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Being a huge fan of the Hello Baby range by Priddy Books I was eager to see what they had to offer in their other collections when I was looking for books for the boys last Christmas. After a little searching I came across Quack! Quack! by Louise Rupnik part of Priddy Books Baby Touch and Feel Range. The cute little yellow duckling on the cover with it's fluffy yellow touchable stomach immediately grabbed my attention and so Quack! Quack! was quickly added to my shopping cart.
Featuring six adorable baby animals each page encourages little ones to interact with and explore the different textures that the touch and feel cut outs offer. The bright colours throughout the book provide a great contrast and the written animal sounds are fun for both young and old readers.
Made from paperboard the book is sturdy and well made, it's survived nearly a year worth of mistreatment from my boys and shows very little wear. The arch shaped design of Quack! Quack is also very appealing as you don't have to worry about any corners poking little eyes.
Overall Quack! Quack! is a great little beginner book that offers sensory development. Both my boys adore it and I have to agree with them.
Where I got the book:
My son is besotted with his Priddy books (they're a branch of touch and feel books for babies and go down a storm.) It seems that a lot of the things we have for him come from other people or are gifts (such is life with Baby Number One, I suppose) and so this is another gift from his Grandparents he's been able to enjoy.
About the book:
This book is a charming little touch and feel sensory book with different animals featured throughout. On the front there is a picture of a yellow chick and when the book is opened out, the chick is on the other side. Each page has a different animal for baby to clap, stroke and "meet." They each have different textures and text next to them - I have to admit to making a complete fool of myself imitating all kinds of farm yard animals ;) - but I'm okay with that, after all entertainment has to come at some cost ;).
I love these books as my son absolutely loves the different textures and colours they seem to offer. The pages are nice and thick so it will be pretty easy for a baby to grasp each page and turn the pages - and they will nom the pages!
I also think the publishers did a great job at finding some of the cutest photos of baby animals to fill out the pages as every page fills me with an "aww" every time.
I was on the look out for these kinds of books when my son started to take an interest in books (from around 3 months old) and luckily my Mum bought him this - I love it and would definitely recommend it for babies and even toddlers as it will introduce them to different textures, colours and sounds (with your help, of course.)
It was during a visit to WH Smith that my little boy spotted Priddy Books' Quack! Quack! sitting on the shelf. With its cover depicting a young chick with a touch and feel furry belly he was immediately drawn to it. I reached it down for him to take a look and could not have put it back if I had wanted to!
Quack! Quack! By Louise Rupnik is a fantastic offering from Priddy Books Touch and Feel Series. This particular series of books is perhaps a little similar to Usborne's That's Not My... range which also have touch and feel elements throughout.
The concept of the book is rather simple, we are shown six different baby animals and asked to explore their touch and feel textured areas. For example on one page we are shown a curious piglet and asked if we can touch our nose with his nose.
Situated somewhere around each animal is the sound that the animal makes, for example 'Oink! Oink!' These words also have a touch and feel element as they are slightly raised and have a velvety texture, as do the title on the cover and on the spine of the book.
The book is quite tall and relatively large, however it is not oversized and is easy for a young child to grasp. The thick pages of this board book also make it very suitable for younger children.
From an educational element this book does well to encourage sensory awareness in younger babies with its textured areas. For slightly older children perhaps it also teaches the sounds that animals make. Overall it is plenty of fun, it will draw in young children and is simply a joy to read.
My son is almost one and a half and very much enjoys books. He also has a love of "quack quack's" and so this book was an ideal buy for him. He has been drawn to this book time and time again and never fails to lose interest in the touch and feel elements. In particular he loves to feel the chick's fluffy feathers on his cheek and will rub noses with the piglet just as the book asks. As we read through the book he will attempt to make the noises of some of the animals.
Quack! Quack! by Louise Rupnik is as aforementioned available at WH Smith. Since my purchase it has now been reduced by 20% and is priced at just £3.99. This is an excellent price for such a stimulating and interactive book and I intend to seek out a few more for my son's collection.