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We get a book club that comes around to work with books and gifts for all ages and I managed to purchase 4 of these books from them for £5, each book has a RRP of £4.99 so I believe I got myself a real bargain. My eldest daughter was very difficult to get interested in books and I bought these for her first borthday hoping that the added sparkle of the book would encourage her. This book is currently selling for £4.16 on the Amazon site and is produced by Tick tock media this one being first published in 2007.
The book is approximately A5 in size and is a hardback book, the main colour of the book is a bright blue and the spine is sections into four coloured yellow, pink, green and mauve with the title written at the top of the spine and little ticktock written at the bottom of the spine. The front of the book has alsorts going on, there is a row of fish across the top with other sea creatures floating around a driver in the middle, the bottom of the cover is made to look like a sea bed and there are some gold sparkly bits such as the divers top. On the back of the book it says dive into the sparly world of ocean animals and states that it hels with early learning fun with colours, counting practice, first words and spotting and picture recognition activies.
Inside the book there are five pages so it is good for a first book, the pages are thick cardboard to make it easy for little fingers to manipulate. Each page has a different type of activty on it, on the first page there are lots of fishes and shells under the sea and there are bits of which that are cut out and replaced with gold and silver holographic sparkles. Rather than much text in these books there are tasks to be completed, the task on the first page is to see how many fish and shells the child can count. All the fish on the page are very brightly coloured and are simple drawings so they are attractive to a young child.
On the second page of the book there are lots of pictures of creatures which live under the sea with the instruction of "can you see the deep sea diver?" There are creatures such as shark, seahorses, jellyfish, stingray, starfish and crab so I think it covers a wide range of creatures. The page is set out like the bottom of the sea as in the previous page and is also very bright with the same sparkly accents on the page, my daughter always liked rubbing the sparkle bits i think she expected each one to feel different rather than them all being smooth.
On the third page the child is asked to name the colours of a row of fish listed to bottom on the side of the page, there is red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, green and blue, I think this is good a it covers all the main colours that a child starts to learn with. On the page there is also numerous pictures of more animals from under the sea and these are all different colours and the majority of these are brightly colour with sparkly bits apart from a brown and muted yellow spotty fish and stripey snake. My daughter liked to match the colours listed along the side to the colour of the creatures in the main pictures and was very pleased with herself when she could get them all correct.
The fourth page has the numbers from one to ten list along one side of the book in black bold, in the main picture there are 7 different sets of creatures and the question of how many there are of three of these sets of creatures which means that you can ask your child to count the extra ones aswell. The creatures to be counted are grouped together on the page to make this task easier.
The fifth and final page is finding the odd one out, there are four sets of different creatues all of which are grouped together so as not to make the task too difficult and the child is asked to pick the odd on out. The odd one out is always the creature which has some sparkle to it so once the child can pck out one they canpick out them all. The groups of creatues also has the number of how many there are of them written underneath so you can reiterate numbers to your child too.
I really found these books fantastic and as my daughter has just turned four we have now removed the books from her room and transfer them to our babies for her beginning to enjoy books although I do think she is going to enjoy books alot quicker than my eldest did. The books are short enought to hold the childs interest which was often the problem with my daughter and gets them involved in the book too. When she first got these books there wasn't much of the book that she could manage but as she has grown she has been able to do a little more bit by bit until finally she could complete the book with ease. Every page is bright simple and sparkly and even if I had paid full price for each book I wouldn't have been disappointed.
My little boy was recently given some new books for his collection as a gift from his grandparents. One of these books was My Ocean Creatures Sparkle Book.
My Ocean Creatures is a relatively small book with thick pages making it suitable for children of a younger age. Its shiny surface makes it easy to wipe clean if necessary.
This book has a similar concept to a touch and feel book, having cut-out areas with gold and silver reflective foil situated underneath. The detail makes the book all the more intriguing for children. My son in particular loves to run his fingers along the foil and examine each illustration.
Being just one and a half, this book probably has more benefit to children who are a little older due to its educational content. However for now he has the enjoyment of the sparkling pictures and will point out the fish as he spots them throughout the book. He will no doubt enjoy this book on another level as he grows older.
My Ocean Creatures Sparkle Book has just five pages, yet it is crammed full with fun ways to learn. Each page has an underwater scene, on the first page we are asked how many fish and how many shells we can spot. This of course encourages counting skills. The second page asks us to spot the deep sea diver amongst the fish. Each fish and sea creature is also named in clear text, teaching recognition skills. The third page concentrates on the colours of the sea creatures, with some having the colour stated next to them and others whereby we are asked to state the colour. The fourth page asks us to count how many there are of each sea creature and the final page asks us to spot the odd one out.
This book is very interactive and is a great way of teaching your child essential skills through reading. The various activities throughout the book are challenging yet fun. The illustrations are bright and attractive and the sparkle elements further enhance that.
Though it is of benefit to slightly older children it is also enjoyable for younger children who will learn to take part in the activities as they grow.
My Ocean Creature Sparkle Book is currently available from Amazon at just £4.99, a great price for such a fun and educational book!