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My daughter is a big lover of reading books, and these touchy-feely Usborne books were her favourite (and still are!) and she already has That's not my donkey, This little fairy and a new addition for her upcoming birthday next week (early birthday present for her!) is this book That's not my princess....
By Fiona Watt, this is another in her range of books aimed at little ones in the ever expanding the "That's not my..." range. That's not my princess book is a bright, colourful and playful book which my daughter loves, especially as she thinks she is a princess these days! The lines are simple, and follow a repetitive pattern such as "that's not my princess, her sash is too velvety" and "that's not my princess, her dress is too thick".
The repetitiveness of the dialogue of course makes the book very memorable, so my daughter feels independent reading this book on her own, (after reading it a number of times with me first) and it embeds in her memory the story and description, as she knows on each page what the outcome is e.g. when she turns the page to see the fluffy fan, she already knows the line is "that's not my fairy, her fan is too fluffy!" The simple grammatical structures make this easier for her to understand and for her to construct her own sentences as previously she used to say things like "mummy the drink is cold" whereas now she will express her feelings more accurately by saying "mummy the drink is too cold!"
At almost 3 years old now, my daughter enjoys reading this book as she is much more confident in turning the pages herself, and feeling the part of princess which is too thick/furry/bumpy. This book is great as it expands her vocabulary massively as she associates the adjective bumpy, with a particular feel, so now when she is out and about and feel's something new she will proudly shout to me "mummy it is bumpy!"
The book is bright pink, so of course very girly and optimum for little diva's! In a way it is a lot similar to the "This little fairy" book she already has, but has different descriptions and pictures to make it more unique and a bit more varied.
The pictures are big and bold, and are clear for my daughter to understand exactly what each picture is. The illustrator Rachel Wells has worked well so the pictures are compatible throughout the book and are great to capture my daughter's imagination as she turns each page anticipating what each princess has wrong, and it is a fun adventure to the end of the book where of course it ends with a "surprise" of which princess is the right one! The brightness and the colourful attraction to the books is what makes this book draw my daughter's attention and to sustain it throughout the book, and is the first book she goes to grab out of her toy box now!
The book is aimed at 6 months and up which I think is adequate due to the sensory aspect of the pages, feeling the princesses' skirt/hair/tiara allows little ones to explore different textures and makes reading the book much more interactive and fun! Of course a 6 month old won't understand what on earth is going on but it is never too early to start reading to the little one! My daughter acquired her first "That's not my..." book at around 1 year old (although she had other books before this!) and it is still going strong so this book would be ideal for reading from a young age, up until pre-school age.
It is a hardcover book, so is very durable and withstands any throwing around of masses of toys and books she has in her room and so is great for long lasting and doesn't fray easily! Each page is quite thick, of a cardboard-like material which makes it easy to turn pages without skipping any (meaning my daughter spots when I have tried to breeze through the book quickly she will promptly shout to me "mummy go back a page!") but also means it is difficult for the pages to tear, giving this book a lot more strength and longevity regarding reading opportunities in comparison to other flimsy books we have had for her. It also has a shiny seal to the book and pages making it a lot easier to clean of any sticky mess it may acquire, with just a quick wipe which is ideal!
Of course we got this book as a gift, so not sure how much was paid for it, but the book is selling on amazon for £3.95, which I think is reasonably priced. The past 2 books we bought in this range were for £5 from mothercare, so they range from £4-£5 in most places although the RRP on the book is £5.99 which I think is a bit steep! Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, as it is fun to read, and to touch, and parent's will enjoy reading this with it with the little one's for an interactive experience, making full use of the sense of touch and combining it with an attention holding and memorable catchphrase throughout the book. One note about "That's not my princess..." is that it is definitely aimed at little girls!
*** This review is a relay entry for team Dooyoolympians ***