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My son was lucky enough to receive a couple of books from bookstart for free at his one year check up. Even at that young age, my son was a big book fan and was building up quite a collection and another couple to add to it were very welcome (for my benefit as much as his!). One of the books he received was a copy of 'Elmer's Weather' by David Mckee. This book is currently retailing at £3.74 on Amazon.
It is a small board book, so an ideal size for young babies and toddlers. The pages are a thin cardboard so light enough for little hands to turn without any danger of ripping. The book is part of a series of 'Elmer' books - Elmer being the patchwork elephant that the story is about. It is the only one from the series that we own and, in truth, I would probably not have bought this myself but am never one to look a gift horse in the mouth!
The story revolves around Elmer and his discovery of different sorts of weather. I use the term story loosely here as I would not really say it was a story as such, each page does not really follow on from the previous except that they have the common weather theme. The illustrations are really what makes the book for us and my son does enjoy pointing at the animals and pictures on each page. Elmer is the brightest elephant and always attracts his attention over the duller, more realistic, grey elephants. Elmer experiences the sun (in sunglasses), rain, snow and fog and, whilst my son is too young to understand weather just yet, he does enjoy looking at the pictures and listening to me as I read the text to him - although this doesn't seem to hold his attention for too long.
As far as my son is concerned, he can take or leave this book. It is definitely not one of his most favourite books, even though he loves animals so books with animals are usually a sure fire success with him. He will select this one every now and then and usually only look through the book once whereas most books will get thumbed through a good two or three times. As a parent, I do not find this particularly engaging either. Aside from teaching my son about the weather, there is not a lot to this book and I don't find the text particularly fun to read either. Of course I am very grateful to have received this for free, but I think for the price it retails at you could pick up more engaging books. This may be a series that some children love, just not my son - so we won't be adding any more of the books to our book collection.
We were introduced to the junior book Elmer's Weather through the Bookstart pack my daughters received when they were 12 months. The pack included 2 board books of which Elmer's Weather by David Mckee was one.
The book is about 15cm x 15cm so a nice size for your little one to be able to hold and turn the pages themselves. My little ones have enjoyed looking at books since they were about 6 months and could turn the pages themselves. Lots of babbling takes place when they 'read' them by themselves and I'm really pleased both of them are already getting a lot of enjoyment from books.
This book is one of a series based on a patchwork colour elephant called Elmer and is aimed at very young children. Each page introduces your little one to a different type of weather wind, fog, sunshine, etc. This is done by describing different fun activities that Elmer does or what he thinks of that type of weather, each page has no more than a short sentence or 2 and so it only takes a minute to read the book. This is ideal for little ones who don't tend to have long attention spans.
The illustrations on each page are simple but effective in helping to explain to little ones what is happening. They are obviously very colourful as they all include Elmer as shown in the DooYoo picture above.
Being a board book it is very sturdy and although it has been read most days by my little ones it is only just starting to show signs of wear and tear. My 2 seem to be pretty heavy handed with their books and so I'm very impressed with how well this one is lasting.
Price and Availability
As I mentioned earlier we received this book from bookstart and so it was free but it is available from Amazon in both board book and hardcover priced from £3.74. Also available in the same series of board books are:
Would I recommend?
Yes, this book has proved very popular in our house and is often presented to me for repeat readings. It has been a fun way to introduce different types of weather and is a lovely book to read.
A book I have been reading recently to try and encourage my one year old to enjoy stories is "Elmer's Weather" the book like all the Elmer books is written and illustrated by David Mckee who also illustrated the Paddington Bear books. The book originally came from one of my eldests Bookstart bags although she is now too old for the book which is why we are using it for our younger daughter.
The book is approx 4 inches square and is made of board, the front cover shows Elmer the patchwork elephant wearing a pair of sunglasses. The title and the authors name is written in black which stands out well against the yellow background. I think the front cover is very attractive as it is so bright and contains so many colours.
The book follows Elmer through lots of different weather types showing how each one is fun or giving a little information about the weather type, there is even a page which encourages your child to join in with the book. The first page Elmer flies in the wind and this is made out to be sun, on the second page Elmer is looking at the clouds and trying to see what shapes he can see such as a teddy. The second page asks your child what shapes they can see in the clouds and there are simple shapes such as cat, tortoise and rabbit. The following pages cover thunder and lightening, fog, rain, snow and sun.
The book is very brightly coloured and when I read it to my daughter I do try and emphasise things like the crash of the thunder which she seems to enjoy. There is a little funny bit in the book on the fog page where two elephants crash into each other as they can't be seen in the fog. I like that the book shows all weather conditions as being fun to be in and how bright and bold this book is. The book is easy for little hands with it being made of thick board and this book seems to be one of a couple that my daughter will listen too as at the moment she is not too keen on sitting for a story. I would recommend this book there are very few words so it is short enough for a starting book for babies.