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Big Book of My World - Kali Stileman

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Kali Stileman / Hardcover / 48 Pages / Book is published 2011-09-29 by Doubleday Childrens

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      20.03.2012 20:36
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      A lovely book

      I got this book from the Vine programme on Amazon and was really impressed with it straight away, and still am. We have had it for 5 months and both my 3 and 2 year old have returned back to it time and time again.

      It has lots of different activities in it, from counting to spot the difference, and just pages of pictures with loads to talk about. My 3 year old really enjoyed the page about manners, especially the pictures of snatching and sharing, which is not something I've seen in other books of this type. My 2 year old's favourite page is the Cars, trains, planes and boats closely followed by the Trucks, diggers and big machines one.
      I have seen some comments about this book that the topics on most of the pages are more geared towards boys and will appeal to boys more but I think girls would also like it (not that I have any girls myself to test it on!) but there are plenty of very gender neutral pages such as the toys page with a painting set, doll, teddy and toy pram alongside the dinosaur and pirate ship, and there are pages on the topic of clothes, fruit and veg, animals, park and town - so plenty to appeal to all tastes.

      The illustrations are bright and appealing to both parents and children, and there is so much in it. I feel this book is very educational for young children as it encourages them to think and discuss with the parent rather than just looking passively at the pages without engaging, there are lots of things for them to find in the pictures etc. It has much more of an 'activity' aspect than most of the 'first words' type of picture books that simply have the pictures and the words written next to them. Although I do find those books very useful, this one goes further. There is no space for writing the answers to the activities it should all be done verbally, so that means the book can be used again and again.

      I would just say, it has normal paper pages not a board book, so possibly one that's better to be looked at together with your child rather than let them do it independently, unless you have a very sensible trustworthy child who would take care and not let the pages get ripped. The cover is slightly padded with a shiny texture to the pictures and text on it, and the quality of the book and pages is good.

      I would recommend it for any parents of preschool children, it is a really lovely book.

      I have also reviewed this on Amazon under the name M. Marikar but this review is an updated one.

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