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This is a book my son chooses for himself at the library a few weeks ago and it remains a firm favourite of his so far and we have renewed it this week.
About the book
The board book we have looks slightly different to the one on the dooyoo picture, as ours has a lamb on the front.
Animal Babies on the Farm shows seven young farm animal- pigs, ducks, cows, horses, chickens, goats, and geese. There isn't really a story to the book but it is an introduction to farm animals and what noise they make and the names of the adult and child animal.
As the book progresses you have for example a picture of the rear and tail of a piglet with the words on the opposite page "Oink! Oink! I have a curly pink tail. Who is my mummy?" you then turn the page to find a charming picture of a lovely pink pig with two piglets and the words " My mummy is a pig. I am her piglet." This progress through the book for the various animals till the last double picture which is of a gorgeous horse and her foal with the words "I am a foal. My mummy is a horse. Who is your mummy?"
As I mentioned this is a book my son choose for himself so he has engaged with the book very well and often goes to pick this up of the book shelf for us to read together. I think the reason he choose this particular book was because it has a picture of a lamb on the front and we had recently been to feed some lambs at a farm and he recognized a lamb.
At first my son used to burst into giggles when either myself or my husband would make the animal noises to him and I think this as much as anything enamored the book to him. We have found as we have read this book together that he is gradually learning to say the different names of the animals on the page and will point at them and make the noises now himself. One of the things I love especially about this book is the high quality of the pictures of the animals. The pictures and animals have obviously been choose to reflect a classic image of an animal hence a beautiful round pink pig and a creamy white bearded goat. This I think helps the child recognise the animals instantly and can then make the association between the animals in the book and animals they either see on a farm in my sons case or toy animals that they play with. I personally think this consistency helps with building children's speech. The structure of the books words which encourage the child to turn the page to find the answer also helps them learn how a book works as it were.
I like the words on the last page asking Who is your mummy as my son will often give me a nice big hug and smile at this point to show he knows who his mummy is.
This is a book in a series with other titles such as Animal babies in ponds and rivers, Animal babies around the house. I think we will definitely look out for some more of these from our library. The books are aimed at children between 1-3 years old.
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd; New edition edition (16 Jan 2006)
Amazon are currently selling this for £4.99 but you can get it cheaper from Amazon marketplace
A great book to introduce children to animals with high quality photographs