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Hello, swirly snail. Hello caterpillar!
Baby Touch Animal Book
Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
Baby Touch Animal Book
Advantages: Promotes sensory awareness, aids hand-eye co-ordination. Interactive.
I mentioned in a couple of my previous reviews that our local library have begun regularly selling off some of their older or slightly damaged books for just 10p each. My children, three and one, love books and it has become routine for us to pop into the library on our way home from nursery to see what they have to offer for their ever-growing book collections.
Last week we visited to find a rather familiar book sitting on the shelf, Baby Touch Animal Book. My son and I attended Baby Signing classes when he was just 9 months old and mixed in with toys and instruments on the play mat was this very same book. It was a hit with all of the children back then, which is why I remember it so vividly. Seeing it on the shelf on sale at just 10p, I just had to buy it for my daughter.
The Baby Touch Animal Book from Ladybird is written by Justine Smith and illustrated by Fiona Land. It has a recommended retail price of £6.99 and the best price I have found is currently in WH Smiths where it is priced at just £5.59.
This is a board book with very sturdy pages made from thick cardboard. Each page is a different shape and is positioned in a similar fashion to a fan, so that all edges of each page are visible when looking at the book face on. This inevitably makes it much easier for young children to turn each page. I have often noticed that with regular shaped board books, my children will try to turn the pages and mistakenly turn two or three instead. Another benefit of the unusual shape of this book is that finding the edge of each page to turn it will aid hand-eye co-ordination.
The predominant aim of this book is to promote sensory awareness in young children. This is achieved by the use of many touch and feel elements throughout the book. There are panda bears which furry tummies, ducks with squishy wings and elephants with rough ears amongst others. There are not only different textures, but also plenty of bright, vivid colours and metallic sections in many of the illustrations. To add further intrigue there are then cut out sections on all pages but the last, where an illustration from the previous or following page is visible.
There is no storyline as such to this book. We are rather simply presented with some fabulous illustrations and invited to touch them as we go along. We are also asked to find things at certain points throughout the book. For instance we begin with a very lovely stripy cat. We are told that this is 'mummy cat' and asked to feel her furry tummy. We are then asked 'Where is the kitten?' The interactive element to this book is just wonderful and makes it very enjoyable to read to young children. In fact, it feels more of an activity, or a game, than simply reading a book to them.
The Baby Touch Animal Book is part of a series which we are reminded about on the back page. If this is a hit with your child then there are others to collect too. The series consists of Play Book, Rhyme Book, Picture Book, Colours, Shapes, Busy Book, Noisy Book, Cot Book and Peekaboo Book. Some of these are available in WH Smiths as well as on Amazon.co.uk.
Also mentioned on the back page are three beneficial points to this publication. It encourages interactive play, helps to develop sensory awareness and is perfect for sharing and talking. I would certainly agree with all of those points.
My daughter really does love this book. It immediately became her favourite. In fact, after purchasing it from the library I needed to go and get some shopping from the supermarket. She insisted on carrying it around for the whole time we were out and then explored it eagerly once we reached home. It is not a small book by any means, to be exact it measures 26 x 25.4 x 0.4cm, and so I was sure that her little arms would soon be tired, but she proved me wrong. As I have mentioned in a previous review, the sight of any animal, either while out walking or in a book or magazine, is always met by a shriek of excitement and an "Awwww!" from my little girl. After a week of owning this book, she still lets out those excited sounds when flicking through the pages. My son is not as interested in it and has simply given it a few quick glances, though he is three now, whereas my daughter is just 17 months old.
In summary, this is a wonderful book. There are so many things to look at, to find and to feel within that is really is very engaging. It was adored by my son at our signing group when he was small and is now equally adored by my young daughter. This was a very good find at just 10p, it is a marvellous addition to my children's book collection!
Summary: Hello, swirly snail. Hello caterpillar!