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Since purchasing this book as a gift for our daughter for Christmas last year, it has become a firm favourite in our household.
Our little girl adores noisy books. She learnt from an early age that some of her older brother's books had buttons which could be pressed and that made intriguing sounds, adding a whole new dimension of interest to a book which she was as yet unable to grasp in other areas.
When Christmas approached therefore, noisy books were on her wish list. They needed to be sturdy board books as she was just a little over one year old and still in the habit of damaging pages. Having a little boy too, I wanted to purchase something for her which was quite feminine and so a change from the usual diggers and dinosaur books she often borrowed from him. That aspect was rather difficult to find, until I came across Goldilocks and the Three Bears from the Usborne First Fairytales range.
This book is currently available from Amazon at the reduced price of £6.49. RRP is £9.99.
When the book arrived I was immediately taken aback by the overall look and quality of it. I was very pleasantly surprised.
The pages are sturdy and thick and appear to be slightly thicker than the average board book. This makes it ideal for smaller children who may damage the pages inadvertently. It can also quite easily be wiped clean due to the smooth finish.
The illustrations throughout are just fantastic. Not only is the artwork bright and endearing but it is also made to stand out with a combination of matt and gloss finish. Metallic gold is also used to highlight small intricate areas giving sparkle to the pages. These details are not only visual but can also be felt when running your hand across the page, promoting sensory awareness for very young children.
To the right hand side of the book are five buttons depicting scenes from the story. These buttons emit sounds which are very clear and rather loud. This is a quality that I unfortunately did not find in other sound books bought for Christmas where sounds were muffled, quiet and even warped.
The story itself is of course the classic fairytale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The family of bears go for a short walk in the forest while their porridge cools. Meanwhile Goldilocks enters the house and tries each of the bowl of porridge, their chairs and their beds, leaving carnage along the way. She eventually falls asleep in one of the beds and is awoken by the return of the family of bears.
This is a charming fairytale for any young child and the addition of the buttons at the side makes it all the more interactive and intriguing for little minds. It is one that I would highly recommend for its overall quality and value for money.