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That's Not My Snowman - Fiona Watt
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That's Not My Snowman - Fiona Watt
Advantages: Great way of developing kids' touch understanding
Disadvantages: Can seem costly
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.
Summary: Festive book from Fiona Watt's 'That's Not My...' range of hardback books
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