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I ordered a book called 'The Dog I Love Best' for my daughter from Amazon. The RRP is £3.99, although it's currently selling for £3.83 (with free delivery). The book is part of the 'Little Learners' finger puppet collection and other books in the series include 'This Little Piggy', 'Mary Had a Little Lamb', 'Incy Wincy Spider' and 'Hickory Dickory Dock'.
When the book arrived it was a little smaller than I expected. However I figured this was perhaps a good thing as it's the perfect size for taking out and about. It's more of a pocket sized book. It is also quite chunky and the pages are reasonably thick, which is good for little fingers to grip and turn.
The book comes with a finger puppet attached. The finger puppet goes through the center of the book (so appears on every page) and is absolutely adorable - it's probably my daughters favourite thing about the book actually!
I chose this particular book as we are family of dog lovers and I was really pleased to see the book was set in a rescue centre (which is where we got our last dog from and in my opinion where everybody should get their dogs from if possible) and not a pet shop. The story is short but sweet and runs over 12 pages. It tells the story (from the readers point of view) of going to a rescue centre, seeing lots of different animals, choosing the dog that you love the best (the finger puppet) and taking it home! It also has rhyming text, which is enjoyable for young children and makes the book flow nicely. This simple story is sure to please all little boys and girls.
The illustrations are very nice. They're bright, colourful and fun. Lots of different animals are featured throughout the book but the main attraction on each page is the finger puppet dog, who children (and parents) will love wiggling around!
'The Dog I Love Best' is suitable for children 0+. I would say it would most benefit children 2-4 years. The back of the book states that the educational benefits of the book include hand-eye coordination, interactive play and language development.
I've decided to give this book 4 stars due to the fact that it's a nice chunky book with nice illustrations, story and finger puppet. However it's not a ground breaking book (it's quite 'safe' in my opinion, not a huge amount of excitement!) and is quite small (especially as it's priced practically the same as an average sized book). I recommend,