tune. Now, I have to say that this is quite possibly the most annoying product in the Vtech range, because it is voiced by a little American girl who sounds as though she may have an adenoid condition. This, combined with the incessant nursery rhymes can make you glad to hear “The End” as the book is closed. Especially on a six hour drive to Cornwall. In fact, I’m fairly surprised that we still have this toy and it didn’t get “accidentally lost” while on holiday! However, it did keep my son absorbed, so I suppose it was preferable to, “Are we nearly there yet?”

      There are 6 nursery rhymes in the book, one on each page. Each has an illustration and the words to the rhyme. Once you have opened the book, you realise what the arrow shaped buttons on the spine are for: the yellow arrow points to the left hand page, and the green arrow points to the right hand page. Push the button once, and the book plays the nursery rhyme tune; press it gain, and it talks. The nursery rhymes, and what the books says, are as follows:

      1. Mary Had A Little Lamb – “Lambs go baa, baa”

      Mary had a little lamb,
      Its fleece was white as snow
      And everywhere that Mary went
      The lamb was sure to go

      2. Pat-a-Cake – “Clap your hands” (applause effect)

      Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man’
      Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
      Pat it and prick it, and mark it with B,
      Put it in the oven for baby and me.

      3. This Little Pig Went to Market – “Pigs go oink, oink”

      This little pig went to market,
      This little pig stayed at home,
      This little pig had roast beef,
      This little pig had none,
      And this little pig cried,
      “wee-wee-wee-wee-wee”,
      All the way home.

      4. Hickory Dickory Dock – “Clocks go tick-tock, tick-tock”

      Hickory, dickory, dock,
      The mouse ran up the clock.
      The clock struck one,
      The mouse ran down,
      Hickory, dickory, dock.

      5. Hey Diddle Diddle – “Hey, Diddle Diddle” (giggle)

      Hey diddle diddle,
      The cat and the fiddle,
      The cow jumped over the moon;
      The little dog laughed
      To see such fun,
      And the dish ran away
      With the spoon.

      6. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

      Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
      How I wonder what you are!
      Up above the world so high,
      Like a diamond in the sky.

      As I am slightly pedantic, I must admit that I would prefer the commentary to be, “Xs say…” rather than “Xs go…”. However, my son loves the rhymes and this was a great toy to play with together to develop his language skills. His favourite rhyme was (and still is) Twinkle, twinkle little star. His little brother isn’t talking yet, but is at the stage where he is just starting to realise that pressing the buttons makes it do something.

      Sadly, this toy doesn’t seem to be available new anymore, but I have seen plenty for sale on Ebay recently. It only cost around £10 new, so if you have the opportunity to pick one up cheaply second hand, I would recommend it; it seems to be virtually indestructible and gives hours of fun – in small doses of course ;-)

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        09.11.2004 13:31
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        I was bought the Vtech Nursery Rhymes Book for my son for Christmas when he was 5 months old and was really pleased as I love Vtech toys as they are hardwearing and educational. This book is suitable for ages 6 months and over so for the first month I had to play it on my own, but once he was able to play with it he loved it.

        The Nursery Rhymes Book is made of a hard red plastic and measures 7 inches x 5.5 inches and there are tabs on each page to make it easier for the little one to turn the pages. On the front it reads: vtech Nursery Rhymes Book and has a picture of a cow jumping over a moon.

        As you open the book it says “story time!” and as you close it, it says “the end”. There are 6 nursery rhymes throughout the book that are played when you press the button by them. They are:

        1 - Mary Had A Little Lamb on a red page with the number 1 in the corner. There is a picture of some children playing with a lamb and the words to the song:

        Mary had a little lamb,
        Its fleece was white as snow;
        And everywhere that Mary went
        The lamb was sure to go.

        There is a yellow arrow pointing to this song, the first time you press it the music to the some play and the second time you press it is says “lambs go baa baa”

        2 - Pat-a-Cake on a yellow page with the number 2 and a picture of a boy and girl playing pat-a-cake and picture of cakes. There is also the wording to the some:

        Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,
        Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
        Pat it and prick it, and mark it with B,
        Put it in the over for baby and me

        There is a green button pointing to this nursery rhyme and the first time you press it plays the music (though I think this one is played rather fast!) and the second time it says “clap your hands” and has the sound of clapping hands – my son always starts clapping his hands at this point.

        3 - This Little Pig Went to Market is on a yellow page with the number 3 in the corner. There are pictures of 3 pigs one crying one eating and one shopping and the words to the song:

        This little pig went to market
        This little pig stayed at home
        This little pig had roast beef
        This little pig had none
        And this little pig cried
        Wee-wee-wee-wee-wee
        All the way home
        (a great time to tickle the baby!)

        There is a yellow arrow pointing to this song the first time you press it, it plays the tune and the second time says “pigs go oink oink”

        4 - Hickory Dickory Dock is on a green page with the number 4 in the corner and has a picture of a cat chasing a mouse and a grandfather clock with mice crawling all over it, it has the words:

        Hickory, Dickory, dock
        The mouse ran up the clock
        The clock struck one
        The mouse ran down
        Hickory, Dickory dock

        The green arrow is pointing to this one and as with all the songs the first time you press it, it plays the tune and the second time it says “clocks go tick tock tick tock”


        5 - Hey Diddle Diddle is on a green page with pictures of all the characters from the nursery rhyme and the words:

        Hey diddle diddle
        The cat and the fiddle
        The cow jumped over the moon
        The little dog laughed
        To see sure fun
        And the dish ran away
        With the spoon

        The first time you press the arrow pointing to this rhyme the tune is played and the second time it says “hey diddle diddle” and they giggles.

        6 - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is the last nursery rhyme in the book. It is on a red page and there is a picture of a little girl and boy looking out of their bedroom window at the stars and has the words:

        Twinkle, twinkle, little star
        How I wonder what you are!
        Up above the world so high
        Like a diamond in the sky

        The first time you press the arrow pointing to this rhyme it plays the tune and the second tine it says “make a wish”

        The best things that I have found about this book are this is has shown do sign of damage as yet even though it has been put to the test on many occasions (being thrown across the room etc), I have found this will all the vtech toys we have had so far. The pictures on each page are all very colourful and eye-catching and the pages are easy to turn. My son is now 14 months old and still has lots of fun with the book and the buttons are great for co-ordination as they are quite small, although for a younger baby they can be a bit tricky to press. This is also a great toy to sit down with your child and play together.

        The only negative things I would say is that as with a lot of musical toys it can get rather annoying after a while! Also some of the songs seem to play really fast so it can be quite difficult to sing along to.

        I think that the sadest thing is that I did not have to check what each page said as I know them all by heart.

        The Nursery Rhymes Book costs £9.99 which I feel is very good value for money, it is available from most toyshops and comes complete with 2 x AAA batteries. The batteries last for ages, the book comes out on a daily basis and we are only on our second set.

        I hope that answers any questions you may have about this toy but if you would like to know anything else please ask.
        Jens x


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          28.09.2001 02:49
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          I purchased this toy as it seemed like it would be good for my son. It seemed it would be easy to manipulate because the pages have tabs that are big enough for little fingers to grasp. He also loves books as evidenced by the many soft baby books he has and how often he plays with them. One key feature that I liked immensely are the strap which allows you to attach it to a crib, stroller or anything for that matter with the exception of a playpen. Ours is mesh and most I have seen are so there is no where to attach it to. Another is that the battery compartment screws in tight so there is no chance of little hands getting hold of the batteries. It takes two triple A batteries but I seem to be changing them constantly. I can always tell when it is low on battery power as the voice sounds incredibly stoned. <smile> This book is also very brightly colored with the main cover being red. The binder is a combination of red, yellow, green and blue. The tabs on the side are only two colors: yellow and green. The pages inside have red, yellow or green for the borders. Each page has a big sticker on it that creates the scene for that page. When you first open the book it says "Let's Sing". This sounds more like "Wet's Sing" and for that I was disappointed. Something I never thought I would say about a VTech toy. The binder also has two arrow buttons on it which are used to play the song for the page it is pointing to. The top button is yellow and the bottom button is green. Page one has Mary Had A Little Lamb. You would press the yellow arrow button to hear the melody. The page also has the words to the poem on it which is good for later when your child starts reading. Page two is Pat-a-Cake. You would press the green arrow to play the melody and the words to Pat-a-Cake are also printed on the page. Also the pages are numbered so this would be good to also teach numbers and co
          unting. Page three is The Little Pig Went to Market. It has a verse from the poem as well as plays the melody. You would press the yellow arrow this time to hear the melody. The graphics are quite cute featuring a scene from the poem/verse that happens to be on that page. One problem I have with it though is that the people don't have noses. <smile> Page four is Hickory Dickory Dock. The melody for this one can be played by pressing the green arrow. It has a picture of a clock with four mice on it and a cat. I have begun to notice a pattern developing in a way. On page two is two children, page three is three pigs, and page four is four mice. I wonder if this was intentional? Page five is Hey Diddle Diddle and you would press the yellow arrow to hear the melody. It has one verse also from the poem. I guess the page number thing was not intentional as page five has six characters on it. Oh well. <smile> Page six is the last page of the book. It has Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The green arrow plays the melody and one verse from the poem is also printed on the page. When you close the book it says "The End". All in all this seemed to be a very durable product. I do wish the batteries lasted longer though. I am a little disappointed now though as it seems to have broken. I emailed Vtech and was just sent a form letter saying I needed to write an email to another address. SIGH.

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            04.05.2001 02:02
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            I purchased this toy as it seemed like it would be good for my son. It seemed it would be easy to manipulate because the pages have tabs that are big enough for little fingers to grasp. He also loves books as evidenced by the many soft baby books he has and how often he plays with them. One key feature that I liked immensely are the strap which allows you to attach it to a crib, stroller or anything for that matter with the exception of a playpen. Ours is mesh and most I have seen are so there is no where to attach it to. Another is that the battery compartment screws in tight so there is no chance of little hands getting hold of the batteries. It takes two triple A batteries but I seem to be changing them constantly. I can always tell when it is low on battery power as the voice sounds incredibly stoned. <smile> This book is also very brightly colored with the main cover being red. The binder is a combination of red, yellow, green and blue. The tabs on the side are only two colors: yellow and green. The pages inside have red, yellow or green for the borders. Each page has a big sticker on it that creates the scene for that page. When you first open the book it says "Let's Sing". This sounds more like "Wet's Sing" and for that I was disappointed. Something I never thought I would say about a VTech toy. The binder also has two arrow buttons on it which are used to play the song for the page it is pointing to. The top button is yellow and the bottom button is green. Page one has Mary Had A Little Lamb. You would press the yellow arrow button to hear the melody. The page also has the words to the poem on it which is good for later when your child starts reading. Page two is Pat-a-Cake. You would press the green arrow to play the melody and the words to Pat-a-Cake are also printed on the page. Also the pages are numbered so this would be good to also teach numbers and co
            unting. Page three is The Little Pig Went to Market. It has a verse from the poem as well as plays the melody. You would press the yellow arrow this time to hear the melody. The graphics are quite cute featuring a scene from the poem/verse that happens to be on that page. One problem I have with it though is that the people don't have noses. <smile> Page four is Hickory Dickory Dock. The melody for this one can be played by pressing the green arrow. It has a picture of a clock with four mice on it and a cat. I have begun to notice a pattern developing in a way. On page two is two children, page three is three pigs, and page four is four mice. I wonder if this was intentional? Page five is Hey Diddle Diddle and you would press the yellow arrow to hear the melody. It has one verse also from the poem. I guess the page number thing was not intentional as page five has six characters on it. Oh well. <smile> Page six is the last page of the book. It has Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The green arrow plays the melody and one verse from the poem is also printed on the page. When you close the book it says "The End". All in all this seemed to be a very durable product. I do wish the batteries lasted longer though. I am a little disappointed now though as it seems to have broken. I emailed Vtech and was just sent a form letter saying I needed to write an email to another address. SIGH.

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            09.11.2000 03:12
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            This was a recent gift to our daughter for her first birthday, and although it has been the second most popular toy (most popular being v-tech sort n go car), I have to say I’m not 100% sure whether I like it or not! This book is a solid plastic book with six pages to turn, showing a different nursery rhyme on each page. When the book is opened the voice says “story time”, then as you turn the pages there are arrows to press and you will either hear the tune of the nursery rhyme, or the voice will say something appropriate to the pictures. When the child closes the book it says “the end”. Unfortunately the voice is american and perhaps this is why the toy is not particularly endearing to me. Also personally I find it a bit annoying after a while, particularly when the child keeps pressing the same button. However, they find it amusing and it has been played with a lot, so the best I can say is to test it out yourself before buying to see if it would annoy you, and if not, then your child is bound to like it so it will get a lot of use.

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            Musical, colourful book with 6 nursery rhymes and turning pages, includes friendly phrases and sound effects. Aims to develop visual, auditory and motor skills.