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If you've ever bought Fairy washing products you'll know that periodically they do offers where you can get free Kipper books. I'm a bit slack when it comes to sending off for items, but I did manage to get two Kipper books out of the recent deal this summer.
I chose skates because my partner is very keen on roller hockey and I knew he would love to read a book to his daughter about skating.
Skates is a paperback book as part of the Little Kippers range. In the book we meet all the Kipper characters Kipper the dog, Tiger the tiger, Arnold the pig, and Pig, the young pig.
The story is set around Kipper and Tiger learning to skate. Tiger likes to think he is better at certain activities than Kipper is and most of the time, alas he isn't and ends up looking silly and Kipper turns into the hero of the hour and shines.
The storyline focuses on how Pig, Arnold and Kipper try to skate on both four wheels and also on Tiger's new in line skates.
The storyline tells of how they all practise before eventually getting better at the skating. It shows the child all the dangers of skating and how you must protect yourself.
The Little kipper's books are aimed at preschool children, but they are definitely stories to be read to your child. The words are too complicated for a child to use as a first reader, but the descriptions put into the stories and the emotions used by the reader make these a great descriptive book for any young child to listen to.
The pictures in the book are simple drawings but well placed and designed. There is a lot of background to be able to follow on from the story and interact with your child further with the book.
I sit down with my daughter and read this over and over. She loves books anyway, but having these Kipper books read to her is a daily occurrence as she brings them to us often. The book only takes a couple of minutes to read fully. With 10 pages, it's a good short story, but the child gets a lot of story from a short book.
As the books are paperback, it's advisable to keep them out of young children's toy boxes and on shelves as they can be easily ripped and broken.
The Kipper range is written by Mick Inkpen, and he has written many different Kipper books. Retailing at £3.99 this book can be found cheaper on sites such as Amazon.