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My daughter was bought this book as a present when she was 3 months old, it is a lovely chunky hardboard book with 10 pages and a different teddy with different texture on each, 5 in total. The front cover has a traditional teddy with fur on it, on the inside there is a teddy with brown fluff, one with furry black ears, another with a shiny raincoat, soft padded paws and a silky bow to feel, each on a different page. With each bear is a couple of lines about the bear, a description of what he has and the texture of it in rhyming text. It is a lovely book to read and my daughter adores it being read to her, she loves to reach and feel all of the textures and turns the pages.
When she has the book on her own it keeps her amused for ages, she will sit and turn the pages over and the book upside down to feel the bears, always going back to her favourite two; the one on the front and one on the first page. She kisses them and feels the fur on her face, it makes her smile looking at all the different bears, the book has lovely bright colours throughout but is simple so that it catches the babies attention.
Now that i can see how much my daughter loves this book i will look for other touch and feel books in the range as i feel these will be great to have. The books are of a good sturdy quality and will last a long time, it is one of the few things my daughter doesn't try to chew because i think it's such a lovely book and she's more captured by what's in it than what it tastes like.
Both my sons have been huge fans of the Usborne touch and feel books 'That's not my..' range. My youngest son who is two and half struggles with his speech and finds listening to stories difficult. We have been advised to continue trying to encourage books with him. The only books I have found he is interested in are the 'That's not my..' range but we have got through those now! Recently whilst in the library we came across the Ladybird similar version and thought they would be worth a try. One of them we tried was 'This Little Teddy'.
Ladybird Touch and feel This Little Teddy is a thick square shaped board book. It measures roughly 18.5cms square, ideal for small hands. It has a total of ten pages. Each double spread is laid out the same with the text written on the left hand side and the picture of the touch and feel bear on the right. The text is nice and large printed in black with the exception of the last double spread they consist of two short simple sentences a page. Each double spread has a different coloured background something I didn't pick out for my son straight away but since I have. Each teddy in the book is different for instance we have a typical brown bear on the first followed by a girlie panda on the next.
The text flows very nicely in the book as for each page the text rhymes. For example one page says 'This little teddy bear's name is Miranda. She has fuzzy black ears like a real Giant Panda!' I like books that have rhyming text as I find they read a lot easier and the children enjoy them more. The text contains nice descriptive words which I hope will eventually build my sons vocabulary.
As the book is a touch and feel book it would only be right I described this part of the book. Each teddy has a piece of textured material for your child to feel. This is the part that helps my son to concentrate on the book and he enjoys the most. The first teddy has a furry tummy which seems to be my sons favourite and to be honest I think is the best as well. There are also fuzzy ears, smooth paw pads, shiny raincoat and more. The pictures in the book are very simple and bold but very colourful too, ideal for the young audience.
This type of book I feel is suitable for a very young age group as it could with stand a good battering. Everything about it is simple. It is recommended for ages 0 to 3 years and I would have to agree with this. Every little child likes teddy bears so why wouldn't they like this book. My youngest son does enjoy listening to the story and he will sit with the book alone and look at the pages. My eldest who is four is too old for the book but that doesn't stop him having a feel of the textures and trying to come up with a name for the bear at the end. I also catch him trying to read the book from memory too which makes me smile.
Comparing it to the Usborne touch and feel 'That's not my..' range it is as good and they both have slightly different things about them. The Ladybird book has rhyming text where as the Usborne doesn't but has more repetitive text. The only thing my son misses is the little mouse he likes to find in the Usborne range but I wouldn't say it was that big a thing you would mark the Ladybird range down on.
Looking on the web there seems to be quite a range of these books like This Little Monster, This Little Fairy and This Little Monkey which would suitable for my sons! As with the Usborne range these books do come at a price and retail at £5.99 but currently this particular book is reduced to £4.69, not much of a saving but every penny counts! Like the Usborne range I do grudge paying that much for a book but I can't argue they are very good quality books which do help develop sensory and language development.
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