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Usborne Big Touchy Feely Book: Kittens - Fiona Watt

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Fiona Watt, Rachel Wells / Hardcover / 12 Pages / Book is published 2001-10-26 by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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      01.05.2010 22:49
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      A nice book to add to a childs collection

      Usborne Touchy Feely book of Kittens

      Nearly Purrfect...but not quite

      I have already written a review on the other big texture book of the series, 'Usborne Touchy Feely Book of Puppies' which is rather similar to this one with one big exception - this book is focused upon, you've guessed it, kittens!

      My daughter loves these touchy feely books and has done since she was a very young baby. I feel that these sorts of books are really great for young babies to start recognising different textures and feelings and as children grow they appreciate the textures for what they feel like and also the lovely brightly coloured pictures. The story itself is more like a caption based story with short sentences on each page referring to each picture.


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      THE BOOK AND STORY
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      This book is presented in the same way as other books in the series, though in a slightly larger form. The cover, as the inside pages, are hard backed/board backed and very thick so not easy to rip or tear which is great for young hands.

      The book itself is very eye catching with a bright green cover and matching brightly coloured pictures thoughout the whole book which really appeals to young children and babies alike. The brightly coloured pictures stand out alongside the cartoony images of the kittens and make a beautiful book to look at.

      The textures begin on the front cover with two cats playing with a butterfly and snail. These textures are both soft and rough showing children the difference of textures. My daughter loves running her hands between one and the other on the front page feeling the difference between her fingers. I have started teaching her words to describe the feelings and already she can tell me 'soft' and 'furry' which is great!

      There are five double pages within the book so is very very short, though in this case short is sweet. As mentioned already, it does not really have a story as such, more of a caption based sentence split between two pages referring to each picture and is rather repetitive which, although can be annoying to adults, helps children learn. The style runs along the lines of the first page which says; 'Most kittens like to play...but not this one' until the last page which is slightly different and a perfect ending of; 'but all kittens like to sleep'. This is also the style of the puppies book so there is no real big difference between the two books except the two different animal types. My daughter got given these books as a gift though I don't think I would have brought both together because of the same feel to them, though saying that they do go well as a set and my daughter loves both of them.

      The first double page is set within a garden setting which is brightly coloured though not crowded except for the six cats and a little white mouse that can be seen on every double page. My daughters favourite thing about this book now is actually finding this white mouse on every turn of the page and is very excited when shes found it, even though she seems to know exactly where each one is after reading it so much!

      On this first double page is four different textures upon the cats and their garden toys; a white furry texture, red bumpy ball, a smooth cut out texture on the bucket which actually doesn't feel any different to the page texture, and a very scratchy texture which actually 'burns' the fingers when rubbed too hard.

      The second double page is within a kitchen setting - another favourite place for kittens! Here there are five kittens with three different textures; A very soft fluffy texture, a carpet texture and a softer carpet texture. They are all different textures though not hugely different. This does not worry my daughter, though, and she still loves finding and feeling all the textures.

      The next double page has five more textures in another outside scene where the kittens are climbing up a tree. The textures on this page are mainly soft and fluffy with only a small difference between them all - perhaps the authors ran out of texture ideas?! There is also a shiny part on the snail which is smooth to the touch though my daughter prefers looking into this and seeing a shadow of herself.

      The next double page holds similar textures in another garden scene with three soft and fluffy cats as well as a repeat of the snails texture from the other page in a different colour though this time it has more of a sticky texture. There is also a mirror hologram on the water puddle which my daughter loves looking into, laughing as she sees herself in a funny way!

      The final double page has another four textures, again, mainly repeats of other textures in the book though this time in a fireplace scene.


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      FINAL WORD
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      There are a lot of repeated textures within this book, less different feels than the puppies book which is a shame, though this does not mean that this is a bad book. It is a lovely book for young toddlers to look through and my daughter really loves it. The brightly coloured pictures are fantastic and although adults tend to hate the repetition, my daughter learns through this as do other children. I just feel it is a shame that there is not more textures within it.

      This book has a RRP of £6.99 though can be picked up for as little as £2.50 online. I was able to get this book for free from my mum as a gift for my daughter which was great as I really wouldn't have brought both the puppies one and the kittens one. It is a good book to buy, though, but I would recommend looking at a lower price before buying. I am glad we have this book though saying all of that as my daughter really does love this book as she does all these types of books.

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