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Farm Yard Feel
Spot's Touch and Feel Farm - Eric Hill
Member Name: Julie449
Spot's Touch and Feel Farm - Eric Hill
Advantages: Great introduction to textures, and good as a starting to read book.
Disadvantages: none for me
I loved Spot growing up, as did my husband, so when we had our son, Spot books were a must. There are lots of Spot books, and dvds out there and my son has many, some of which used to be his Daddy's. I have previously reviewed the Spot Loves His Mum book.
We bought this book for my son on his first birthday and it was one of the first spot books we bought him.
Spot's Touch and feel farm is one of many spot books by Eric Hall. This book is one of the larger spot books available and is slightly smaller than A4 in size. The pages are that of a board book. The cover is slightly thicker than the pages. Like I mentioned in my other Spot Book review I really like books with sturdy board pages as they tend to last longer and are alot harder to damage. They also have that wipe clean feel, so they can be easily wiped clean with a baby wipe. The book consists of 10 pages. Each page has a large bright classic spot illustration, and has large font, bold black writing.
Like most Spot books, this book doesn't follow a story as such, more like statements of things Spot has seen or done at the farm. I think this is a good thing with this book as it is aimed at young children, and due to all the touch and feel elements that feature on each page, there is lots to see and do (feel). Each two pages feature one thing spot has seen or done while at the farm. For example the first two pages, "Moo! Spot milks a cow.' There is a detailed picture of Spot milking a cow, and the surrounding farm, there is a touch and feel element on one page. The next eight pages follow the same layout, and each feature a different animal, and also each have two touch and feel elements. The front cover also has some touch and feels, including a bright yellow fluffy chick.
The book states it is suitable for 12 months plus. I believe that it would be fine for a slightly younger child too. This book is a great way to introduce children to different textures, and I used to love watching my son's face when he experienced a new texture for the first time, that look of what's that mummy. I also think that the farm is a good topic you can talk to your child about, and this book helps teach children about farm animals and there surroundings. It also helped my son to understand where things came from. For example milk comes from a cow and chickens give us eggs. The touch and feel elements allowed my son to entertain himself, as he didn't need me to read it to him for him to be able to enjoy it. This was handy for when I needed to get a quick job done. I have also found Spot books, including this one excellent at helping my son to read, as the words are mostly basic and there are only 5 or so words on each page. Plus the words are in a large font.
Overall I think this is a really great book, not only for very young children, but for those a little older and starting to learn to read, like my son who is now 3 almost 4. It provides a good topic to discuss with your child, but also has an element of fun with the touch and feel magic.
The RRP of this book is £6.99, but you can get it much cheaper online. We picked it up in a local discounted book store for a few pounds.
Summary: Spot's off to the farm in this touch and feel book
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