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My girls were introduced to the 'That's not...' range of books at 6 months with That's not my Lion, even at that young age they loved the book so I was really pleased when they were bought a couple more from the series the following Christmas. One of which was this one 'That's not my teddy...'
For those of you not familiar with this series of books they are published by Usborne and are touchy-feely books and so make an ideal first read. The story starts on the front page to involve your little one from the cover, this one starts with 'That's not my teddy....it's paws are too woolly'. Thick wool is used for the paws making them hard wearing to prodding. As the book progresses we have a nose that is too soft, a patch that is too squashy and ears that are too fuzzy among others. Finally teddy is found as his tummy is so furry.
The books have a strong plastic coated cover and although my daughters have managed to break this these books are much stronger than most. The book is written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells. It is the illustrations which make this book. They are full of bright colours and clear pictures so your little one can easily see what is going on. A theme throughout this series of books is the little white mouse that appears on each page, once my girls were old enough they loved spotting the mouse and although at 3 they are growing out of these books they still enjoy the occasional read and feel of all the different textures.
Price and availability
Widely available from book shops it is currently £4 new on Amazon although you can get a used copy for under £3. These books are a good investment as they last from baby through to toddler.
Would I recommend?
Yes, That's not my teddy is a lovely book from this popular series and both my girls have loved reading it over the last couple of years.
That's Not My Teddy by Fiona Watt is part of a large series of board style books for babies and toddlers, with lots of interactive, textured parts in the book to explorer. They're described as Touchy-Feely Board Books by the author.
RRP is £5.99, the prices are often reduced on Amazon for this range and book.
The price may seem a little steep, I suppose it would be if it wasn't used much, but my little boy has enjoyed this since he was just over 6 months and still will ask for it now (he's 4 and a half), so I count that as good value for the usage.
The story starts from the very front page, there's a big picture of a teddy bear and it says:
'That's not my Teddy, it's paws are too woolly'. It's paws are made of a fleecy material which you can encourage your little one to feel. It's a great way to encourage your little one to interact with the book and a great introduction to books.
This theme goes throughout the book; 'That's not my Teddy, it's nose is too soft'. Again with a texture to explore on the page. At the end of the book it concludes with 'That's my Teddy, his ears are so furry'.
There's a lot of repetition which is great for language development for little ones.
**Growing with your child**
I've found unlike so many of my boy's other books that this one has grown with us. As he became a little older he started joining in with the repetition parts of the story 'That's not my Teddy' mainly. Then we started to talk about how the different textures felt as he became older, then whether or not he agreed on what the texture was compared with what the book said.
There's also a little mouse hiding on each page, sometimes we tried to spot the mouse too after each story.
My boy is now 4 and a half and still loves this book. Due to the repetition it's great for encouraging reading. I'll read the story but stop and point to the word 'Teddy' and 'not' so he'll look at it and say it. He gets a good sense of achievement from this.
**Portability and Keeping Clean**
It's a great book to take on the go as it's quite small and not too heavy. It measures 16.4 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm. It doesn't have a buggy loop but quite a good one for the car or visiting. It's a very solid and robust book, so I would never worry about it getting broken. Ours is certainly lasting well for the amount it's been used.
Older toddlers and Preschoolers can easily amuse themselves with this. Not so good near food, although the book is hard cover and has a gloss finish, some of the textures probably wouldn't clean up so well.
Highly recommended for little ones, well made, long lasting books that can be adapted from babies through to preschoolers. I've bought many for friends for their little ones birthdays since. They always seem well received.
Oscar is a massive fan of books. One corner of our front room is jam packed with them! Any type will do (even my thick hardback novels get leafed through every now and then by sticky little fingers!). But his absolute favourites are the That's Not My... series.
Written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells, these Usborne books are available in bookshops, some supermarkets, and of course online. The RRP is £5.99, but Amazon price is currently £4.49. I picked up That's not my teddy in Morrisons for £3.99.
The cover is lilac with a big bright picture of a teddy with touchy feely paws. The paws are soft and woolly (and in the case of our version, sticky and almost worn away!). There are 5 more pages inside, each with a different textured part of the teddy. There is a nose that is too soft, paws that are too rough, a patch that is too squashy and ears that are too fuzzy. Then on the final page is the right teddy, with a furry tummy and the words THAT'S my teddy! His tummy is so furry! Each page has a small white mouse hidden somewhere on the page. People of my generation may remember the Usborne books from our day, when every page had a small yellow duck hidden somewhere.
Oscar is 21 months, and is now at an age where he pays much more attention to books. He loves to feel the textured spot on each page, and picks up my finger and directs it to the spot too. He also (and I think this is very strange!) loves to lick each page. He feels it first with his finger, then picks the book up and licks the textured patch, then turns to the next page! This has led to us ad-libbing the words in the book... i.e. "That's not my teddy, his patch is too squashy and wet!", prompting mad laughter and more licking! We can no longer read these books before bed as Oscar ends up too excited!
As with all books in this series, they are beautifully illustrated and have big words to help children who are learning to read.
When my son was just over a year old, I wanted to get him interested in books and reading as I thought this would help prepare him to start speaking if he got used to different words and sounds. He has so many books but every time I tried to read him one or get him to look at them he just wasn't interested. We were in the Early Learning Centre and noticed the 'That's not my .....' range. These are a set of 'touchy feely' books, published by Usbourne, which encourage very young children to look at books and participate by feeling the different textures. We had a look in the shop and he seemed to like them so I bought 'That's not my teddy' and 'That's not my elephant'. They are £5.99 each but they were on offer at 2 for £10.
These are square 'chunky' board books, which are bright and colourful with different textured materials on each page, for your child to touch. There are 6 different textures per book, and include things such as wool, velcro, and fur. The story is 'That's not my teddy, his paws are too woolly, that's not my teddy, his nose is too soft, etc' until you finish with 'That's my teddy...'.
This has worked really well as a starter book for my son. It has very simple sentences which when said in different voices make him laugh. It helped to develop his sensory skills as he got used to feeling different textures and the word that associates with it, and turning the pages of the book to get to the end page. As it is short it also helps to keep their attention for the whole book. For about 6 months these were his favourite books which he used to take off the bookcase every day to be read. He used to race to the last page and stroke 'my' teddy and go 'awwwwwww'. As he's got older (he's now nearly 2) he isn't as interested in these and has started to like looking at pictures in other books. He got 'That's not my reindeer' for Christmas and hasn't really looked at it.
I am really glad I bought these and think they are a fantastic introduction to books for very young children, or young children who haven't shown any interest into books yet.
Usbourne touchy-feely books mainly use texture and large print. The book introduces different types of bears and distinguishing features which makes it "not my teddy". Although it doesn't follow a story format, it does reach a conclusion.
While using this series of books, I've found them to be very helpful. They are brilliant for young children with small attention spans as the story is short, with not many pages. It is also a great aid in teaching turns (you read, baby feels book, turn the page). Things such as body parts can also be learned from this e.g. "rough paws", "soft nose". The series is repetitive which is perfect for learning but can be a bit annoying for the parent/guardian.
Downsides of this book is the pure amount of material, it's difficult to keep clean and fluff/dirt/food can get caught inside. The book also will not shut tight, so it's not a good one to have in stacked piles
Textures inside this book: