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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Fiona Watt / Board book / 12 Pages / Book is published 2003-01-31 by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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      23.07.2010 15:44
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      An excellent childrens book

      That's Not My Bear is one of the touchy feely books from Usborne. Its written by Fiona Watt and illustrated Rachel Wells. I bought mine from Amazon for about £3.00.

      Its a lovely chunky book that little hands can cope with and turn the pages on their own if they want to. The covers and all the pages are made of sturdy shiny card so any little dribbles or finger marks can be wiped of quickly and they are also made of paper from a sustainable forest.

      There are only actually 4 pages plus the covers to this book and they contain 5 double page pictures. There's not much text, just the words "that's not my bear" on the left hand page then on the other page there's a few words telling you why its not the right bear. There is a different bear on each page and each one has a part cut away and replaces with different materials and textures.
      The first bear has soft paws, the next bear has had his body replaced with fuzzy material, the third bear has a scratchy tongue, the fourth has shiny claws and the last one, which is the right bear, has lovely fluffy ears. There is also a white bear on the front cover with a rough nose.

      These textures are a lovely feature of this simple book, little people love feeling the different textures on their hands and it helps to bring the book to life. Its a nice added interest for them.
      Each page is brightly coloured and the pictures are simple, not too much detail. There is a small mouse that appears on most pages and some bees. Everything is outlined in quite thick black lines. The txt is large so an older child could follow the words or read alone.

      As I said I got my book from Amazon and the little ones I read it to love it. One thing they like to do is close their eyes and then feel a page and guess which bear it is by the different textures.
      That's not my bear has been worth every penny i paid for it and i would recommend it every time.

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        27.04.2010 18:35
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        Excellent first hard back book

        For Christmas my baby girl received her first That's not my... book. I had never heard of these books before but from the cover it looked very interesting. At the time she was only 7 months old and didn't show a lot of interest in books, now 4 months later she will sit on my lap or floor happily playing with books and I now feel she is at an age where the soft fabric books can be replaced with hard backed versions (with a certain level of supervision).


        ~The book~
        The book That's not my bear was first published in 2003 by Usborne publishers who are famous for baby and toddler books. It was written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells, they seem to do most of this series if not all.
        At 6 and a half inches square it is the perfect size for my daughter to hold on her own and as it's a board book (meaning the pages are thick sturdy cardboard) she can turn the pages herself even though sometimes 2 pages at a time. I also like the fact the story starts right from the front page drawing you in to reading it before you have consciously chosen it.


        ~Story~
        It is called a 'touchy-feely' book due to each page having a part of the bear made using different materials such as fur or velcro for you to interact with your child getting them involved with the story. The story itself is all about a child trying to find their bear by feeling different bears noses, tongues, claws, paws etc until on the 6th bear you find the correct one.

        ~Summery~
        A fantastic idea for children's books getting them to experience different textures to get them interested in reading books. Its is very brightly coloured and will catch little readers attention from bookshelves. It must be a very popular series as here are some of the other titles in the That's not my series:
        penguin, polar bear, mermaid, monster, princess, pony, truck, baby, teddy, pirate, dolly, lion, bunny, robot the list really does go on and on. There are also special Christmas editions of Santa, snowman and reindeer.
        Amazon sell these titles for £2.99 with free postage and packaging or Tesco are doing them buy one get one free £5.99 at the moment at Tesco.com. If you have trouble finding a particular title try www.usborne.com which sells all titles.

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          28.09.2009 22:10
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          A modern children's classic

          My kids have more than enough books at home but there was a sale of old books at the library the other week and I couldn't resist rehoming some poor unwanted books at just 10p each. Amongst my haul was 'That's Not My Bear', part of the classic Usborne series of board books for very young children.

          For anybody that hasn't come across one of these lovely little books before, each book features a certain animal or item with a particular characteristic made out of fabric or some other tactile substance. All of the books are written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells with bright clear images of the items in question. The series includes a fast range of topics and in our own collection we have 'That's Not My Train', 'That's Not My Bunny' and 'That's Not My Lion', so the format of this story was very familiar to my little boy.

          Like all the books, the story actually starts on the front cover, which features a cute koala bear with a nose that is 'too rough' and made out of a rubbery substance which just invites children and adults alike to touch it. The book continues along the same lines with different pictures of lions featured over the next eight pages. None of them are 'my bear' because their paws are too soft, body too fuzzy, tongue too scratchy, claws too shiny! Each picture uses a different touchable fabric or material to illustrate the point. This particular edition features both types of the fabric used in a velcro fastening (on different pages - not so that the pages stick together!) as well as felt, silver card and furry fabric so there are lots of different textures to delight the reader. The final page tells us 'That's my bear! His ears are so fluffy' complete with panda bear and big furry ears!

          Like the rest of the series, this is great for encouraging understanding about simple adjectives, fluffy, shiny and rough etc as well as labelling parts of the body and promoting a young child's vocabulary. It is also a great choice for slightly older children as they start learning to read because it is short and the words are relatively straightforward, helping to build their confidence and love of reading. My oldest used to enjoy reading the other books in this range to his baby brother and it was lovely watching them enjoying a book together and looking for the tiny little mouse that appears on each page. This particular version has added interest in the shape of the variety of bears featured - a grizzly bear, honey bear, koala, polar bear and a couple of pandas. Personally, I would have expected the last 'bear' to be a teddy bear as that would seem more fitting to a children's story. I had visions of the final bear being a teddy with a bright red ribbon, but the author obviously had other ideas!

          This series is suitable for even the tiniest of babies as the images are bold and clear and the pages are really thick, solid board so will withstand endless abuse. There are no tabs or pop-ups tempting little fingers to pull and tear! Ours is an ex-library copy so has been enjoyed by numerous children but is still in solid and perfectly readable condition with just a little wear to the top of the spine to testify to being 'well-loved'.

          The RRP is £4.99 but copies can be picked up for around £3-£4 on Amazon. Every child should have at least one of these books - I think I'm working on acquiring the whole series!

          ISBN 074605159X

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            06.09.2009 20:36
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            Good book but best to shop around for best deal

            I recently purchased this book for my daughter who has began to take an interest in books. I purchased it from amazon for £3 which is reasonable value for a hard back childrens book.

            The book itself is written by Fiona Watt, who introduces the reader into a number of bears. The aim being to find your bear.

            Each bear is not your bear for a number of reasons and the wording is along the lines of "Thats not my bear, its tongue is too scratchy". Each bear is provided with a reason why its not your bear and you are also provide with touch sensors relating to the reason. For example the tongue which is scratchy is indicated by a red velcro material and there are different materials used throughout the book.

            Overall it is a good book and my daughter particularly likes the ending where we find the correct bear which is the one with the fluffy ears.

            I believe that there are numerous other books in the range and I will be looking at this for her. It is an enjoyable book for children beginning to show an interest in books and learning and with it being hardback it is easy to keep clean and in good condition. I would recommend this book to others.

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            21.06.2009 15:48
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            A disappointment

            That's not my bear is written by Fiona Watt, and is part of the popular That's Not My range. I recently reviewed another book in this series which was my favourite, however I found this one a little disappointing.

            The aim of these books is to involve your child in the storytelling and encouraging interaction. My children love these books as they are touchy-feely books and it helps them to learn not only about animals, but to discover new textures and information.

            The cover is a nice shade of purple and features a white polar bear on the front cover which has a rough nose. Inside the book are a further five bears which each feature different materials and textures on their bodies. There is a brown bear, a panda, and a polar bear featured on the pages. This is what disappoints me slightly as in the other books, they use a wide range of colours and different illustrations on each page. Where as in this book they feature a brown bear twice, a polar bear twice and a panda twice, which is a bit confusing when you are saying that the Panda on page two is not your bear, but are then saying it is on the last page when you are presented with the panda again. For this reason, I feel that this book features a lot less imagination than the other bookes in the series and that the illustrations and pictures are as not as bright and interesting as they should be.

            On a plus side, it is a very easy to read book, and my two year old can now remember parts of the words in each sentence and she can now join in. Each page features a sentence of around ten words or less, so for this reason it does help to assist your child in learning to read.

            When I purchased this book the recommended retail price was £4.99 however this has recently increased in price to £5.99. I find this to be very expensive for a book which features only a few illustrations and only 44 words throughout the entire book. Considering that these are toddler books, I think that they should be made more financially viable for a parent, since giving the retail price you couldnt even get two for £10! Asda do however have an offer on at present where they are on sale for £3 each. I am unsure if this is a short term promotion or whether it is ongoing.

            Overall they are a great range of books, but this one does let the range down slightly and I would recommend others in the series before this one.

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              25.05.2009 13:32
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              a great little book for babies and toddlers

              This book is a must for any baby or toddlers library.

              It is made by Usborne books which have a great reputation for producing high quality books for children to learn and develop.

              That's not my bear is part of a large series of titles by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells that include of titles such as that's not my bunny, tractor kitten.

              The story as such always starts on the cover In The case of that's not my bear its "That's not my bear its nose is too rough" going through 4 other double pages of that's not my bear with different parts of the bear being described and having a touchy feely bit for the child to learn the word alongside the description eg "its body is too Fuzzy" The last page has That's My bear in and this book "his ears are so fluffy"

              The illustrations are of a high quality and bright and appealing too children. Each page also features a mouse hiding so as the child gets older they can try to spot the mouse as well.


              My son loves these books and has several in his collection each book always seems to have a favorite in the case of this book its the fuzzy bear. We started using this books with him at a very young age to help him appreciate books and as something to do with him and in the start we would need to move his hand to the touchy feely part but he is now so familiar with them that he can go straight to each part on the page. He hasn't started to say many words yet but I am hopeful that using these books will help him gradually add to his vocabulary.


              Where from- these books are available at most books shops Amazon and I have even seen them in our local Sainsburys and Tesco's. The cover price is £5.99 But They can be bought from about £3.49 (Amazon)

              I think these are great value and great fun to read and my son loves turning the pages to see each bear

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                25.03.2009 16:12
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                A good book to get your child to start loving books

                If you cannot read it really can hold you back and you miss out on so much in life, so therefore it is lovely to get children interested in books at a very early age and the earlier the better.

                That's not my bear is just the book to buy for a very young child to look at and get used to seeing words and a bit older to help read.

                This book is called a touchy-feely book

                You dont even have to open the book to see why as on the cover there is a picture of a kaola bear and the nose is cut out and replaced by black hard material that is probably plastic but when you put your fingers over it it is hard and tough. Under it is written its nose is too rough.

                The book itself measures 6 and a half inches by 6 and a half inches and the pages are board. There are 12 pages. The pictures are really bright and on each page there is a patch of different texture.

                On the first page it has paws that are soft, the picture is of a grizzly and if your children are a bit older they will know and point out the bees and the mouse on his head.

                All the pictures are on double pages.

                The second page has a panda which is fuzzy,

                Third has a scratchy tongue,

                4th the same as the front but his nails are too shiny

                5th you find the bear with his ears fluffy.

                When your child gets to be able to read, this will be a good book to start with although I do feel that by that time they will know the words off by heart and be able to memorize the word hense help with reading.

                It is written by Fiona Watt and illustrated so very nicely by Rachel Wells.

                My Grand daughter loves this book and never tires of me reading it to her and her fingering all the textures. Also as it is board the book doesnt look as if it is looked at a lot, although it is, or tatty with wear.

                I would definately recommend these books.

                Thank you for reading. x

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                  19.11.2008 16:51
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                  let down by some of the textures

                  I met my husand through internet dating and his slogan was "please look after this bear" so he has long been bear and I have been bearess, so when Bryn came along it made sense that he is little bear. So this book looked ideal when I wanted to get a book for him when shopping from Amazon.

                  The "That's not my.." is a series of books all with a familiar format and also contains many other books including animals (horse, dog), machinery (tractor, train) and fantasy (fairy, dragon).

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                  The book contains repetition which an older child can join in with of "that's not my bear" on every double page as well as the cover. The reasons that it isn't their bear links to vocabulary that 4 year olds would use in early science - rough, shiny, soft as well as some good adverbs - fuzzy, fluffy. There is a variety of bears which can be discussed - white (polar) bears, brown bears, panda bears. The panda bears are featured with bamboo while the brown bears are featured near wood - offering a discussion of food/habitat if the mood takes you. Though he doesn't understand it yet, I do point out the bamboo when we've had chinese food when we read this book the day after. Each double page also has a little white mouse on which could turn into a game to find. The illustrations are bold with a dark black outline to make them easy to perceive.

                  CONSTRUCTION
                  The book has thick cardboard pages which don't bend easily and are easy for young hands to use. The cover is larger and thicker than the rest of the book, making it easy to identify it and also to hold. The textures are all sunken, which can make them a bit hard for little hands to find, but does mean they are more likely to stay in place and the book can be shut flat. The fuzzy texture is good - a large size easy for small hands to find. The soft and rough and scratchy textures are moderate sized, but the shiny textured bit (claws) is far too small to be easy for small hands to reach and find it. The scratchy texture is made from velcro which I do worry is a bit too scratchy for very young hands to be exposed to. The fluffy texture at the end has moulted since we got this book (and was doing so on arrival), since the book is targeted at babies and toddlers - an age keen to explore everything with their mouths this worries me. Even after repeated attempts, more still seems to come off if I stroke my hand over the texture. As he gets older, I would be unwilling to leave my son unattended with this as a result.

                  Overall, it's a lovely idea and a nice book, but if I had seen it in the flesh, I wouldn't have ordered it due to the issues with textures.

                  RRP is £5.99. I got it for £2.49 from Amazon. These books are widely available from Amazon, Early Learning Centres, WH Smith, Waterstones etc.

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