Product Type: VTech baby toys
Newest Review: ... about 5mm thick with the middle 2 pages having tabs to help little ones to open the pages. Both mine were able to open the book and turn th... more
Singing nursery rhyme book
VTech Nursery Rhymes Book
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
VTech Nursery Rhymes Book
Advantages: Introduces nursery rhymes in an interactive way
Disadvantages: It's loud
From when my girls were tiny babies I started to read them nursery rhymes from a big book that they were given. When they'd progressed from falling asleep as I read to starting to take an interest in the pictures I found I needed a book that wasn't paper. This is where the Vtech Nursery Rhymes Book is great, my sister bought it for my girls just before they were a year old although it is suitable from 6 months.
What do you get?
This book is made up of 4 chunky plastic pages each about 5mm thick with the middle 2 pages having tabs to help little ones to open the pages. Both mine were able to open the book and turn the pages at nearly a year old which made it a good toy that they could entertain themselves with. The plastic pages are really easy to clean and unlike nearly every other book they owned at this age this one has no damage.
As you would expect from Vtech this is an electronic toy and as the pages are turned the book sings the first 2 lines of the nursery rhyme. All the words along with lovely illustrations are on each page so you can finish off singing the nursery rhyme. I do think this would work better if the book sang the whole nursery rhyme, this book is aimed at babies who can't talk so they aren't going to be finishing the rhymes off themselves.
The book includes 6 nursery rhymes including favourites such as Humpty Dumpty and the Wheels on the Bus. When a double page is open a red or green arrow light on the spine of the book lights up to indicate which page should be looked at.
The downside for me of this book is how loud it is, great for when baby is playing with it but not so good when they are asleep and you accidentally stand on it! It's also very hard to stop it once it has started singing and I've spent many an occasion trying to muffle the speaker on the bottom of the book.
Price and Availability
This toy is widely available and is currently (December 2012) £9.47 at Argos and Amazon, this includes the 2 x AAA batteries required.
Would I recommend?
Yes, my girls played with this book a lot when they were babies and it still holds their interest now when it gets found in the toy box. It's a good quality toy that engages your little one.
Summary: A good quality electronic 1st nursery rhyme book