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My son is only 9 months old but has already developed a love of books and, knowing this his grandparents purchased him this touch and feel book as a gift. The book is aimed at children from 1 year plus but my son looks at this with me and enjoys it now.
The book is a hardback book and has thick cardboard pages that can be turned easily by little hands. The cover is a light purple in colour with darker purple checks. There is a big picture of a smiling gingerbread man running. One of the buttons on his front is cut out to reveal a soft spongy material that can be touched by baby. The corners of the book are rounded so not to cause baby any injury.
The story is printed on the right hand page of a double page spread. Each page is filled with bright colours and a bold picture. The story is about a baker who bakes a gingerbread man but when he opens up the oven door, the gingerbread man escapes. Various people (and animals) chase the gingerbread man to try and catch him but they are unable to. Then, a fox offers to help the gingerbread man but, instead eats him up. Each page also has a textured area to stimulate baby, this could be rough like the baker's tray or soft like the fox's fur. Along the bottom of each page the line 'run, run as fast as you can you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man!' is repeated.
This is a lovely book that is really stimulating to my son - he loves the bright colours and the 'business' of the pages. He enjoys feeling all the different textures too and turning the thick pages. I enjoy reading this book with him as it has a proper story to it - his other touchy feely books tend to not have a story or be very basic. I hope to use the book in future to teach my son words such as 'fast', 'rough' and 'soft' and to learn his animals too.
I am not sure what was paid for this book but the RRP on the back is £5.99, but it can be found a little cheaper online. I think around £5 is a good price as the book will last a while as baby will get different things from it as they age and develop. A lovely book.
My son received this touch and feel gingerbread man book for his birthday and it quickly became a family favourite.
The book is a hardback and contains 10 pages. These pages are thick and strong so they can stand up to a fair bit of battering. The book is a decent size and perfect for a toddler to hold - not too small that it is fiddly to turn the pages and not too big that it is difficult for them to pick up.
The story revolves around a cheeky little gingerbread man who has been made by a baker. When the baker takes him out of the oven the gingerbread man comes alive and runs off! A chase then ensues with various people and animals all trying to catch the gingerbread man, who just sings his catchphrase 'Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!'
Sadly, the story does not end happily. On the final page the gingerbread man is tricked by a crafty fox who then gobbles him up. I wouldn't normally reveal the end of a story but I don't think it matters as much for a child's book. I also think it's important for parents to know that the gingerbread man gets eaten at the end so they can decide whether tehir child will get upset. My son isn't at all bothered that the gingerbread man gets eaten, in fact he seems to find it hilarious and even pretends to eat him from the pages! However, some more sensitive children may get upset by the ending so it is best parents know what happens and can decide if their child will be okay with this. I would imagine most children will be fine with the ending though.
*Touch and Feel*
Each double page has one touch and feel feature. It is a different texture each time e.g. scratchy, smooth, woolly. These tactile features are good and provide an extra bit of interest for young children, however I think more could have been made of this. Seeing as it is advertised specifically as a touch and feel book I think there should have been more for the child to touch and feel! There is only one little tactile part on each double page but I think there should have been at least two different textures on each page, if not three.
Despite the lack of tactile parts, I do really like this book. The illustrations are simple but effective as they are so bold and bright. The story is a classic and my son loves to join in with the gingerbread man's catchphrase. If the book had a few more touch and feel bits then it would have had 5 stars but I do feel disappointed with what appears to be minimal effort on the touch and feel side of the book.