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I already had a book from the same series called 'Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars' which my daughter really enjoyed so I was very pleased when our neighbour decided to buy my daughter this book for her second birthday.
There appears to be quite a few books in this style which are 'Ten .....' and have the plastic animals embedded in the book. Others I have found include Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars' by Debbie Tarbett and Ten Shiny Fish by Ruth Galloway.
---Features of the book:
This book is a hardback square book with a lovely bright front cover and pages. The front cover shows the name of the book in fun purple writing at the top and the authors name in the centre at the bottom. The rest of the cover is filled with a picture of a lot of flowers on a yellow background with a trail of ten holes through which different designs of plastic flying bugs can be seen.
As you go through each page of the book, it tells you how many bugs there are and what they are doing. They meet lots of other animals along the way such as a porcupine, giraffe, bats and monkeys. On the second half of the page, one of them decides to stay behind to do something else so on the next page there is one less bug. This continues through the book until there is only one bug left who is off to find his friends. On the final double page though, there are now ten bugs who have met back up at some flowers and are having a tasty treat of the nectar.
My daughter loves books, especially pop-up ones and this one is no exception. The bright colours attract her attention and she is able to go through the book herself as the pages are easy for her to turn. She had pop-up books from an earlier age and over enthusiastically destroyed the pop-up at the end of the boo (see my review of ten wriggly caterpillars) but now she is older, she is much more careful with her books and she really enjoys looking at the pictures in this one and trying to count how many bugs there are.
I also think this book is good from an educational point as you can teach children the words that are written in the book as well as the different things that are shown on each page. The words are written in a rhyme so they are easy to read so will help your child to learn them and listen more closely. There are only a couple of lines on each page so it doesn't look too daunting either. Because there are the plastic snails on each page, it can help with counting as you can count each one on the pages. It also shows you the number at the top of each page so children can learn them more easily.
This book also has some slightly more unusual animals in it and my daughter is now learning how to say porcupine and hummingbird. She knows that a porcupine has spikes and says 'ow' when she touches the page. There is also a toucan, monkeys, a giraffe as well as all the little bugs. They are nicely drawn and you can easily tell what animals they are meant to be.
I would definitely recommend this book for young children. If you are happy to put up with a bit of destruction to the book then it is definitely suitable from about 6 months. Otherwise I would wait until your child is about 2 or make sure you read it with them at all times. The book is priced at £8.99 which is a little pricey although most books are expensive now! But I have seen and bought it cheaper from various places and would definitely recommend it if you can get it! My daughter has had this for 5 months now and is showing no sign of tiring of it as it is frequently a choice for bedtime reading.