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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Fiona Watts / Board book / 10 Pages / Book is published 2008-02-29 by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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      09.02.2012 10:08
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      A train themed story from the Fiona Watts "That's not my...." Range

      My boy's collection of books is large. In fact over the last two years we have had to get another bookshelf to hold all of the books. Family and friends love to buy little gifts and books are the one "little something" that I actively encourage as I feel reading is a vital part in a child's development even at a young age. The titles in our collection vary, however we do have a very large amount of books from the Fiona Watts "That's not My...." Range". One of these includes "That's Not My train".

      The selling price of "That's Not My train" and the other titles from this range is £5.99. Which I do feel for such a short story is quite expensive. However my boys get a lot of pleasure out of this range of books and the titles in the range which is why I can't help myself but buy more books from this range. A large number of retailers sell this series including Waterstones, WHS Smiths at the £5.99 cover price but if you shop around at the likes of Asda, Tesco and Amazon you can purchase books from this series including "That's Not My train" for between £3-£4 depending on the special offer.

      The book is published by Usbourne, written by Fiona Watts and illustrated by Rachel Wells as are the other books from the "That's Not My..." series.

      "That's Not My train" is a sensory book which includes different textures on each page for a child to explore. The suggested age range for this book and the other titles in the "That's Not My...." Range is up to 3 years. The story is very basic and short as the number of words on each of the 5 double pages is limited, therefore there is very little reading involved with these books. Personally I feel that for children nearer age 3 these books may be a little too simple and not engage and interest them in the same way they do with younger babies and toddlers, especially as the books in this range are very similar and repetitive.

      The title of the book "That's not my Train" is repeated on the cover and on the first 4 pages inside of the book. This includes different reasons as to why the train on each of the pages is not the correct train. This includes the train's windows being too shiny on the first page and mirrored sections on the page. On the second page the trains funnel is too rusty and there is a sandpaper type material section. On the third page the train is too bumpy and there is a bumpy cardboard section on the page. The fourth page includes the roof being too rough and there is a raised textured section on the page. On the final page the story ends with the correct train being found. The reason for this being the correct train is its engine is so glossy and there is a large glossy section on the page for a child to touch.

      All of the sections are fine for a baby to touch but my main criticisms of the book is how repetitive many the reasons on each page are used in the different titles and there are not many original reasons. If you have only read one or two titles in the series you probably won't notice but for example the bumpy corrugated cardboard is used in "that's not my snowman" in addition to this title. The textured sections are durable however and my boys have touched them over and over again with sticky hands without causing damage or wear.

      There are a variety of titles in the "That's not my range" some of which I feel have a unisex appeal whereas others aimed at boys and girls. Personally I feel that this title is unisex and would buy for a boy or girl however those with more traditional views may feel because of the vehicle feel this may be aimed more at boys than girls.

      The book has a bright yellow background and on each of the pages in the book there is a large bright clear image of a train, each with a different textured section. On each of the pages the image of a mouse is hiding somewhere on the page which occurs throughout the "That's not my range". This adds another dimension and not only does your child have textured section to feel but also a chance to spot the mouse character. My boys started reading books from this range at around 9 months and at this age they loved to look at the bright coloured illustrations on the page and I would put their hand to the textured section. By 12 months old they were reaching out for the sections on their own. We first started reading "That's not my train" when my boys were 15 months old and they would turn the pages and say words like "train" and shout "choo choo". At 24 months old my boys like to sit on my knee and read the book but are more independent than previously and turn pages and say "no train" on the pages where it is not the correct train and on the final page say "there it is" when we get to the correct train.

      The book is made from a thick hard wearing and durable cardboard. The outer cover is made from a wipe able material which is means if sticky fingers get onto the books any marks can easily be removed. There is also a textured section on the front of the book. Each cardboard page is around 3mm thick which makes it impossible for children to tear the pages, either by accident due to uncoordinated movement, or when fighting over books which is a regular occurrence in our house. The spine of the book is also very durable meaning even if it is bent over on itself pages do not fall out or the book is ruined by doing so. The thick pages also make it very easy for little hands to turn the pages.

      "That's not my train" is a book I would definitely recommend to other parents of children aged between 9 months and 2 years old. Although because of the vehicle focus the book is slightly boyish but in my opinion I do feel that the book still has unisex appeal and girls would enjoy te book as much as boys. I do feel older children up to age 3 would still be interested in reading the book however to get the most benefit from the book I would say at the quite expensive price it is best to purchase when they are under 2 years old. The good news for parents is the book has a happy ending but a downside is the book becomes very repetitive especially if you have a number of titles from the "That's not my series"!.

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        27.06.2011 14:39
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        Great book for sharing

        Reading has always been an important part of Freddy's day, from the day we brought him home from hospital we've found time to share a book before bed. Now at fifteen months and rapidly developing into a more independent toddler, Freddy is starting to show definite preferences in which books he likes, even going so far as to bring books to me to read to him. The brilliant "That's not my..." range of books are by far his favourite, combining bright pictures, repetition and different textures for him to discover. Written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells, these hard-wearing board books cover a wide range of subjects from Santa to monsters, but Freddy's favourite by far (at the moment) is That's Not My Train.

        Freddy was quite young when we bought this book, meaning that he needed considerable help to access it. At approximately six inches square it was a little too large for him to hold until he got to about ten months old, but this also means that each double page is large enough to hold the bold illustrations. There isn't really a story as such, more a succession of different trains, each of which features a different texture to explore along with a reason why it isn't our train until we get to the final page where we eventually do find our train. To be honest, it's not the most interesting book for an adult to read and there have been a few occasions when I've hidden it away for a couple of days. But the pleasure Freddy gets from the simple repetition more than makes up for the mind-numbing effect it has on me.

        When we first started sharing this book, I did have to show Freddy where on each page he needed to touch, starting on the front page, with it's old fashioned engine with squashy wheels. Even now a year later this is one of Freddy's favourite pages and he loves the feel of the squashy wheels. Turning the page, there's an intercity with shiny windows made of baby-safe mirrors. Freddy isn't quite at the stage where he realises that the baby in these mirrors is him, and can quite often be seen giving the baby a kiss. What I like about this book is although the illustrations quite simple, there's still plenty to talk about with him. We talk about the different noises that the trains make, count the wheels and look for the little mouse that's hiding on each page as well as describing the different textures.

        The next page features a steam train with a rusty funnel, Freddy doesn't really like the feel of the funnel, which is made of sandpaper, and I must say I don't blame him and feel that it is probably not the best of materials to use in a baby/toddler book. The next page is a lot better and features a freight train with a bumpy, corrugated cardboard texture that makes a great noise when a nail is rubbed across it. The penultimate page features an electric train going over a bridge and is yet another favourite with it's rough metallic roof. The final page features our train, which turns out to be a steam engine that is oh so glossy.

        I love that when we read this book together, I can help Freddy develop his vocabulary as we describe the different textures he is feeling, colours he is seeing and types of train. I also love that we can spend time on each page counting wheels, or birds or bees and looking for the mouse. Freddy loves to feel the different textures and is beginning to point to different things as I name them.

        But Freddy also enjoys 'reading' this book on his own. At fifteen months, the book is the perfect size for him to hold and being made of board the pages are resilient enough to survive his somewhat rough page turning technique. Freddy will spend quite some time sitting with this book, chatting away as he reads it. As he starts to explore each page, he'll start by saying "dain" (which is his version of train) before shaking his head wildly (which is how he says no). I guess this shows how often this book has been read to him and how the repetition works to help him start learning what reading is. Once he gets to the last page, Freddy will give a cheer, before often starting the book again from the first page.

        Considering that we've had this book for about a year now and for the last few months it's had it pages constantly turned and occasionally chewed on by an enthusiastic toddler, it's doing really well. None of the pages have torn, none of the textures have started to peel and the lightly laminated surface means that the book hasn't gone soggy. In fact the only evidence that this isn't brand new is a few teeth marks around the corners.

        All in all this is a great book to share with babies and toddlers, even if it is also one that we, as adults, will soon find monotonous. The textures are wonderful for helping increase our little one's experience of the world around them, while the bright pictures will immediately draw their eye. Then that simple, repetitive text means that as they learn to speak, they'll be able to join in and even "read" the book themselves. So I'm giving That's Not My Train five stars out of five and recommending it to the parents of any baby or young child, but especially those that like trains.

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          11.03.2011 22:22
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          A great introduction to a lifetime of reading

          My youngest son is now six months old and, like his older brothers, already enjoys looking at books and is fascinated by the bright images and chunky pages. The range of 'That's Not My...' stories from Usborne Books is proving to be a firm favourite with 'That's Not My Train' being one that he seems to enjoy the most.

          This book, like the rest of the series, features a certain animal or item with a particular characteristic being highlighted by being tactile or 'touchy feely'. The range is ever growing with all sorts of animals, vehicles and items featured as well as a range of seasonal editions introduced such as 'That's Not My Santa' and 'That's Not My Fairy.' All of the books are very simply written by Fiona Watt and brightly illustrated by Rachel Wells.

          These are all chunky board books which are the perfect size for very early 'readers', being small enough for toddlers to hold independently with chunky pages that are easy for little fingers to turn by themselves. All our collection has been 'pre-loved' by my baby's older brothers, with this particular story being over seven years old. It was a gift from Santa to my oldest son when he was at his first nursery and it has certainly proved to be an excellent choice as it is still being read, enjoyed and, occasionally, chewed all these years later! Fortunately, these books are really resilient and robust and my little one's enthusiastic gumming of the pages hasn't even left a mark.

          Like all the books, the story, such as it is, actually starts on the front cover, which features a bright red train with purple wheels that are 'too slippery' to be 'my train'. I must admit that this isn't the best example from the series in terms of the tactile objects representing the adjectives describing them. Here the wheels are indented within the chunky page, just inviting little fingers to probe and rub them, but I'd say the material used is actually quite smooth rather than slippery. I am being a little picky here though!

          The book continues with different pictures of trains featured over the next eight pages. None of them are 'my train' because the windows are too shiny, funnel too rusty, side too bumpy, or the roof is too rough, with each picture using a different touchable fabric or texture to illustrate the point. My six month old is particularly fascinated by the image and material used to illustrate the shiny windows, as it uses a foil-like coating which acts as a kind of baby-safe mirror. He likes to smile at his own face smiling back at him from the windows of the train! The foil also helps to reflect the light too which is a new experience for a little baby and certainly seems to hold his attention.

          The other pages also keep him amused for longer than some other age appropriate board books that I've shared with him. It certainly seems to help that each page uses really bright primary colours and has bold uncluttered images to look at, as well as the different textures to explore. My little one's favourite sensory element here seems to be the corrugated paper used to illustrate the train's bumpy sides. The little ridges are a perfect size for curious little fingers to rub against and he seems fascinated by the different noises he is able to make with it. He's also desperately tried to get that section into his sensitive little mouth but can't quite fit it in!

          As a book aimed at babies and toddlers, the language used and the amount of words per page has been well thought out. The book is short enough to hold even a little baby's attention as well as introducing a range of vocabulary and, particularly, different adjectives to introduce a toddler to different ways of describing things. The simple language and constant repetition makes it an ideal choice for early readers, helping to build their confidence ready for more challenging stories. The added interest in the book, which is more likely to be appreciated by older children, is a little mouse which appears on each page. My oldest two used to read this book together and enjoyed hunting for the hidden mouse.

          The RRP is £4.99 which seems quite expensive for a small baby book but it is quite good value considering how durable the book is. Despite the age of our copy and the number of repeated readings it's endured it is in excellent condition. The chunky spine remains intact and the pages are undamaged with no indications of the treatment it's received from several over-enthusiastic toddlers.

          If this particular topic fails to appeal to you or your little one, I'd certainly recommend considering others in the series as there is bound to be one that appeals and earns its place as a well-loved read. I'll certainly be sad when all of my kids are too old for these books!

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            07.12.2010 10:32
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            A great board book suitable for little people!

            I've always been a keen reader - and since having my son, Samuel, it's been my mission for him to have lots and lots of books to read. I find it important for children to be used to books before they start their education. Although having lots of books - Sam does have his favorites! He loves any with touchy-feely bits in, and especially those with trains, cars and tractors!

            This is a review of Usborne - That's not my Train...

            Who are Usborne?

            Usborne are a well known award winning UK company, first established in 1973. They have a wide range of books, aimed at baby all the way through to their teenage years. "That's not my Train" is from their extensive touchy-feely range which includes titles such as:
            - That's not my Tractor
            - That's not my Dolly
            - That's not my Puppy

            The list goes on!
            Each book is illustrated by Rachel Wells, and written by Fiona Watt.

            Appearance
            That's not my Train, like all others in the range, is a board book, each page is solid and chunky - excellent for those chubby baby hands! The book is square, and is roughly 13cm x 13cm (or 5 inch). Its big enough for you and your child to read together.

            Inside the book are 5 double pages, however the front cover is also the start of the story, something which my partner always forgets to read to Sam! Each page is thick, as the touchy-feely texture nestles in between each leaf.
            The book is yellow on the outside, with a nice picture of a red steam train being driven by a mouse! The title is also in red - this stands out against the yellow.

            Price and Availability
            These books all cost £5.99 from Usborne directly, ELC, Mothercare and all other main book shops such as Waterstones. Every time I see them they always seem to be on 3 for 2. I have bought a few from new, and also a few secondhand from a bookshop near me. Even though secondhand they have still retained all their touchy-feely-ness, and are in great condition visually, but I suppose these would depend on how much their current owner cared for the book!

            If you are not wanting too spend much, you can always find a lot of the range at the library in the Children's Section.

            That's not my Train....

            My son has had this book since being around 3 months old, he is now 21 months. At first he just used to listen to me reading it whilst I moved his hands on the pages, then he progressed to touching the pictures himself, then to also turning the pages over... and now he sits and read it all by himself, flicking to his favourite pages and saying different words such as train, mouse, squish squash and bird.
            As he gets older, he will begin (hopefully!) to read each page as the font is big, bold and spread across both pages, and correctly be able to describe the textures on each page.

            The Story!
            To all the adults, this is not much of a story, however thats what we will call it!

            As mentioned, the story starts on the front cover. The title of the book is the first sentence, and this is a running theme throughout the book - "Thats not my Train...." then underneath the picture.... "its wheels are too squashy." And low and behold.. the picture of the train has textured wheels, which are indeed squashy!
            On Page 1, the mouse from the first page is once again sat on another train, this time an up to-date train (GNER maybe?!), "That's not my train..." and this time the trains windows are too shiny! The windows have a mirrored texture, one of my sons favorite pages as he can see his face in the windows!

            Page 2... the mouse is now sat on another steam train, this time its carrying coal. "Thats not my train..."......"Its funnel is to rusty". The texture on this page is a funnel seemingly made from a sandpaper type material (please note.... this is not sharp!). There are a couple of bumblebees on this page too, which Sam likes to point at and say "birdie" - well, they do have wings!
            Page 3. The mouse is now driving a yellow train, and has a couple of bunny rabbits as passengers. This time the trains side is too bumpy, this is a corrugated cardboard texture. This dents in quite easily but still retains its bumpiness!

            Page 4. Another up to date train captained by the mouse! Their are two birds also sitting on the roof. "Thats not my Train... Its roof is too rough". This texture takes up the length of the page and is silver and metal looking with a raised surface.
            And on the final page.....


            "That's my Train!

            .....Its engine is so glossy.
            The mouse is seemingly overjoyed to find his train as his arms are outstretched! This page is a bit of a disappointment really as the texture is large, but doesn't really feel of anything. I also feel a bit silly saying "glossy" to a 21 month old as it seems to be a more "mature" word!

            Final Thought's
            A great range of book suitable for all children. We have around 13 in the collection, even the pink ones about dollies! And we want the rest! My son spends a lot of his time with his books as we tend not to have the TV on during the day, so I feel they are a worthy investment.

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              03.07.2009 11:56
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              Mind the doors.....

              I bought this book recently after seeing lots of favourable reviews for the series of "That's not my..." books by Fiona Watt.

              The books, and there seem to be many of them, are thick board books ideal for little hands that want to touch everything, I find anything that if is not board or fabric is chewed or mauled within minutes.

              The premise of these books is that a variation of the object - a train in this case - is featured on each page with the wording "That's not my train" and the reason why "It's windows are too shiny" or "It's funnel is to rusty"etc.

              The clever bit is that the picture has touchy-feely textured bits for baby to explore, for example in this book there is a rusty funnel made of cork and shiny windows made of a mirror like paper. The illustrations, by Rachel Wells, are simple and brightly coloured, perfect for babies.

              The last picture is of "My train" again with textured bits. There are only 5 pictures, each one over 2 pages, but this seems to be enough for my baby.

              All through the book is a little mouse which is hiding in or around the train. This adds interest to the book as baby searches for it.

              The concept of the books is very simple and very effective, I can understand why so many people have reviewed them well on this site and I will be looking out for more in the future. My only concern is that there seem to be a lot of them and at £4.99 each it could quickly become an expensive collection!

              The paper used in this series of books comes from a sustainable forest. It is published by Usborne and RRP's at £4.99. ISBN is 07460 3779 1

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                26.06.2009 13:46
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                Another book in the 'That's not my ..'series

                This book was chosen by my husband for our son (aged 15 months). He wanted to buy it full price (£4.99) but being the money saving scrooge I am I persuaded him to go home and buy it cheaper on Amazon. He thought he would like it as he's into his (real) trains.

                The book is a lovely simple format which is repeated throughout the 'That's not my .. series'. There are approximately 6 trains, 5 are negative 'That's not my train' and the last one is positive 'That's my train'. Each one has a descriptive sentence about a feature of the train e.g 'It's windows are too shiny'. The pictures are simple and uncluttered in bright colours. There is a toucy element to each picture. Children will enjoy looking at the pictures or exploring the touch elements. For train fans out there the book has a range of different engine including older steam and more modern engines. My little one enjoys shaking his head at the negative pictures. For cunning eyes there is also the white mouse to spot on each page. The books are good for developing key vocabulary words and due to the format being predictable I imagine older toddlers could be encouraged to 'read' the book.

                The books are a nice size for smaller hands and the pages are thick and can be turned independently. Being a hard book it survives well under the pressure inflicted on it by my little one.

                My son does like the book and we have a couple in the series. I wouldn't buy too many of the series as I imagine it could get quite repetitive (for the parents mainly!)

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                  Highly Recommended

                  Our grandson has had the Usborne touchy-feely series "That's Not My" by Fiona Watts since he was a year old. He's four now and he still really likes these books even now. The books start out as a good introduction to books and then become useful in teaching little ones descriptive terms as they grow older. Also, these are all board books so they're suitable from a few months of age.

                  "That's Not My Train" is written by Fiona Watts and illustrated by Rachel Wells. It costs £4.99 but is sometimes available cheaper at Amazon or Waterstones frequently offer these books in their 3 for 2 deals. On the cover of the train book is an instantly recogniseable, brightly coloured red train with a little white mouse peeking out of the window.

                  Underneath the title, the story starts out with "it's wheels are too squashy" and you can encourage little hands to give the wheels a squash and understand what squashy feels like. As kids get older, you can get them to feel the texture and guess at completing the sentence themselves going on what it feels like. This only really works if you've got loads of these though otherwise your tot will quickly just memorise the correct words!

                  There are five lovely colourful trains in this book with different textures for each touchy-feely bit. I think these books are a real winner for little ones and this particular trains book is especially interesting to little boys in my opinion.

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                  A great book for a train mad toddler

                  Another book in the Usborne touchy-feely range of books, the focus of this one is trains!

                  The book is a boad book, written by Fiona Watt illustrated by Rachel Wells. The RRP is £5.99 though I have seen it cheaper in Tesco and on amazon.

                  As with other books in this series the pictures are bold and bright with an area of different texture on each page.

                  On the front cover is a red train, above the picture is the title "That's not my train...." under the picture is the text "its wheels are too squashy" over the 5 double pages are illustrations of other trains each with a part that is touchy-feely but not right until the last page. Areas focussed on in this book are the windows, funnel, sides, roof and engine.

                  In addition to the touchy-feely areas and the 'story' there is a little white mouse on each page that you and your child can look for.

                  This is curently a big hit in our household as we live alongside a railway line and my son loves trains, so he often gets this book from his bookshelf and brings it over for us to look through together, he likes to turn the pages and loves to explore the different textures.

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                    All aboard for this fab book

                    Another great book in the award winning series of Usbornes 'That's not my...' series. These books are designed for a wide age range, the young (for experimenting with touch, encouraging motor skills - reaching, using fingers, interaction with the reader, very early literacy skills - looking, listening, babbling), to the older toddler - finding objects, colours, textures, describing textures with a variety of words, comprehension, repetitive language - knowing what comes next. Alongside this they are just pure fun.

                    This particular story revolves around finding 'my train.' Each page has an item that is not quite right, the first being on the front page it gives the reason why it isn't the correct train and we move on to find another. I won't give the story away, but at the end the correct train is found 'Thats my train, its xxxxx is so xxxxxx.' What a relief!

                    The pictures are bright, the touchy feely aspect of the story runs throughout, linking language and sensory experience. Chilren will earn new words from these books, developing their imagainations and love of books as they go.

                    These books are tough waring, they are board books and will stand the test of time as well as many a night reading them to your child.

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                      23.09.2008 20:20
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                      Good book for helping your child understand touch and sight

                      That's Not My Train is one of the series of Touchy Feely books from Usborne. It is a very useful series of books designed to aid the touch and sight of very young children between the ages of 1 and 3. They are board books, and there are roughly 5 or 6 pages for each book, and while this is not much, there is enough there to hold the attention of a 1-3 year old.

                      This book was bought for our 4-year-old son by my dad, who is really into his trains! William does like this book, as he likes Thomas the Tank Engine, and although he has kind of gone off these books now as they don't hold much interest for him, this was one of his favourites from this range.

                      The front of the book has a picture of a red train on a yellow background, as you can see by the picture at the top of the review. Above the train are the words 'That's not my train.....' and then below it: 'its wheels are too slippery'. The wheels of the train actually feel slippery, so you can see how the book aids the child to associate the words with how they feel and look. The rest of the pages are similar with different ways things feel and look.

                      The book retails at £4.99, but this price may have risen recently as most kids' and adults' books have done. It is worth having a couple of this range to hand for the younger child, but once they grow older their attention is likely to wander with such a book. It is a good series to teach touch and sight to young children.

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                        an alround gr8 book

                        That's Not My Train..........by Fiona Watt



                        Another great book that hardly has time to grace our shelves because its always in Jack's little chubby hands! Usborne books have this brilliant series called Touchy Feely Books and this book is from that very series.


                        The book is a very chunky board book and the pages are made very easy for small fingers to turn them. Each page has a different drawing of a train on and there is something unique about each one. The train on the front cover has a bumpy engine and you are able to touch the engine and feel all the rough grooves that are protruding out. Each page continues along the same lines with a small sentence that says... "That's not my Tractor...its engine is too bumpy" or something pretty similar to that telling what part of the train is there for touching and feeling.


                        The pictures on the pages are very bright and colourful and can easily grab the attention of a small child or baby. Jack is absolutely amazed by the pictures ad loves being able to touch and feel the different textures that make up the different parts of the trains. Each picture has something different about the train made onto a texture so on one page you are touching and engine on another you are looking and feeling what the trains mirrored windows are like.


                        Jack really enjoys this book. It is chunky enough for him to turn the pages himself and even though he can't read the words he is able to find what part of the train it is that is made from a different material and he loves to feel the different textures beneath his fingers or even to see his reflection is the shiny train windows.


                        This is his second favourite book in this series but of course you can't beat the book "That's Not My Lion" which is his absolute favourite. There are lots of books in this particular Touchy Feely series and I can see me buying a few more for Jack as he loves them so much. They cost just a penny under £5 which I feel is a little steep for a book with so few words and practically no storyline. But these truly are worth every penny. You can pick them up a little cheaper on the internet or the Early Learning Centre has a 3 for 2 offer on which makes them much more of a bargain.


                        Overall I think this book is totally great. The colours are bright and appealing the textures are different and interesting and Jack loves to feel that he is getting involved by being able to touch and to explore the book for himself. It being a board book I think it will last a very long while as it appears to be pretty hard wearing.


                        I would give this book and all the others that are in this same series a brilliant score of 10/10 and would highly recommend them to other parents of small children.

                        I hope this has been of some help to you, thanks for taking the time to read.


                        Other books in this series:
                        That's Not My Puppy
                        That's Not My Kitten
                        That's Not My Truck
                        That's Not My Dinosaur
                        That's Not My Bear
                        That's Not My Tractor
                        That's Not My Bunny
                        That's Not My Mermaid
                        That's Not My Teddy
                        That's Not My Train
                        That's Not My Dolly
                        That's Not My Lion
                        That's Not My Dragon
                        That's Not My Robot
                        That's Not My Fairy
                        That's Not My Car
                        That's Not My Reindeer
                        That's Not My Snowman

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                          10.03.2008 10:08
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                          Fantastic book for train fans!

                          Harry's latest obsession (yes another one, they never stop do they?!) is transport. Buses, lorries, cars, trains - you name it, he loves it. He is also a very keen reader at the moment, often fetching ALL of his books from his bedroom down to the sitting room for me to read to him in the morning when we're at home. So when we were browsing the library and I spotted this one in the board books section, I knew he would love it, and promptly checked it out to take home with us.

                          That's Not My Train is part of the well-known children's touchy-feely book series by Usborne. All the book are written by Fiona Watt, and this one is illustrated by Rachel Wells. There are many other books in the series using all sorts of things such as cars, kittens, puppies, monsters, robots, fairies and many more. So there is something to appeal to any toddler. The books are all chunky board books so ideal for rough toddlers like Harry who love to read them and vigourously turn the pages!

                          What I like about these books is that they effectively start on the front cover of the book! The title of the book is always on the upper half of the cover like the picture above shows, with 'That's not my train...' and underneath is a brightly coloured picture of a train, with cut-out wheels which have a slippery surface on, and the words 'its wheels are too slippery'. This is how the rest of the book continues. Each double-paged spread pictures a different sort of train with something different on each one having a touchy-feely patch. The next page for example, has shiny foil windows and says 'Its windows are too shiny'. It carries on this way for another 3 trains.

                          I find these books fantastic for getting Harry involved in looking at the book with me, and actually turning the pages himself because they are nice and chunky, and easy for little fingers to get hold of. However, I find their educational value is fantastic too. We read this one every day without fail at the moment and Harry has learnt all of the different textures in the book, and can point them out to me easily. Every time we turn the page, he should 'bumpy!' or 'shiny!' depending on what the texture is on that page. This book has also taught him the word window, which he applies to the windows in our house now too, so for me, these books are simply fantastic.

                          I like the fact that each of the drawings are brightly coloured, and easily depict whatever they are meant to be showing you. The drawings are complicated because toddlers wouldn't understand them, but the fact each page varies in its picture is great and makes your child want to read on. It's text is basic and repetitive, but I find this works very well and keeps Harry's attention. I read the words and point along with my finger, and when it comes to the texture word, I stop and ask him, and he always gives me the right answer.

                          For such a basic idea, these books are wonderful. We have a few at home we haven't looked at for a while as Harry wasn't keen on these when he was younger, but now he loves them. Each book has different textures so there are lots of words for your toddler to learn. It's great for them to start associating words with textures and vice-versa so I am more than happy for him to sit and read these! It's fantastic to hear him learn a new word everyday from basic ones such as bumpy to the harder to pronounce 'glossy' or 'rusty'! What a proud mummy I am!!

                          These books are published by Usborne, and as I mentioned come in many different titles, all of which are available on Amazon and are usually in most supermarkets and book shops as well. They all have an RRP of £4.99 but I know Tesco sells them for £4.50 so a little bit of a saving there. This book has an ISBN of 0746037791. I expect I will buy Harry his own copy of this one soon, as next week it has to go back to the library (although I might renew it!).

                          Thanks for reading!

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