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Authors: Fiona Watt,Rachel Wells / Format: Board book / Date of publication: 30 July 2004 / Genre: Novelty Books / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Interactive & Activity Books & Packs / Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd / Title: That's Not My Fairy / ISBN 13: 9780746062609 / ISBN 10: 0746062609

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      17.07.2013 21:07
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      Lovely starter book

      My eldest daughter was bought this book when she was younger and since it has been passed down to my youngest daughter, the book is one of the Usbourne touchy-feely books which we have quite a collection of and the RRP is £5.99 but you can currently buy it on Amazon for £4.49 with free delivery.

      The book is a hard backed book and is made of board making it easier for little hands to turn the pages, the book is quite small being about 2/3 as tall as an A4 sheet and just as wide. I generally like larger books so that they can sit over mine and my childs knees making it easy for me to read and them to see the pictures easily instead of it ending up a tug o war with a book.

      On the front there is the title of the book and then a picture of a cartoon fairy holding a wand which is metallic silver and wearing a dress which is a mix of colours and made of fabric through a hole cut out in the cover of the book. The front of the book is great as it's nicely coloured although definitely aimed at a girl and it has the first of the touchy parts to gain your childs interest.

      The book has 5 double pages in it and each one has a different fairy on them, 4 of the pages have the words "that's not my fairy" on them and then a reason why it isn't the correct fairy. You have a page where the wings are too fluffy which has fur like material for the wings, slippers that are too bumpy which has multi coloured bumpy paper for the slippers, a crown that is too smooth which is made out of metallic smooth card and finally hair that is too frizzy made out of brown short piled fluffy material. On the last page it is the correct fairy pictured and she has a very sparkly wand.

      Each of the pages is nicely coloured, they have a bold coloured background then the fairy is drawn largely across the 2 pages, the fairy is surrounded by extra bits on each page such as little stars and a little fairy mouse on every page.

      Both my girls loved this book and it has been read that many times now that Emily can tell you what is wrong with each and every fairy so we don't even need to read the book anymore, Emily will happily sit with this book herself and read it in her own way. The different feel of fabrics were interesting to the girls when they were younger but not so much any more but they are nice when first introducing children to books and different textures.

      There are lots of different books in this range, some are obviously aimed at girls and some are obviously aimed at boys but either sex can read them, the books are decent value and great beginner books although even my youngest daughter is really past this stage.

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        28.05.2012 23:28
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        A good book from a good collection

        We are now starting to amass quite the collection of these 'That's not my....' baby hardback books, as they are a very popular choice with my 9 month old daughter who is mesmerized by them. Recently, with a little bit of money left on an Amazon voucher, I thought I would get her another of these books, and saw this one 'That's not my fairy' which I thought she would like, given that she is a girl, and she loves one about an angel which she got last CHristmas.

        All these books are part of the Usbourne Touchy Feely books, and have all been written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells, so all of the books follow a similar storyline with similar brightly coloured pictures.

        As I would have expected this book is very girly and is bright pink in colour. Each page features a different fairy with something for the child to feel and touch, this ranges from bumpy slippers, to frizzy hair, as well as a smooth crown and fluffy wings. On each page, there is a little mouse (as with all the books) who is searching for his/her 'fairy', which is why each page starts with 'That's not my fairy...' and the mouse finds something that makes this fairy not the right one.

        My daughter is now at the stage where she loves to feel the different textures on the page and enjoys studying and feeling every picture, so these books really hold her attention, but even if your child isn't at that stage, they will still enjoy the story, as my little girl has enjoyed these books since she was 3 months old or so, which I think was always due to the large bright pictures.

        THe only negative I have about these books as a whole is that although in one way it is good that there is a consistency to the books, this one seemed a bit 'samey' and I thought some of the things such as the fluffy wings were a repeat of other books in the range, so I was a tad disappointed, even though my daughter loved it from the moment I first read it to her. So all in all, this is still a lovely range of books for young children and babies and certainly a big hit with my daughter.

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          02.02.2012 23:08
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          Thats not my fairy

          This is a lovely little book that my little girl received for Christmas last year. I love the series of, "that's not my...." books by Fiona Watt so I dropped a few hints to Grandparents and told them which ones we already had and this one was new to us and a nice addition to our collection. 

          This one was a really nice book to receive for Christmas as its all about a fairy and if you can't dress up and play with fairies during Christmas then when can you!! The series of, "That's not my...," 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." What I really like about them is that they just contain a very short simple story but its long enough to read to small children and I think it will capture their attention and this book in particular one my little girl wants to read again and again as she likes the fairies in it and also the bright colours. 

          This book is a lovely girly pink colour which I think is another reason why my little girl likes it because at the moment pink is definitely her favourite colour although that will probably change next week. The front cover has lots of lovely little sparkly silver stars all over it so to begin with it is very eye-catching. In the book we see lots of different pictures of fairies but learn the reasons why that is not my fairy. For example on one page that is not my fairy because her wings are too fluffy. On another page we learn that her slippers are too bumpy. Another fairy has a crown that is too smooth and one who's hair is too frizzy. On the final page we learn thats my fairy as her wand is so sparkly. 

          All the illustrations of fairies in this book are nice and bright and colourful and very eye catching. This is such a perfect little book for girls. I think the book like all the books in this range is of 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.This book was a gift but you can see from the back of the book that it retails at £5.99.

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          05.05.2010 18:54
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          Lovely touchy feely book to delight your child!

          'That's not my Fairy... 'is written by Fiona Watt and published by Usborne Books Ltd.

          I just love the 'That's not my ... ' children's books as they are so delightfully sensory. Each book is around ten pages long and they are made of thick board that is easy to wipe clean. This is very useful since the books are touchy feely and meant to stand up to a lot of handling by little fingers.

          The cover is pink and shows a picture of a flying fairy with lots of silver stars.
          'That's not my Fairy' tells the simple story of the little mouse who is looking for his fairy. On each page he finds reasons why the particular fairy is not the correct one. Each page has a particular texture for the child to touch and discuss. Eg. A shiny dress or frizzy hair.

          The text is very simple and on the first page it reads as follows:
          'That's not my fairy.'
          'Her wings are too fluffy' There is a picture of a fairy with soft pink fluffy wings. Lovely to stroke.
          On the last page mouse finds the correct fairy.

          Anyone who has a little girl should buy this book. It is delightfully pink and girly. It is suitable for babies and children from 9 months to around 5 years although I have seen older children enjoy it too as the feely bits are so appealing.

          Although there is hardly any story really, there is a lot to talk about, e.g find the mouse who appears on every page. This makes it an ideal book to develop language skills.

          I stuck braille in this book for a visually impaired child and along with the other 'That's not my ...' series, it is very suitable to help develop tactile skills in an enjoyable way. I also put in a few additional raised stickers e.g. silver stars to make it even more fun as well as a sticker to represent the mouse.

          The books are on sale for around £5.99 which may seem a lot for a ten page book but they will be read many times and can be passed on to younger brothers, sisters or friends. Look out for special offers though as you can often find them cheaper.
          Amazon have then used for 1p but you will have to pay postage.

          Thanks for reading.

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            19.07.2009 09:03

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            We don't read this to our child

            Whilst I agree with all of the reviewers' comments, the thing that I did not like about this book was how people or colour are presented. Maybe I'm being too sensitive, I don't know.

            The fairies that are brown or have yellow skin tend to be at the start of the book. Your child reads that these are not his/her fairies. Surprise surprise, the fairy that is your child's has a white complexion. Why couldn't your child's fairy be a fairy of colour?

            We also have the "That's not my angel" which is a Christmas version. This too has angels who have dark skin at the start of the book and these of course are not your child's angel. Your child's angel is blonde with rosy red cheeks.

            Should we be concerned that we are teaching our children with this book that they cannot accept and relate to people who do not have white skin?

            Please do forgive me if I am going overboard, but we do not read these books to our child.

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            26.06.2009 22:36
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            A great way to encourage senses and interaction through stories

            My my youngest child was born, my brother bought this book for my older daughter. She was nearly 3 at the time and was feeling a little left out with her sister getting all the presents.

            So when her Uncle turned up with a gift for her, he was new her best friend. She took it straight from him and eagerly unwrapped it. I was waiting with anticipation as my brother usually buy them most silly gifts like snakes that jump out of tubes or farting putty (that sticks to the carpet forever). Obviously he doesnt have any children yet but wait till he does and it wil be pay back time.

            Anyway inside was this beautiful pink book called 'That's not my fairy' by Fiona Watt. The pink cover had a simple fairy on it with a padded shimmery pink dress.

            This a board book that has 12 pages in it.

            Each page has a picture of a different fairy on it with the line 'Thats not my fairy' and has endings such as 'her hair is to curly' and the illustration on that page is a fairy with brown curly hair that you can feel, one page reads 'her shoes are too bumpy' and she has bumpy shoes for the child to feel.

            The final page reads 'thats my fairy..................' but I will not spoil it for you by revealing why.

            The illustrations and touch and feel sections on each page really make this book adorable.

            I was delighted with this gift, for my daughter, and was even happier to discover that there is a whole range of these books including another one that we have called 'Thats not my monster'.

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            25.01.2009 21:48
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            A fab little book.

            I am amazed how this book has captured my daughters attention. She is 8 months old and most books just want to go straight in her mouth - but she actually wants to sit and read this one!

            It starts on the front cover with "That's not my fairy...her dress is too shiny" and the dress of the fairy is slightly padded in a shiny material. The dress gets touched and studied before she grabs the cover to open the book! To find "That's not my fairy...her wings are too fluffy" with lovely pink fluffy wings that get pawed over! Then with a little bit of help from Mummy she turns the page to find "That's not my fairy...her slippers are too bumpy" with pink shiny bumpy textured slippers to be explored, we then get "That's not my fairy...her crown is too shiny", this one seems to get passed over quite quickly for some reason but the shiny crown does get fingered. We then move on to "That's not my fairy...her haor is too frizzy" with brown fairy hair made of felt material, which again she loves to stroke. Finally we get too "That's my fairy!...her wand is so sparkly" with a lovely shiny holographic star to be pondered over - before we start all over again!

            I got this book second hand and it is still in very good condition so they seem to be sturdy books. The pages are thick board and the books are easy for little fingers to manipulate as they aren't too big or heavy.

            The pages close well, the fluffy one does raise a bit but not enough to cause any storage problems.

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            04.11.2008 10:57
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            If you got a little girl that loves touching books get ther this one.

            This is another one of the books in the "that's not my" set. The books are aimed at the younger children aged between 9 months and 5 years old.

            This book though is a must from anyone with a little girl that loves fairies and pink. The book is bright pink with shinny starts all over the front of the book.

            The book follows the same format as all the books in this range. Each page has the same start to the story "that's not my fairy....". Then it comes up with reasons why it's not the right fairy.

            The example on the front page is " that's not my fairy... her dress is too shiny". The colourful pictures on the page then have textures added to the item that's not right on the fairy. With the example of the dress being too shiny. The dress is then made of soft silky material so when it is touched it feels shiny. This is great for the younger child as it gets to touch different materials when reading the book.

            As with all the books in this range you will notice in these sets of book is that there is always a little mouse hiding on the page. I tend to when reading the book with my children let them try to find the little mouse on the page. They love looking for it and finding it.

            This book can be bought at Early Learning Centre for around £5.99 but it is often included in an offer. Currently ELC has it included in a 3 for 2 offer this means you could buy other books from the "that's not my" range.

            This book in the range is undoubtedly the most girly book in the range. Buy this book for your little princess and she will love looking at it and touching it for a many years.

            This was the first book in this range that we bought and it got us hooked on the range as it was great to read a few of these books at bedtime. It would make a great little birthday present or extra stocking filler for Christmas.

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              22.10.2008 23:13
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              A fun little book

              It was my daughter who spotted this book on the shelf in the bookshop and I think it was the bright pink cover with little sparklers all over it which attracted her attention.

              My daughter absolutely loves this little book. She loves listening to the story as we read through the book as it is very simple and easy for her to follow and repetitive - and we all know how much toddlers love repetition!

              Like many toddler books, there isn't much of a story to the book. It simply reads on each page 'That's not my fairy....' and then a reason why (for example 'her wings are too fluffy'.

              But the difference with this series of books which is great fun for the toddler is that what ever the reason, a different texture is incorporated. So where the wings are too fluffy, the page has a big pair of fluffy wings for the toddler to touch (and cuddle in my daughter's case!).

              The book is beautifully illustrated, with big colourful pictures and plenty of sparkles along the way and of course a different texture to explore on each page.

              There are six fairies in total, including the final page where we do actually find the right fairy, so it is a bit short I suppose - it only takes a couple of minutes to read including the time spent touching the various 'touchy-feely' bits. But, it is a hit with my daughter, and the cardboard pages make it very durable.

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              02.09.2007 13:40
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              Highly recommended!

              "That's Not My Fairy" is the perfect book for 1-3 year olds as it is very simple, easy to read, short and has interesting images. The best part of this touchy-feely series is the textured parts on the pages, which toddlers can touch while a parent reads the story. For example, on the front cover is a picture of a fairy with a shiny fabric textured dress for the toddlers to touch and it reads "That's not my fairy...her dress is too shiny."

              The other textures in the book are fluffy, bumpy, smooth, frizzy and sparkly. What also makes the pictures special is the use of silver and holographic printed foils (like a silver "ink") that are seamlessly on the page and complement the pictures in sparing amounts (such as stars coming out of a wand or decoration on a crown). This series of books has different textures and specialities for each book - I also own "That's Not My Car" and it has bumpy headlights and squishy hubcaps and so on.

              Both of my children (10mths and 3 years) LOVE looking at these books and enjoy touching the textured parts. A mouse is also part of the pictures and is doing something different on each page. I found this helped hold the attention of the older child while the younger one was busy trying to stuff the book into his mouth.

              "That's Not My Fairy" is a lovely book, printed exceptionally well and a lot of thought went into making its fine presentation. At five double page spreads and one single page (including the cover) the story is short enough for toddlers to get through and also short enough that the parents feel able to be enthusiastic about after a hard day's parenting. I highly recommend this book - buying it new is preferred (as a lot of touching goes on) but as the book can be a bit pricey, secondhand is better than none. I bought mine at a local bookstore in Australia but I believe the book is actually cheaper at Amazon.co.uk. Trust me - this book is an invaluable addition to your child's library!

              OTHER SIMILAR (Touchy-Feely) FIONA WATT BOOKS:
              *That's Not My Car
              *That's Not My Puppy
              *That's Not My Train
              *That's Not My Robot
              *That's Not My Monster
              *That's Not My Teddy
              *That's Not My Lion
              *That's Not My Dinosaur
              *That's Not My Penguin
              *That's Not My Bear
              *That's Not My Dragon

              OTHER INFORMATION:
              Publisher: Usborne Publishing Pty Ltd
              Year Published: 2004
              IBSN No: 9 780746 062609

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