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DK Touch and Feel Tractor
This is a Dorling Kindersley production and I can't find an author of the book anywhere. If you are happy to buy a used one then you can pick this up for 1p plus postage from Amazon.
On an evening babysitting this was one of the books I shared with my granddaughter prior to her going to sleep. I believe this was one they bought when she got together with her present partner who is a farmer so this was quite appropriate.
This is a larger board book about nine inches square with the grand total of five double pages each with a huge tractor doing something farm like on the page.
As this is not really a story and certainly not an adult book I don't think I need worry about spoilers. One the first page you are invited to "Rub the red tractor's SMOOTH bonnet and make it shine." The red tractor is the larger of the two on the page and stands alone while the smaller green tractor is pulling a trailer with hay bales on it. The red tractor has a shiny top to its bonnet with feels smooth and different from the re If you are a tractor expert as my two sons in law are then there are lots of discussion points about tractors you can talk about. I tend to limit my chat to the wheels, the colour and the job it is doing.
The next page has a large blue tractor pulling a red machine behind it. My six year old grandson would know what this was but I wouldn't like to commit myself. This tractor has bumpy feely tyres which are made from corrugated card. They have a very satisfyingly bumpy feel to them and are very obvious to touch. The text simply says " Feel the tractor's big chunky tyres." You can talk about the feel and texture using words like lumpy, bumpy, and rough and then run your fingers over to show your child how it feels and let them feel it tickle or run you nails over to make a brrrp noise as it rubs over the bumps of the corrugations. You can of course still talk about the colours and what the tractor is doing in the picture.
The next picture is in the dark and this tractor has lovely bright shiny lights. "Look at the tractor's sparkling lights" and then on the other half of the page "How many lights can you count?" You can talk about farmers working at night, count the lights and feel the different light's shapes. What has happened to the colours in this picture.
On the next page the tractor is ploughing and the photo shows very lumpy bumpy soil in the field. The touchy feely bit of this page is in the soil and once again is brown corrugated cardboard in lines. This is another chance to explore the texture of the cardboard and how it feels to touch and rub it. What does a plough do and how does it move. Why does the farmer plough the fields? What will he do next? Once again you can talk about the tractor's colour, its wheels and count the wheels etc.
Our last page has a red tractor lifting a large yellow bale. Thus is where the touchy feely bit is on this page. The round bale is bumpy and made of chipped polystyrene which looks like a bunch of cut wool looking at the end. It feels lumpy, warm and bitty . Once again you can talk about what the tractor is doing, what colour it is and the shape of the bale and so on.
This is a book that my grandsons absolutely loved when they were younger and would put me to shame about the tractor and its uses while we were reading this one. My granddaughter enjoys it to as she also spends quite some time on the farm and is familiar but not such an expert on tractors!
She really enjoys pointing to things like the wheels the place where the farmer sits and so one. She really loves feeling the parts of the page that are lumpy, shiny, or otherwise textured. It is a nicely interactive book to share with a little one.
The book is a board book so the pages are quality and solid so not easily torn by enthusiastic young readers. What you get out of the book depends on how interested your child is in the pictures and how much you choose to talk beyond the simple text on the pages.
All in all this is a good quality book with lovely bright clear photos and plenty of opportunity for you to share colours, shape and textures with your little one. Once again I would say this is aimed at younger children and by three most children will have started to lose interest in it as there isn't really a story and the pictures offer limited opportunity for deeper discussion.
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The Dorling Kindersley Touch and Feel Tractor book has been in our house for around three years now and is still a firm favourite with my two young sons.
We bought this book when my oldest son was about 15 months old and he enjoyed touch and feel books. We are a farming family so anything to do with tractors is a must in our house. My younger son is now 20 months only and he loves this book just as much as his brother did.
The Touch and Feel Tractor book is a board book and it features pictures of real tractors performing tasks regularly seen around the farm. On each page there is some simple text and a textured area. The textures on each page are different and range from the smooth bonnet of a tractor to a prickly straw bale. The text is very basic and is usually either an instruction or a question such as 'Feel the tractor's big chunky tyres' or 'How many lights can you count?'
Each picture covers a double page and there are five tractors to look and touch. The cover also has a small textured area but this is the same as the first page.
My son's are both obsessed by tractors but they much prefer to look at books that feature real pictures of tractors instead of drawings or cartoons. They also prefer the realistic farm toys to the fun chunky Chad Valley type tractors.
I have read this book many many times and find that the text does become boring even for the children. We prefer to talk about what the tractor is doing and what colour and make the tractors are. When my children were younger we just made tractors noises and pretended to be excited by the pictures and the textures and they seemed to enjoy this very much.
I would recommend the book to anyone with a child who likes tractors or even just the touch and feel books at it is a lovely book. I have found that sometimes the Dorling Kindersley books have too many pictures on a page and this can overwhelm a younger child but this book gets it just right.
Having just one tractor and implement per page means the child can focus their attention better and isn't bombarded with lots of colourful images.
I cannot find any age recommendation for this book but I would think that any young children and even babies would enjoy the simple bright pictures of this book. Once a child is learning to coordinate their hands the touch and feel element of this book is great to encourage them.
The Touch and Feel Tractor book is currently available on www.amazon.co.uk for £4.99. I paid less than this for the book through a book club such as www.thebookpeople.co.uk.