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That's Not My Snowman - Fiona Watt

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Fiona Watt / Board book / 10 pages / Book is published 2006-06 by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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      11.08.2010 00:35
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      A nice touchy feely book to share with young children

      That's not my snowman is another great addition to the Usbourne touchy-feely book collection. This one takes you on a journey to find 'your snowman' its again a cardboard hard book which is great for younger children as its less easy to damage than a paper book.

      This book features the parts of snowman Thats not my snowman his scarf it too fluffy / his buttons too bumpy / his mittens too fuzzy you get the picture. For each thing of the snowman that is not his the children can feel and give there verdict of what it feel likes. The book has lovely bold colours and magical sparkly snowflakes through out.

      The children at nursery love this book as they do the other Thats not my collection. This one is especially nice in winter when it is snowing and they can then relate it to their own experiences of building a snowman at nursery and at home. We did a lovely display on pictures from home of children with their own snowman and if it snows you could do this with your own children try and make a snowman to match the ones in the book. Or do your own snowman picture to discuss with your little ones.

      This book is a magical winter read which gets all children involved the kids aged 2-5 years love to take it in turns feeling the pages and I often find them reading the book to themselves in the book corner because they can link the feely items to what is happening in the story.

      This book can be picked up for around £4 online and is also normally available in supermarkets during the winter so keep your eyes open.

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        07.05.2010 11:15
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        Lovely book for younger children

        ~Intro~
        This is another lovely book from the Osborne's touchy feely range!
        This was a present for my 2 year old on his birthday at christmas and he loved it.
        ~Story~
        The story follows a series of snowmen which by defining features such as a fluffy scarf, soft hat, wiggly arms, are declared not the readers' snowman.
        The story ends with 'THAT's my snowman!' A snowman with a very squashy nose!!
        There is also a little mouse popping up on each page, which my son loves to spot and point to!

        ~Positives~
        Each page has something to feel such as felt, fuzzy wool, corrugated cardboard.
        The Illustrations are simple but lovely. The front cover is lovely and inviting too.
        The book is hard back and very durable and the pages quite thick, so little hands can easily turn them .


        ~Negatives~
        However the use of the book is rather limited and I find it difficult to expand on it to make it more interesting.
        I think this book is better for smaller children such as 6months-1 and a 1/2

        ~conclusion~

        Lovely story but the novelty of the book may soon wear off, maybe better to borrow from the library.

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        02.04.2010 16:18
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        Children love it!

        I just love touchy feely books and this one, by Usborne Books, is one of my favourites.

        'That's not my Snowman' is a delightful board book which follows the familiar character of mouse as he searches for his snowman.

        Each snowman he meets he discovers is not his own snowman for various reasons such as his hat is too soft or his scarf is too fluffy. On that particular page is a picture of a snowman with a fluffy textured scarf in bright red for the child to touch.

        The pictures throughout are clear and simple and in lovely bright colours that children will love. The language is very simple and repetitive and even young children will soon be able to join in with the words.

        This is an example of the text.
        'That's not my snowman.
        His scarf is too fluffy.'

        As well as the feely pictures there is a lot more to do that will stimulate young minds such as counting the stars and snowflakes on the pages.

        This lovely book is intended for babies and toddlers but I found another use for it as well.
        My own children are grown up but I got a copy of 'That's not my Snowman' for a visually impaired child that I work with. I added Braille on clear plastic strips that I stuck into the book so that she could read it. It helped to develop her to understanding of the concepts of soft and fluffy etc. The book was enjoyed by many of the other seven year olds in her class as well as they were able to enjoy it together.

        The book is only about 10 pages long (the same as the other 'That's not my...' books) but is very strong and hard wearing as it would need to be if being handled by young children. It is also easily wiped clean too which is very handy.


        'That's not my Snowman' is written by Fiona Watt and is on sale at Amazon for £5.99
        Although it may appear expensive at first, it is a book that will be really loved by the children in your life.

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          03.01.2010 08:37
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          A brilliant buy for children from 0-3 years.

          This wonderful book was bought as a christmas present this year for my 5 month old daughter. Its a bright and stimulating touchy feely book made by Usborne, written by Fiona Watts and beautifully illustrated by Rachel Wells.

          With young children it is important to spend time reading to them even at a young age to help develop their motor skills and speech, as well as bonding is important for your child too. These books are wondeful at helping you interact with young children as there is a touchy feely spot on each page for your little one to discover and explore with you.

          The 'That's not my...' range has many different titles including tractor/bunny/puppy/princess/fairly/polar bear/penguin/reindeer etc all with various textures and feels. This range starts each page with 'That's not my...' and explains why with a texture.

          My daughter particularly liked the snowman one because of the corrugated card texture which was completely new to her and she relly enjoyed exploring that one, the other textures are fluffy, fuzzy,bumpy,wiggly and squashy (which was my favourite!).

          The bright pictures keep your young ones attention and the short repetitive phrase is brilliant to help with your childs speech development.

          All in all I love this book, so far it is my favourite in this range and definately will be pulling this one out in winter for some quality cuddle and bonding time. This really is worth every penny.

          I have also posted this review on Ciao under username mandyplatinum.

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            18.11.2009 21:05
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            Festive book from Fiona Watt's 'That's Not My...' range of hardback books

            Fiona Watt's series of 'That's Not My' books are a lovely and appealing series of books aimed at toddlers just developing their motor skills and learning to associate touching with words. It's nice to see this series of hardback books is still up there on the shelves of the bookshops, as they really are good for kids.

            Essentially, each page of this small hardback has part of it featuring a different texture. The 'story' of this particular book takes the recurring mouse character and follows him as he looks for his snowman. On each page, there is a reason why it's not his snowman. This could vary from things such as 'That's not my snowman.....his hat is too soft' and has a soft to the touch hat on him.

            This develops the child's understanding of what soft is, and how the hat feels soft to the touch. Further pages feature bumpy buttons with ridged card providing the touch effect, and a fluffy scarf. The colours used are normally vibrant and appealing, drawing the child in by giving it nice, bright colours to increase the appeal.

            It's nice that the book tells a story as well. Quite often, books are great for having the relative correlation between a word and how it feels or looks, but by giving a bit of a story, it makes it flow a bit better, and I like this of all of Watt's books as they all follow the same mold.

            This Snowman book is very relevant what with Christmas coming up next month, and it would be a great present for say a 2 or 3 year old kid, or even younger, if you want to get them used to it early on to experience the touches and hearing the sounds. The rest of the books in the series are equally recommendable, and you can currently get the books for really low prices on the amazon marketplace. They usually retail for around the £4 or £5 mark each, so this is a drawback as they are expensive seeing as they only have about 10 pages or so, but they are good quality and are quite durable. Sure, eating the edges of the book is not going to help it to last no matter what the book is, I suppose, but this is well made and won't just fall to bits by being slung across the floor (as toddlers do) a few times. Recommended.

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              20.10.2009 13:04
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              An engaging and enjoyable read for young children with a seasonal feel.

              I have just been having a clear out when I came across this book that I bought last year as a stocking filler for my granddaughter and I'd forgotten all about it. It is an Usborne touchy- feely book called "That's not my Snowman...."

              My grandchildren have a number of these books and I remember buying it due to the Christmas theme.

              The front cover is a lovely rich blue colour with silver reflective stars and moon with white snowflakes and features the little mouse as usual this time looking for his snowman. The Snowman on the front cover has a soft grey hat and the mouse states that the hat is too soft.
              On the next page there is a typical scene of trees with snow on. A reindeer with a red nose and of course a snowman. This one has a long red fluffy scarf.
              The next page features a snowman wearing big green mittens, followed by another snow man who has large bumpy buttons that seen to be made out of black corrugated cardboard.
              This is then followed by a snowman with wiggly arms again made out of corrugated card and finally the mouse finds his snowman with a big orange silky squashy nose.

              This book is no exception to the rest of the series of books by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells. It is visually engaging with the use of bright colours and reflective snowflakes and stars on each page. I also, think that it helps to develop language skills by using repetition and using the association of new descriptive words with the provision of sensory experiences by using different fabrics and materials to create various textures.

              The RRP of £5.99 is quite expensive but it is a hard backed book which has a wipeable surface so should stand up to the handling by very young children. It is also worth looking at the different on line sites as it could be much cheaper.

              A seasonal stocking filler.

              This review also appears on the ciao site.

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