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I love reading bed time stories to Little B and this book is one which we often read before bed time. Now that it is nearly Christmas we are reading it a bit more often too!
Little B loves books of all kinds but her favourite of all are books which are interactive, She loves being able to interact with a book, it is juts so much more enjoyable for her and brings the story to life. This book is part of a series of books which are interactive because they are 'touchy feely'. We have several on Little B's bookshelf.
This book is a festive one as it's all about an angel from the top of a Christmas tree. On each page of the book there is a different angel which has part of her body made up with a touchy feely part and words describing it. Children can then feel the body part and understand the sensation they have due to the adjective used to describe it such as 'fuzzy', 'scaly' 'soft' and so forth.
The book tells of 'that's not my angel...' and explains why. Each angel is different until at the end it is announced 'that's my angel!'
The pictures are very bold and clear with just simple colours and very little else. In the background of some pages are some Christmassy patterns like stars and snowflakes but that is all and that works really well as children can then just focus on the main character which is the angel.
Also on each page is a little mouse. This appears everywhere and adds an extra prt to the book- we spend time trying to spot where the mouse is on each page and this is very fun for Little B!
We have several of these books now and they have lasted a long time and still remain in very good condition. They are made from a thick board so they are substantial. Little B has drawn on a few but aside from that they are perfectly fine. They are thick so babies can't scrunch up the pages or rip them. This makes the book quite heavy, I know when Little B was younger she'd often drop it and we did have a few tears from time to time but by the time she was about a year old she was able to hold the book for herself without any assistance.
The book is written by Fiona Watt and published by Usborne. It sells for around £5. Also in the series are many other books including:
That's not my tractor
That's not my car
That's not my teddy
That's not my puppy
and several others too. They are an ideal book for a very young child. We have given a few as gifts before so if you are looking for a Christmas present still then this is a good idea! Little B loves feeling the interactive parts and looking for the mouse. It's a simple layout so easy for young children to be able to concentrate on and follow.
By now my baby girl has a well establised bedtime routine that involves sharing two short books with her before she goes to sleep. Obviously her concentration is limited so the books that I chose have to be bright, colourful and not too long. One present that my little girl received this Christmas from her grandparents was this Usbourne book 'That's not my angel' which is part of the Usbourne Touchy Feely Book range, of which I now have three. These books usually retail at around the £3 or £4 mark, which I think is pretty good value as they are hard backed, meaning they should last a lot longer than a paperback, especially when your baby wants to put everything in their mouth.
As can be seen from the picture at the top of the screen, this is a book about an angel, and therefore this is ultimately a Christmas related book, however I see no reason why it can't be used throughout the year, and in fact I plan to continue to use this until my daughter wants to look at longer books. This angel that is on the front cover is at the top of the tree, and the books takes you through a variety of angels with different features until you find the correct angel that is right for the tree.
The great thing about this range of books is the touchy feely parts. My daughter is almost at the stage where she can reach out and touch the parts of the page that are textured. Within this book there are a range of textures on each page on each of the different angels such as bumpy slippers, squashy sleeves, soft hair etc etc At the very end of the book, the real angel is known by her fluffy white wings.
These books are not long which is perfect for a young baby who will only concentrate for a short time, and in fact my daughter will look at this book the entire way through without getting distracted. She loves looking at all the bright and colourful images on the page and when she is more coordinated she will be able to fully appreciate the different textures on the pages which she can touch.
This is a lovely book to share with a baby, especially around Christmas time, but in fact I think it could be shared throughout the year. This is a really lovely range of books from Usbourne, priced very well and very suitable for encouraging even the youngest child will an enjoyment of books from an early age.
Just in time for Christmas, read all about this lovely angel.
I have lots of lovely little girl babies to buy for this year as my brother had twins this year and so did my best friend. One of the first range of books I went to buy from is the "That's not my ....." range from Usborne books and written by Fiona Watt. We have a number of these books and really enjoy them and this one is no exception. I bought the angel one as its really girly and cute and perfect for this time of year. The books are described by Usborne as "This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches."
This book has a lovely purple colour with little sparkly silver stars all over it. On the front of this book is a lovely Christmas angel is a sparkly puffy silver dress but That's not my angel as her dress is too smooth. We go on to find out that That's not my angel as her hair is too soft, her skirt is too silky, her slippers are too bump and her sleeves are too squashy. On the final two pages we see a beautiful angel with out spread wings and find out that this is my angel as her wings are so fluffy! The wings are lovely and fluffy and fun for little fingers to feel.
All the angels in this book are really nicely illustrated and feature lots of sparkly accessories and embellishes to their dresses making it wonderfully eye-catching and a perfect little book for girls. The book is great quality. It's A5 size and a robust board book so it'd hardback and chunky and can withstand lots of banging, chewing, etc.
I bought this book for £5.99 in The Early Learning Centre and am hoping it will make a well received gift.