“ Genre: Junior Books / Board book / 10 Pages / Book is published 2008-06-02 by Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd „
This is a board book for young children with pull out animals. It's quite a big book, a sort of inbetweeny size for childrens books, the page size being roughly 21 cm squared. It belongs to the DK award winning 'Touchables' series.
Each double page spread focuses on an animal. On the left side is a photograph and a little rhyme that tells you something about the animal eg; "Zebra foals soon learn to walk and trot. And when they gallop, they go clippetty-clop!" On the page facing is pull out version of the animal which has a 'touch-and-feel' part, usually a bit of fur, and there are a few more bits of text and surrounding detail. Using the zebra as an example there are plant pictures, grass and the words 'lots and lots of stripes!' and 'Let's lift out this zebra foal and stroke her black and white fur.' Behind the pull out are the words 'stripy zebra foal'.
The pull outs are easy for a child to get out and stay in quite well when replaced unless they have been bent or broken in the meantime! It could be considered a cross between a book and a first, very simple jigsaw. The blurb on the back calls it sensory learning -"Touch-and-feel pop-out pieces encourage recognition of colours, matching skills, and manual dexterity in young children"
Having just picked up my daughters book to look at while I write this review I see the zebra foal has gone astray but the rest of the animals are in place, although the baby rhino is displaying signs of having survived a toddler attack and falls out as I turn the page, perhaps as a result of the reader being encouraged to make it stomp along - stomp!stomp! stomp! says the text. The other animals are a harp seal pup, a tiger cub and a baby koala joey on its mother's back. Ah, I now recall the zebra foal was taken upstairs at bedtime due to a reluctance to relinquish it on the part of my daughter!
I find there to be a slight although unimportant discrepancy between the book's cover and the animals inside: the cover animal is a furry tiger and also featured on the cover are tiny chimpanzees, giraffes, zebras and rhino's but there are no chimps or giraffes inside. This makes me wonder whether there was a rethink as to the animals being used as you would expect the animals on the cover to be featured inside. No matter though, as this has no effect on the enjoyment my one year old takes from this book.
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (2 Jun 2008), 10 pages, Cover price £5.99, currently available on Amazon for £4.79.