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That's Not My Santa is another book that my son has in his ever expanding festive-themed book collection. He also has another couple of books from the 'That's Not My..' collection, so we knew that this would be a hit when we got it for him last Christmas, when he was 9 months old. We have recently dug it out again for him to look at this year and, now he is a year older, he seems to enjoy it just as much.
For those unfamiliar, the 'That's Not My...' collection is a series of board books for babies and young toddlers. They all have textured pages which are great for young babies. They also follow the same story, each double page feature a picture of the character/item that the book is about - in this case Santa - and a small mouse hidden somewhere in the picture. The lines of text on each double page then read "That's not my Santa" and then the reason that it is not. For example, "his sleigh is too shiny" - this picture on this page has a gold, sparkly sleigh. The book then ends up with it being the character/item. In this book "that is my santa" and "his beard is so fluffy" and the picture has a lovely soft, furry beard for baby to stroke.
The book is a lovely basic story with good repetition, which my son loves. As a baby it was nice for him to feel the different textures. Now, as a toddler, he knows instantly where he needs to touch on each page and enjoys turning the pages as I read. The different textures are good for teaching him new words like 'rough' and 'smooth' as well as body parts like hands and beard. It is also a nice introduction to Santa (or Father Christmas, as we prefer) so that he becomes familiar with him and enjoys visits to Grottos etc as he becomes older. The pictures are brightly coloured so hold his attention and he enjoys finding the mouse on each page too.
The books in this series can vary dramatically in price, depending on where you buy them from. It is always worth browsing online as they can usually be picked up much cheaper than the £5.99 RRP here. As with all festive-themed books, we get limited use from this so I would recommend you pick this up as cheap as possible. We used it last year when my son was a baby and again this year as a young toddler but I would expect it too be a little basic for him in another years time. I would say that these books are probably most suited to babies. If you can pick up at a nice price, it makes a lovely stocking filler.
As a busy mum of 2 daughters, 5 years old and 23 months, I am always on the look out for a bargain. Both my daughters are mad bookworms - if we had to BUY all the books in our house to keep them amused we would be bankrupt! Thank goodness then for our local library!
My youngest daughter in particular loves to go to our local library, and we visit about once a week and take 3 or 4 books at a time. On the run up to Christmas we visited with the intention of selecting some festive books to read, to help us all get excited for the big day. One of the books chosen by my youngest was That's Not My Santa.
As with other books in the series this is a hard board book with a different tactile portion included in each page and on the front cover. In this instance each page depicts a different Santa Claus picture, with an explanation of why this isn't "THE" Santa - his boots are too squashy, his sack is too rough etc. My daughter loves to feel the different textures on each of the pages and is amused by the bright, colourful illustrations. She can even say some of the words for each picture - rough, fuzzy etc - as we have read this book so often!
This book was well loved over the festive period and was requested by my youngest time and time again - on a daily basis!
These books can be rather pricy at around £5.99 per board book, but if you can get them at the library or second hand they can be a good bargain. My daughter likes to change between books every day ort so, so I wouldn't pay full price, but the library is a God send!
As its Christmas I decided to buy a nice stocking filler for my little girl and settled upon the, "That's not my Santa," book from the, That's not my," range of books by Fiona Watt. I thought it was very fitting as its nearly Christmas and for the last month or so we have been looking out for the big fella and deciding what he looks like and trying to be good in the hope that he leaves lots of presents.
We have quite a few of these books now as I love their simple stories that contain different sensory aspects and their bright colourful pages. The range is published by Usborne books and are described 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."
On the front cover we see the classic picture of Santa with his long white beard and his red hat and coat. The front cover is a lovely Christmas green colour and has lots of pretty snowflakes surrounding Santa. In the book we see lots of Santa's in different situations but find out that that is not our Santa for different reasons. For example on the front page that is not our Santa because his hat is too soft. We then go on too see that his sack is too rough, his gloves are too fuzzy, his sleigh is too sparkly and his boots are too squashy. There are lots of different materials for babies to touch and feel on these pages such as a Velcro feeling sack and a plush hat.
On the final page we find our Santa and know this is true because his beard is so soft.
I really like this book as its very colourful and shiny and definitely catches the eye and is a great book for a Christmas present or one to read over the festive period to enjoy the build up to Christmas and to get you in a festive mood with the kids. 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.
It is priced at £5.99 and can be found at Mothercare.
That's not my Santa is a baby/toddler book that is - as can be guessed by the name - aimed towards the festive period. We have owned this book for several years now and it was primarily bought for my daughter around the time of her first Christmas. For many a years this book has sat on the book shelf but as my daughter has been getting into the festive spirit over the past couple of weeks this book has become one of her favourites for bed time.
The book is primarily designed for young children/babies and I would suggest it be suitable for babies from the age of 1 plus. Saying that my daughter is almost 4 and she seems to enjoy it more now than she ever did. This is a board book and contains 5 double sided, hardback pages. The size of the book is very much appropriate for small hands and is approximately the size of a cd case with each page being rather chunky and thick making them easy to turn.
This book is a touch and feel book and the main story throughout the book is aimed around different textured sections that you can feel. The book has 5 double pages, each double page containing a different thing to feel. Every page of the book starts by saying "that's not my Santa" It then goes on to give a reason. For example; "that's not my Santa ... his sack is too rough. There is then a picture of Santa with a sack on his back which feels very rough. Another example includes; "that's not my Santa ... his gloves are too fuzzy. The picture then shows Santa's hands pulling out presents from a sack and his gloves feel extremely fuzzy and rough. The book concludes by finding the right Santa, they know this because his beard is so soft. The page then has a picture of Santa with a very soft feeling and bushy looking beard.
The book is very simple and basic and that's why I would primarily say that this is mainly aimed as a sensory book for young babies/toddlers. It does however, as I have already pointed out provides for a very festive book for older children too. The illustrations within the book and the general design is very simple with minimal intricate detail but it is done beautifully either way and is designed mainly to entice that of babies. Every page contains not only beautifully illustrated pictures but also further detail to enhance the pictures such as bright colours and most pages are very sparkly. The touch and feel part of the book is also done very well and each one is different and entertaining.
I find the story of this book to be simple yet it still happens to be fun and it is great for a range of ages. The quality of this book is also fantastic, we have had it for many years and I have yet to come across any problems such as wear and tear, rips or any issues with the touch and feel sections. It is very sturdy and very robust which is excellent as it is designed for babies and toddlers with heavy hands and a rough touch. Overall I would highly recommend this book, its perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit even if it is only a short story. Costing £3.50 on Amazon it won't break the bank either. The perfect book for getting everybody in to the Christmas spirit.
That's Not My Santa, was a book that (almost) nine month old Freddy received as a stocking filler, and the book that we shared before bedtime on Christmas Day. Freddy already had quite a number of the 'That's not my..." range of books, but I thought it would be nice to get him some that were on a seasonal theme.
==That's Not My...==
The That's Not My is a delightful series of board books that are perfect for sharing with babies and very young children. They feature bright simple illustrations by Rachel Wells with a very simple 'story' written by Fiona Watt. But the really special thing about these book are the patches of different textures to explore, all of which help baby develop sensory and language awareness. At approximately 6" square the book is a good size for baby to hold and the thick cardboard pages are sturdy enough to withstand their attempts at turning pages. Other books in the range include, That's Not My Car, Train, Plane, Monkey, Frog and many, many more.
==Where's My Santa?==
As soon as Freddy unwrapped this book (with a little help from Daddy), his eyes lit up. Although I must admit, Freddy does love books and the special time we have together sharing them before bed, which goes to show you can't start reading to children too early. (We've shared a book every night since Freddy was born). After having a quick look at the cover, we managed to prise the book away by showing him more parcels and so were able to put it up until bedtime.
As with all the That's Not My books, the story is very simple, in fact I'm not sure you can really call it a story. Basically we're looking for our Santa and on each double page (and the front page) there's a different picture of Santa, with the words "That's Not My Santa..." and the reason why. Then on the final page we finally find our Santa. What I (and Freddy) particularly like about this book is how many shiny and sparkly details there are.
Starting with the front page and Santa is surrounded with shiny, silver snowflakes, but it's not our Santa because his hat is too soft. And indeed his hat is made from delightfully soft, padded plush, that Freddy spent a couple of minutes stoking, while I talked about how Santa had brought him lots of presents. Opening the book, the next page shows a lovely scene of Santa in his sleigh being pulled across the night sky by his reindeer. Unfortunately this isn't our Santa either, because his sleigh is too sparkly. Even though this is quite a simple, uncluttered picture, there's still lots to talk about, with three little trees and even a snowman. I also talked about Rudolph and the other reindeer at this point.
Moving on and on the next page there's a big picture of Santa with his sack, but it's still not our Santa because his sack is too rough. Freddy spent absolutely ages running his thumb nail over Santa's sack which is made of the hook part of Velcro, he really does love that he can make this noise. On the next page there's a picture of Santa's sack full of presents with Santa's big black gloves. But this still isn't our Santa because his gloves are too fuzzy, Freddy's not so keen on touching this material (the fuzzy part of Velcro), but he loved looking at all the metallic details on the presents and we (I) talked once more about how Freddy had got lots of presents.
Moving on and the next page features Santa making his way down the chimney, with just his boots sticking out. But, it's still not our Santa because his boots are too squashy. On the final page we finally find our Santa, and we know he's our Santa because his beard is so fluffy. Freddy again spent ages on this page, stroking Santa's beard and saying "Ahhhh". As he always does when we're reading, Freddy wanted to start the book again from the beginning, he does so love his reading time.
==Learning With Santa==
The first thing I'm going to say here, is that it's never too early to start reading with your baby, I started reading and sharing books with Freddy the same day I brought him home from hospital. The earlier you start sharing books with your baby and more special you make that time, the more likely that they will grow to love books. Although we do share 'normal' books, Freddy's favourites have always been those books where there are also textures to explore, and by far the best range of these (in my opinion) are the Usborne That's Not My ones.
This book is, perhaps, not as versatile as others in the range, being very specific as a Christmas book, but it's still got plenty to stimulate baby. Firstly, there all the different textures for baby to explore, this encourages them to use their hands to experience new tactile sensations. Then these textures can be described, using both the words in the book and your own words, which will help a baby or young child gradually expand their vocabulary and learn to express themselves. Of course, at Freddy's age I'm the one that's doing all the describing, but as he begins to talk I'll encourage him to find his own way of describing what he's seeing and feeling.
This book is also a great tool in explaining the Christmas tradition of Santa to a very young child. It breaks down the visit from Santa into very simple steps and portrays Santa as a friendly figure (which is great if your child is scared when they visit Santa in his grotto). There's one final aspect to the book, and that there's a little mouse on each page and with the slightly older child you can encourage them to look for the mouse, which will help develop their observational skills. What I will say is that as with any book, while your baby or young child will no doubt enjoy exploring this on their own, it's only by you sharing it with them that they'll get the most from it.
This book makes a great stocking filler for a baby or very young child, Freddy absolutely loved sharing it with me, and I enjoyed sharing it with him. It's not, however, a book that we will be sharing right through the year, and it will probably be put away after the new year until the run-up to next Christmas. I'll then be sharing it with him to prepare him for all the excitement next year. In a way, I wish I'd shared it with him before this Christmas, but I'm still glad I bought it for him.
With a recommended retail price of £5.99 (£4.32 on Amazon) this makes a lovely gift, either as a stocking or pre-Christmas present for any baby or young child up to about the age of two. And so I'm giving That's Not My Santa five stars out of five, and I'm sure Freddy agrees with me.
That's Not My Santa is a childrens book which is part of a series of award winning books by top childrens book publisher Usborne. Other books in the series include That's Not My Dinosaur, That's Not My Bunny, That's Not My Bear, That's Not My Monkey, That's Not My Car, That's Not My Dolly, That's Not My Dragon, That's Not My Plane, That's Not My Pirate, That's Not My Puppy and That's Not My Teddy - just to name a few (I think you get the idea!).
If you haven't already realised That's Not My Santa is a christmas themed book. Other christmas themed books in the Usborne Touch-Feely series include That's Not My Snowman, That's Not My Reindeer, That's Not My Penguin and That's Not My Angel.
That's Not My Santa is written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells and is designed for children 1+ years. The book was published in 2008 and it's RRP is £5.99, although if you shop around you can get it for less. It's currently on Amazon.co.uk for £4.99 and in WHSmith for £4.79.
The book is 10 pages long and starts on the front cover. The pages are nice and thick and made of wooden board. The pages are laminated so it is not as edible as a lot of childrens books (yes I said edible!). The dimensions are 160mm x 160mm. The book is unisex and is made with paper from a sustainable forest (according to the back page). Each page has a different texture on and bright colours which helps develop babies sensory skills. Each page has a different Santa on and starts with the same phrase ("That's not my Santa...") which babies and toddlers seem to really enjoy as it means they can join in and seem to get quite excited by.
Here is the lay out of the book:
Front page - That's not my Santa... his hat is too soft. Includes a picture of a smiley santa, surrounded by snowflakes with a red fluffy textured hat.
Page 1 and 2 - That's not my Santa... his sleigh is too sparkly. Includes a picture of reindeers pulling Santa along the night sky in his sleigh. Below is snow, trees and a snowman. The sleigh is gold, sparkly and foil textured.
Page 3 and 4 - That's not my Santa... his sack is too rough. Includes a picture of Santa holding a brown, rough textured (much like the rough side of velcro) sack over his shoulder.
Page 5 and 6 - That's not my Santa... his gloves are too fuzzy. Includes a picture of Santas hands reaching into a sackful of colourful and sparkly presents. His gloves are black and fuzzy textured (much like the soft side of velcro).
Page 7 and 8 - That's not my Santa... his boots are too squashy. Includes a picture of Santa disapering down a chimney with just his feet sticking out. In the background are rooftops and stars. His boots are black, smooth textured and have a leathery effect. They are quite 'squashy' but actually appear more squashy than they actually are.
Page 9 and 10 - That's my Santa! His beard is so fluffy. Includes a picture of a jolly looking Santa in his red hat and suit, with a very soft textured beard - almost like cotton wool (but tougher and more durable).
Luckily my 2 year old really enjoys books and reading. She has had this book since her first christmas and has enjoyed it from day one. Nowadays this is one of her favourite books, alongside a couple of others from the Usborne touchy-feely series. She loves feeling the textures and always joins in with the "That's not my Santa" part of the story, followed by a big laugh. It is great value for money and I think it will get another couple of years use. It can also prove a useful book for teaching youngsters about Santa and christmas.
The only downside is that the book is a christmas book which means you might not want it out all year round - I personally don't put our copy away, I just put it to the back of the bookshelf and move it foward nearer to December!
I recommend this book to anybody that has a 1-3 year old or as a nice little christmas present/stocking filler.
I have been getting very excited about this Christmas for quite a few months now. The main reason is that my daughter will be eighteen months old and will be really into everything. We wanted to introduce her to Santa Claus so bought her the Usborne touchy feely "That's not my Santa" book.
I bought this because we thought if we read the book with her often then she would start to get an understanding of who Santa was and what he was going to do on Christmas Eve etc.
As a result of this book she now looks at a picture of Santa and points and tries to say his name.
That's not my Santa is brightly designed in festive colours of green and red on the front cover. It's one of the most vibrant books in the series I have seen. This in itself will attract young children to looking at the book.
A nice rosy cheeked gentleman known as Santa peers at you from the front cover, with a lovely velvet red hat. This is the first page to the story sitting right on the front cover, encouraging children to feel the different texture of Santa's hat.
As with the other books in the that's not my range, there are only a few pages, each with a different picture and different touchy feely section to encourage multi sensory aids in children. This particular one focuses on all the different parts of Santa and his sleigh.
Keeping in with the Christmas theme, it shows sparkly sections, velvety, fuzzy parts for his gloves, squishy boots and a lovely fluffy beard right at the end when we find the correct Santa.
The pages don't ever contain a lot of words but the pictures are well done and simple yet bright and attractive. There is always the trademark mouse that pops up on each page. This isn't very Christmassy but he doesn't fit in with a lot of the stories, but my daughter has already learnt to find the mouse in each of the different that's not my books we read.
I have used this book as I mentioned to get my daughter ready for Christmas in her own way, but also so we can elaborate on the story of presents and reindeer, which sends us off onto many tangents when reading the book.
I find this book can be very flexible in the story and whilst my daughter cannot read the words then I can tell her any story from the pictures I choose which provides hours of entertainment for us both.
The sensory patches in the book are great for children to feel different textures they may not feel and touch in day to day activities, so it's nice to see their faces as they don't like the feel of the harder surfaces or when they love touching the soft fur that appears on pages.
You can pick this book up for around £4 from Amazon, and whilst it's a Christmassy book I think it has been well worth the money we spent on teaching our daughter about the festive period coming round the corner.
The whole series has been written and illustrated by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells.
Thats not my Santa
It's that time of the year when we start to get out all of the Christmas books.
This is one of a series from Usborne, focus on touch and different types of surfaces so it's very tactile. We have used some of the other books in the series in the classroom and the children enjoyed this sensory approach, so i knew that this would definitely appeal.
The book itself is a smallish square book, nice and sturdy, and because it's a board book, there are no pages for little hands to tear, so the shelf life of the book is definitely increased.
The front cover poses the statement- "That's not my Santa" and immediately, we are into the format of the book with the reasoning behind the statement- "His hat is too soft". We feel his hat and it is a soft felt like material, whiclst the rest of the page feels like a book cover.
Into the book, we get the same statement on each page "That's not my santa". The reasons differ on each page... his sleigh is too sparkly; his sack is too rough; his gloves are too fuzzy; his boots are too squashy. For each statement we have to feel the object that the description refers to ans sure enough, if we feel or look at the thing, it does match the statement. So, we have a very sparkly golden sleigh as santa drives it through the night sky, a large brown and very scratchy sack,great big black mittens holding the presents and feeling like fuzzy felt, and Santa's very squashy boots sticking out of the chimney. At the end of the book, the double page spread has a large picture of santa and tells us "That's my santa! His beard is so fluffy". And yes, when we feel his beard, it's all soft and fluffy.
Each picture is a large double page spread with Santa driving through the sky, going down the chuimney etc. Each picture is one which children will recognise as relating to what they know about santa, and may induce a spontaneous burst into song...it certainly does with us when he is going down the chimney!
There is very little text and what there is is written in a simple and clear easy to read font. Since the text there is is so repetitive, children quickly get into the rhythmn of the book, and look for the tactile object, Then, they can describe what they are feeling, and even if it's not the same words as the book, we tend to use the words supplied by the children to describe the items.
**Other bits of information...**
Publisher: Usborne books 2008
Price: RRP £5.99
**Other books in the series**
There are several books in this sereis, all very tactile and all following the same format, including "That's not my.... angel, car, dinosaur, fairy, dragon, monkey, kitten, robot, pirate"
Lots of them, so for anyone with a special interest, it's worth checking out the website to see if that interest is catered for.
A lovely sensory book for young children. It will stimulate language and for children who are beginning to understand descriptions, they can add their own descriptions and make their own sensory, descriptive books.
The colourful and simple illustrations will appeal to children's imaginations, and the children I have read it to love to talk about santa and what he looks like.
The thick pages means that children can "read" it on their own and there is very little chance of it getting damaged although I have found that it seems to be quite a good chew book. Even a good chewing doesn't seem to damage it too much- the thickness of the pages means that there are a couple of teeth marks and that is all.
A lovely Christmas book, and one which I will certainly be getting out year after year.
Thanks for reading.