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We've had a birthday and a Christening in our house recently so we have been inundated with books which I think is absolutely fabulous as the gift of reading and learning is one of the best you can give in my opinion. It's never to early to read and I have been reading to my son since he was born. He has been lucky enough to join in story time with his older sister so he is used to books that are a bit old for him but sometimes it's nice to read a book that is more for his age and this pop up book fits the bill perfectly.
It is called The Very Busy Bear and it is by Jack Tickle and is called a peek-a-boo pop-ups. It is published by Little Tiger Press and on the back the cost is marked as £8.99. It says it is not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts which I gather at the pop up bits but I think this is being a bit over cautious as my one year old is fascinated by the pop up bits and I don't think is in any danger by reading this.
On the back the synopsis of the book is, "Here's the very busy bear. He's reaching through the leaves to gather yummy honey from the friendly, buzzy bees! The forest animals are brought to bustling, rustling life in these playful pop-ups that toddlers will adore!"
Inside the book starts by telling us that, "lots of forest animals are hiding in this book, waiting to pop out at you, so come and take a look.
We firstly meet the bear in question who is a gorgeous big snugly brown beat with a cute welcoming face and also with a little baby bear in tow too. The bear jumps out of the page as you open up the book with his arms outstretched trying to reach the bees in their hive. As the book goes on we meet other animals such as wild boars, hedgehogs, a woodpecker, beavers, stag and dormice. The favourite by far for us is the stag which has great big antlers and a head that burst out of the page and really show you what an imposing animal he is. I think this is a really nice way of teaching kids about different kinds of animals that you don't see in most other books, usually you see cows, sheep, horses etc so to have animals such as Stags and hedgehogs really gives them a wider understanding of wildlife.
The colours in this book are lovely, really bold and authentic too. I like the fact that the animals are draw as they appear in the wild so it would be easy to spot them if you see them out and about on your travels to zoos or wildlife parks etc. The pops up are really great and really do pop out of the page and bring the animal to life. One word of warning with a pop up book though is that it is very appealing to little fingers and my son loves to touch and pull at the pages, I don't mid touch but I do mind him ripping the page so you do have to be careful with pop ups. We have had one accident with the dormice where the little one that pokes through the nest hole has unfortunately been pulled out. My husband was able to fix it but he said it was a bit tricky as you need to make sure you stick it on properly so it continues to pop up when you open the book.
That said this is a wonderful book with nice bold black text to make it easy to read. Its a fun poem book with lots of rhyming lines to make the story flow and to make it really interesting and one that all us of in our house take a great deal of pleasure from.