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This book was given to us free by our health visitor! As part of the bookstart which is a children's charity aimed at introducing books into children's lives from a youg age this book was given to us in a pack for free. For more information about bookstart visit www.bookstart.co.uk The book This book is quite large- it's about the size of two dvd boxes side by side. It is a board book so it is baby friendly. Being a board book means that babies don't have to worry about getting paper cuts and scrunching up the pages as they grab at them. Board books are great as they are so baby friendly, although they don't manage to avoid getting the teeth marks around the edges where your baby likes to chew! The front page is bright yellow with a big picture of a child on the front pointing to his nose and the title 'Is This My Nose?' printed in purple above it. With each turn of a page is a new body part to find. On the left hand side is an animal drawn on a bright coloured background which says "Can you find your eyes, eyes, eyes?" And on the right hand side is a picture of a child again pointing to the body part saying: "Yes, you can!" As well as eyes there are nose, mouth, ears and chin and on the final page small pictures of the same children from the other pages pointing to their body parts. Baby B's opinion Baby B is 9 months old so she isn't at the age yet where she knows what her eyes and ears etc are although she is nearly there so this book is spot on for her age range. I'm hoping that now she's got this book and we can interact with it she will learn the different parts of her face. When I gave this book to Baby B she was very excited by it! I think the fact that it is so bright in colour attracted her attention and then with each turn of the page she grew more excited to see what was coming next! So excited that she started trying to turn the pages herself! This book definitely has helped her learn how books work and how they tell a story. The book is quite large and as I said is a board book so it is quite heavy. At the minute Baby B has trouble holding this book herself and drops it frequently then struggles to pick it back up. I find it's a bit of a shame that she isn't able to play with it herself yet so maybe it would be better and more appropriate for the book to be smaller when aimed at children of this age. She definitely likes it and it definitely entertains her. criticisms The size of the book is too big for small children of this age so seems a bit strange how it was given to us with her age in mind, if it was smaller it would be better. I have just read the back of the book and it says 'little ones will love learning about their faces and smiling into the mirror at th eback of the book'. I thought have I missed something?? So have looked at the back of the book and there definitely is no mirror there. I'm not sure whether it means a literal mirror that SHOULD be at the book but is missing in mine? Or if it means that the pictures on the last page are like a mirror? Whatever it means it isn't clear. I read it as a literal interpretation and so would be expecting a mirror at the back. Conclusion This book was given free so I can't complain! If I had have paid money for this I would have felt like I had been wrongly informed about the mirror issue! I think that this is a really bright, colourful and cheerful book which I know Baby B will enjoy! This book is available to buy from Amazon for £3.39 but RRP is £4.99.
I read this book to my little god daughter. It has helped her learn what her facial features are, and encouraged her to ask about others, for example, eyebrows and hair (quite impressed that she's learned the word 'eyebrows'!). She still points at the pictures sometimes when you ask her where her nose is, but it's a great start. The repetition worked well for her and she seems to like it - the litmus test is that she gets to choose her own books and she frequently brings it over for me. She had a lot of fun pointing at the babies at the end as well. She's coming up for two now and chooses it less, but for about six months it was her firm favourite. There are babies of different colours and nationalities so it is quite inclusive. Would definitely recommend this book for little ones - and their parents.
At the last school summer fair, I picked up quite a few second hand toys and books for my daughter, one of them being this 'Is This my Nose?' which I didn't realise at the time was actually a book that was given out to parents as one of the free Bookstart books. I obviously didn't receive this book as part of Bookstart and in fact I only paid about 30p for it at the fair. You can still purchase this book on the likes of amazon for just over £4 but I'm sure you could also pick it up second hand on the likes of ebay or in car boot sales etc. This is quite a large hardback book and it appealed to me because from a quick glance through at the time of my purchasing it looked as if it went through the different facial features pointing them out. I thought this would an educational book for my daughter and help her learn the words for different features of the face including nose, chin, eyes, ears...etc. This book is fairly repititious. It follows the same format throughout the few pages with the line eg, 'Is this my nose, nose nose?' .....'Yes it is' with a picture of a baby pointing to the various part of the face. At the end it summarizes all the pictures and different parts of the face. I honestly thought my daughter would interact with this book and point to the different parts of the face as I read them to her, but she doesn't and yet at 15 months old, she knows exactly where each part mentioned in the book is in relation to her face, although she cannot verbalise it herself. She just doesn't seem to see this book as one that she can interact with and we have now had this book for almost 5 months. I don't particularly like the fact that the facial feature is repeated in the question such as 'nose, nose, nose'. I really don't think this is necessary and could confuse a child when they are trying to learn the names of the parts of the face. If this book was written using more of an interactive 'show me' or 'can you find' approach I think my daughter would like it much more. I also don't think my daughter learnt the names of the facial features mentioned in this book via this book, so it didn't really serve its purpose for her in that regard. My daughter has a selection of books that I read to her at bedtime, and although she listens well to this book it simply isn't one of her favourites and she would never pick it out by herself when she is looking at books on her bookshelf. I find it quite disappointing especially for a Bookstart choice of book, and I think it could have been written in a much more interactive way, but since I only paid 30p I can't really complain too much, though I am glad that I didn't pay the full price!
Is This My Nose? is a board book by Georgie Birkett. My daughter was given it for free as part of the Bookstart scheme at about a year of age, but now she is 15 months old she is showing a lot of interest in the illustrations. The book is much larger than most of the other children's books in our ample collection. It is also quite hardy as it has survived a few falls and spills. The pages are glassy which means that they are easy to wipe clean when sticky fingers turn them. My daughter really enjoys this book. She likes to look at all the pages in turn, as each one has a large picture of a child's face, which clearly appeals to her. Each page has a few words on it about finding different facial features. I usually sing the words to her as they have an element of rhythm to them. This book is perfect for my daughter's current stage in life as she is just starting to learn what a nose is, what eyes and ears are, etc. As each child points to each individual feature, a different animals helps him/her along on the same page. This book is available on Amazon for around the £3 mark, however I would not recommend it for this price for one main reason-- the pages in the book are quite hard to turn for little fingers. This can be very frustrating for little one as its her favourite thing to do when I read to her. This is the main reason I am giving the book 3 stars, because although it is the right level for her and nicely eye-catching, it is simply too frustrating for her when she wants to sit and flip through the pages herself.
This is a review of the 2008 board book titled 'Is this my nose?' with illustrations by Georgie Birkett. This was, in fact, one of the books we were gifted by Bookstart whom I believe work in partnership with the publishers Random House Children's Books (Red Fox). Our books are distributed by the Health Visitors at certain points when they make a home visit to babies and it came with a free reusable tote bag which is a lovely touch too. I think the work done by Bookstart is marvellous. There is no shortage of books in our house but some parents may not buy books for their children and it really is never too young to start reading! A bit about In 'Is this my nose?' the first thing you notice is the cover. The book measures a square 8ish inches and features a child pointing to their nose. The pages are thick board so very hardy and difficult to tear which is a good thing for our little ripper. Inside On the inside page an owl asks the child to find their eyes; next a dog asks where your nose is and then a rabbit asks for ears; a frog asks "can you find your mouth, mouth, mouth?" and so on. The right page features a different child each time finding the right facial part. On the last page we review the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and chin. In use The wording makes it easy to use this book and the repetition makes it almost song like. We quickly found that our daughter after the age of one was interested in this book and soon began to identify her facial features, then ours. Out and about I like to ask her where her nose or eyes etc. are and she usually gets it right, her favourite being the chin as it always gets a little tickle! My thoughts This really helped us to teach our young daughter new and meaningful words. She picks things up really quickly too. I wouldn't say this is her favourite book, but that's only because she prefers the flip the flap or pop up books but this book still has an interactive element in it so that's good. Price I suspect there will be lots of copies of this book floating around the car boot sales! But if you wanted to buy it, there are copies on Amazon for around £4. I notice a more deluxe version is available too for similar money that features a mirror too but our copy is sadly mirror-less, I suppose the production costs are extra when it incorporates a mirror and I am not complaining when we got our copy for free! Final thoughts This is a lovely book with great illustrations that we have found a great starting point for reading with our daughter. She enjoys joining in with the actions and we try and stretch it out by asking where our nose and ears etc are too. It can get a bit risky when she is pointing (poking) out our eyes though! The characters in the book are cute and friendly from the babies and animals and there is ' some great encouragement in the text at the end when it says 'Who's a clever baby then?' although I suspect toddlers still reading this book won't appreciate being called a baby! The last words say 'again, let's play again!' which as a parent is OK for the second time but a little tiresome after the third. On a final note, thank you to Bookstart, you've picked an ideal book here which is at just the right level for babies to interact and enjoy reading with their family.