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Genre: Junior Books / Rag Book / 6 Pages / Book is published 2002-10-25 by Macmillan Children's Books

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      16.04.2012 13:13
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      A great first book for baby's collection

      The Faces book was one of the gifts I received for my baby when I had a baby shower last year. It was one of the first toys my son saw, touched and played with. Now he is 11 months old it is still in his toy box.

      - The Book -
      Faces is a book designed to be baby's first book. It is approximately 10 cm tall and 10 cm wide. It is a soft book with four thick padded pages that contain plastic that scrunch and crackle when touched. The colours of the book are black white and yellow. The book has a yellow ribbon with Velcro on it which means it is very easy to attach the book to a car seat or buggy. The front cover displays the title "Faces" and has a circle mirror, outlined in yellow. The background is a black and white swirly pattern and there are three faces, a man, woman and baby. The first page is black with nine white and yellow hearts. Page two is white with a black outline of a man's face and the word Daddy. Page three is a black and white stripy pattern with little yellow hearts. Page four is black with a white picture of a woman and the word Mummy. Page five is a yellow, black and white pattern of hearts, circles and squares. Page six is yellow with a black and white picture of a baby and the word baby. The back cover is black with a picture of mummy and baby. It states that "Babies love to look at the faces and high-contrast images from birth" and that the mirror and crinkly pages "stimulate the senses".

      - Interacting With the Book -
      We showed this book to my baby when he was only days old but he didn't show any interest initially. When he was around two months he became less sleepy and more interested in his surroundings. We would hold the book in front of him, turn the pages and make up a story about him, Mummy and Daddy. He loved looking at the pictures and in particular he really enjoyed looking into the mirror. When he was around three months he loved holding the book himself and listening to the pages crackle. It was a great toy to take out and about as it could be attached onto things and fit easily into the changing bag. I like that this book teaches baby about so many different things. It helps babies learn about books, how they work and what you do with them. It helps baby to focus on what is in front of him. It teaches baby about colour, textures, patterns, faces, mirrors and noises. It is also useful in teaching baby to hold onto things. I like that it combines the black and white colours with a mirror, faces and patterns as these are some of the first things that a very young baby will notice and enjoy.

      - Age Range-
      This book is suitable from birth which I think is accurate. I would say my son was most interested in it at around 2-6 months. It is still in his toy box and he will get it out occasionally even at 11 months.

      - Price and Availability -
      I didn't buy this book myself but I can see it costs £3.49 with free postage on Amazon. I think I have also seen it in Asda. I think this is a good price and this seems to be similar to other first books.

      - Would I recommend? -
      I would definitely recommend the Faces book if you are looking for a first book for a baby. My son has really enjoyed playing with it and I like the educational elements.

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        19.12.2011 10:41
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        Lovely First Book

        When my son was about 3 months old I decided that, although not old enough to hold and play with toys yet, I needed to give him some extra stimulation. When searching around online for ideas, I came across a selection of 'Baby's First' books and though that these were a lovely idea. Not only would it provide me with something to look at with him but it would also provide a great introduction to books and how they work. I ordered two, this Faces book and the Farm version too (which I have reviewed previously).

        The book cost me £3.77 with free delivery from Amazon, which was bizarrely about a pound more than the Farm book, but still quite a good price to pay none-the-less. The book is really simple with the aim to aid baby's focussing skills. It is a soft cloth touch book with four pages (including the cover) and coloured in black, yellow and white - three colours that very young babies like. Each page is thick and padded with a scrunchy material that crinkles when touched - further stimulating baby. There is also a yellow material Velcro attachment so that this can easily be attached to prams etc.

        The front cover has a large circular mirror on the front so baby can look at his/her reflection. This is outlined in a yellow material and then there are black and white concentric circles. The title of the book 'faces' is in white lettering and there are black and white pictures of three faces, a man, woman and baby.
        As you open the book, on the right hand page of each double page is a face with the name printed underneath - mummy, daddy and baby. Each face has a different coloured background - white, black and yellow. On the left hand page is a pattern using the three colours - hearts, stripes, squares and circles.

        I used this book with my son from 3 months. He was not particularly interested at first, but as he got older he took more interest in the colours and the noise made by the book. Now, at 8 months and playing well with toys, he still enjoys this book and likes to look at it himself. When he was younger he would chew on the pages, but it doesn't seem to have suffered any damage from this. Now, he loves to scrunch the book and sit and turn the pages. He is not overly interested in the mirror on the front, but does love the movement when he turns the pages independently. This book has done a great job of teaching him how books work and providing him with stimulation.

        I would recommend this book for young babies as the price is so good and it is really durable. The faces are happy and smiling and babies respond well to them. It provides a great introduction to books for baby.

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          30.08.2011 12:45
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          A terrific book to get even the youngest baby into books!

          Before I had my little girl, and I was buying baby gifts for friends, I always liked to put in something educational along with clothes etc. One of the books that I usually bought off amazon to put in a gift, was this one 'Baby's Very First Book: Faces' which currently costs just over £2 on amazon, although the price fluctuates a lot. Alongside this particular face book, there are a few others in the collection including one about the farm. Since I had been buying so many for other people, I thought I had better buy one for my own baby, and so I had one ready for her.

          This book is aimed at newborn babies (and those up to 6 months), which may seem completely daft given that their vision isn't fully developed and they sleep for most of the day, however since the book is restricted to using black, white and yellow colours, it seems to be of fascination to a newborn baby.

          This is a soft crinkly book, and as a baby develops, they will enjoy being able to feel that pages as well as look at them. On the packaging that this book came in, it states that this book is 'perfect for even the youngest baby', it 'helps focusing skills and hand eye coordination' and offers 'high contrast patterns of increasing complexity' which 'appeal to baby at different stages of development'.

          THe book itself is not long, in fact it really is only 6 pages long, plus the front cover, which has as mirror on it, so a baby can see its own facial reflection. On each double page, one half is devoted to a pattern such as yellow and white hearts set against a black backdrop, and then on the other half, there is a drawing of either daddy, mummy or baby'. There is also a little tag which allows you to hang this book for either a buggy etc as the baby gets older.

          Although I had bought this to other people, and read good reviews about it, I was somewhat sceptical that my newborn would take to it, but it really is quite amazing. Usually before her last feed at night, when she is stirring, we usually look at this book together, and I talk to her about the colours and patterns and then the faces, and very often we end up looking at it a couple of times, because she is totally engrossed in it, and it manages to keep her attention completely. You can see her studying and studying the pictures and patterns, and she is so calm and settled when she is looking at them. It will be interesting over time to see whether it does have a positive impact on her focusing skills and coordination skills, and I can't wait for her to be able to hold it and feel the crinkly pages as well.

          So all in all, if you are looking to get your newborn into books from a young age, then this is the ideal one to start with. I really couldn't believe how much she loves looking at the pictures and patterns and it really does stiumulate her and focus her eyes. A great book for a newborn.

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          26.05.2011 15:18
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          Well worth it

          I have always been a huge reader, and was lucky that as a child, my nursery nurse teacher mum taught me to read at a very very early age using flash cards. Books are a huge part of my life, and when I gave birth to my daughter, I wanted the same for her. But I could only find books aimed at 6 months plus in my local bookstore.

          I'd already purchased a fabulous book called Baby Sees: Spots and Dots, which is a visual hardback book for newborns, featuring a range of monochrome and brightly coloured spot and line pattern images. The book is intended to use from birth, to help calm baby (as babies love looking at monochrome patterns, as their colour vision doesn't develop for some weeks, and their distance vision grows over the first three months of life). It also helps them develop their eye movements and focusing.

          So what I was looking for now was a book with very simple words. I found Faces on Amazon for £3.35 (the price seems to vary but is always under £3.50) with free delivery (next day for Prime members). The book is different to Spots and Dots in that it features human faces - babies love to look at faces, as they develop their own emotional expressions, and it features very clear, basic words.

          The book isn't large, being three pages long, but don't think it doesn't deliver value for money. Firstly, the book is presented in a clear plastic package with a cardboard hanging display insert, this was great for me, as I bought a second copy to give to a friend as a gift for her newborn. The book itself is soft, and has crinkly pages, a great bonus, as babies love the crinkling sound, and as they get older, it is safe to nibble on and can be washed in the washing machine at 30 degrees and line dried. The book's front page features a monochrome swirl as the background, three simply drawn black and white faces (mummy, daddy and baby) and the book's name, Faces. The front of the book has, stitched with a vibrant yellow trim, a plastic mirror. It's a pretty good mirror in that it's safe, but the plastic doesn't distort the reflection too much, so baby can watch his or her face. My daughter is eight weeks old, and loves to look at anything bright or shiny, especially mirrors, and is captivated by the mirror on the front cover of Faces. I am not sure that she knows it's her in the reflection, but she coos and squeaks at the 'other baby' for ages!

          The inner pages cover six images, each two page spread features a black, white and yellow geometric pattern, similar to spots and dots, and a large face with a word underneath - Daddy, Mummy and Baby in that order. Even though the faces are very simple they are very clear and my daughter loves to stare at them. You can either just hold it up, for baby to stare at, or you can read out the words, or you can make up a story as you go along - the trick is to do it slowly as each page doesn't need to be turned at 'adult pace', it's a book which can interest my daughter for a good ten minutes if she's in the right mood.

          The book also has a velcro hanging strap in yellow, so it can be hung from a play gym, or on a crib or pushchair.

          The book, for the money, is a real bargain. It's so cute, and unlike other books in hardback, or card books like Spots and Dots, it can safely be left with a newborn and they can come to no harm. It's a great way of introducing a newborn to books and the practice of sitting on mummy or daddy's knee and turning the pages together. My daughter has really taken to it and for that reason I have gifted it, and will continue to gift it, as I think it is a gift which not everyone will think of, and certainly not everyone will have, but is a lovely one to receive.

          I can only give Faces five out of five as it's excellent value for money, it delivers what it promises - a great first book for baby which is engaging, helps with their development, and provides a lovely bonding activity with baby. If you're thinking newborns can't enjoy books, Faces proves that they can. It might not be a novel but it's certainly a great read, if you're eight weeks old!

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            19.12.2009 10:26
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            Black and White is Best for Baby

            Baby's Very First Book series are amazing for new born babies which include pets and farms however this faces one is my daughters favourite! It has six pages and is made of cloth so easily cleaned which is essential with very little children and their desire to eat everything in sight! The black and white images are high contrast so easy for little ones to see rather then having to focus on colour too! I think that babies can only initially see in black and white! The book has a tie on it so it is possible to attach it to the buggy for keeping your little one entertained when you are out and about! It is never to soon for your child to have a book and this is one of my preferred ones too just as it is soo practical!

            The book has pages with pictures of Daddy, Mummy and Baby, these pages have crinkle material in them so that they are also exciting to explore! My daughter especially enjoyed the mirror on the book and as she got older she still liked to play with it and would often choose this to take out when we were going somewhere.


            The book is recommended to be sold at five pounds however it is available on amazon for 3.14.

            Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 11 x 4.2 cm

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              25.05.2009 23:15
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              You'll be surprised how much even a tiny baby can enjoy books

              As soon as I found out I was pregnant I began buying books for my baby, and this was one of the first that I bought.

              The book really couldn't be any simpler - just three pages with an outline picture of "Mummy", "Daddy" or "Baby" on one side and a geometric pattern on the other side of each, entirely in black, white and yellow. The patterns increase in complexity throughout the book. The cloth pages have crinkly material so that they make a sound when scrunched, and the front page has a safe mirror suitable for babies.

              I couldn't wait to start showing my baby books, but even I was surprised when this one held his interest from just two days old! He stared at the faces and patterns immediately and they held his interest for several seconds at a time, not bad for a newborn! He also loved looking at himself in the mirror. As he became more aware he would stare for longer and longer. Sometimes I would "read" the book to him - there is no story so you can talk about whatever you like - other times he was happy just to look at it with no interaction from me.

              The handy velcro strap meant that I was happy to leave the book attached to the inside of his moses basket during the day, and later to the arch on his babygym. He would literally lie for ages just staring at the pictures. Sometimes he would complain a bit until we turned the page for him. His favourite picture was the final geometric pattern, and we were amazed at just how long he could stare at it. He's 4 months now and will still sit and look at it. As he gets bigger he'll interact with it in new ways, he's already learning to turn the pages and feel for the texture.

              Something to watch for though - our baby did spend quite a while lying with his head on one side looking at the pictures in the book. When he was a couple of months old we discovered that he was only able to turn his head one way. He's fine now, but if your baby spends a lot of time lying down looking at the book, be sure to rotate sides!

              This would be a fantastic baby gift, it is something that new parents may not have thought of and would really stand out among the usual gifts for baby. There are also several other books in the series which are similar and just as good.

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                05.11.2008 11:14
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                Perfect for Newborns

                This is a very basic cloth book with few pages, but great appeal for newborns! The reason why it is so great for babies is because it is made up of black, white and yellow images and striking black and white faces depicting Mum, Dad and Baby. Newborns in particular love looking at strong contrasts, so this book is perfect for them to stare at.

                The front cover of the book has the title 'Faces' on it and there are simple outline drawings of the faces in the book on a black and white swirl background. There is a circular mirror (unbreakable - I think it may be mirror card...) in the middle of the front cover - another bonus, as babies love to look at themselves in mirrors!

                The back cover has care instructions and publishing information. It also shows the Baby and Mother faces.

                The pages of the book have a subtle crinkly sound, making it interesting for babies to touch. The book can be sponge cleaned which is also handy, as babies do tend to put everything in their mouths! The spine of the book is yellow fabric which extends past the top of the book and has Velcro on it. This means that it can easily be looped round a pram, pushchair or car seat to ensure that it doesn't get lost when you're on the move.

                Although the book does look very boring to me, my little one loves looking at it! The patterns are very striking and are made up of circles, lines, squares and hearts. Apart from the words 'Mummy', 'Daddy' and 'Baby' under the simple outline drawings of the faces, there are no words actually in the book at all.

                I bought this book from Amazon.co.uk and paid £2.79 for it.

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                  05.09.2008 13:55
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                  Great first introduction to books.

                  After my daughter was born I needed some ideas of things to do with her to keep her entertained. As I love reading I thought books would be a good one to start with and after searching Amazon.co.uk came across this.

                  It is a cloth book with a little strap on it so you can velcro it around the pram/buggy/car seat/activity gym so it doesn't get thrown out!

                  It only uses three colours iin the book, black, white and yellow. Babies like looking at high contrast and I have found that my daughter will stare at this book for ages. We currently have it velcro'd round the head rest in the car so she can see it from her car seat.

                  There are 6 pages, the first page is a black, white and yellow pattern with a black and white picture of a man on the opposite page with the word Daddy underneath, the same thing is then repeated with the pattern and the picture for Mummy and Baby. The pages also have crinkly stuff inside them.

                  This book can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk for £2.79 however its RRP is £3.99. I feel that this is very good value for money.

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                    13.07.2008 23:42
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                    A lovely book for your little baby.

                    When my daughter was pregnant I was talking to a friend about how she'd instilled a love of books into her two older children and was keen to encourage the new baby as early as possible. My friend recommended a book called Faces which she had bought her grandson at just four weeks old and he still loves it now at eighteen months, I went home and ordered a copy from Amazon to put away for when the baby was old enough to appreciate it.

                    What makes Faces so unusual is the fact that it is completely in black and white with only a mirror on the first page to break this monochrome design. The book is only six pages long and is a cloth book that is padded with stuff that makes a crinkling noise when my granddaughter holds and scrunches the book. The book is put together very well with tight stitching and neatly sewn pages.

                    The pages feature a Mummy face, Daddy face and Baby face which are simply drawn, tiny babies love to look at faces and my granddaughter was no exception. Because they are drawn she didn't react to them as she would have done if she was looking at photographs and it's only now at one year that she's starting to associate the pictures with Mummy and Daddy (perhaps because they look nothing like the pictures of the people!) but from the very first look at the book she would focus on the faces and as she got a little older she would touch and stroke them. She likes giving the picture of the baby a kiss and laughs whenever she sees it which I think is lovely to watch.

                    There are also patterns in the book which I think are excellent, the high contrast between black and white always catches my granddaughters eye as soon as the book is uncovered in her toybox and I also think it looks brilliant. The patterns are very basic and are interesting for babies, being constructed of straight lines and swirly designs to give babies something unusual and fun to look at. From the first time my granddaughter saw Faces when she was seven weeks old she enjoyed looking at the patterns and would stare at them while we held the book for her, as she got older and more mobile she would turn the pages herself and look at each face and pattern in turn.

                    She loves looking at herself so the mirror is probably the page she turns to the most, it is a good quality mirror which gives my granddaughter a true view of herself with no distortion of her features. She seems to look at herself and then her eye is drawn to the swirling pattern around the mirror and now she's bigger she traces the pattern with her finger, all the time glancing back to the mirror as if to check she's still there!

                    Faces is very durable, my granddaughter has pushed it along the floor, chewed it and emptied a bottle of milk over it and it is still in fantastic condition. I've put it through the washing machine a few times because all the white in the book means it looks grubby fairly quickly, and there has been no damage to the mirror and the pages are still in pristine condition. I like the face that Faces has a velcro strap attached to it so that I can attach it to the pushchair or car seat and my granddaughter can look at the book while we are out without the worry of losing it. The strap holds securely and it's only now that my granddaughter is one that she can actually tug it open but it rips apart so loudly that I can hear it and fasten it again before she slings it out of her pushchair.

                    Faces is a bargain at under £3 from Amazon, I would definitely recommend it because it is a fun and interesting book that will help you child develop almost from birth.

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