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I really love the Usborne books they seem to cater for ages of children and their standards never slip. From a very young age my boys have had Usborne books. We started with the touchy feely books with my first and he has moved onto the Farmyards tale stories. My youngest is 14 months and he really loves the touchy feely books at the moment.
It was on a recent regular trip to the library I came across this gorgeous Christmas book by Usborne. I had already got a Christmas book for my eldest so this one seemed ideal for the youngest. A touchy feely book about Christmas.
On first impressions the book looks lovely. The front cover has a cute Christmas feel to it. With three mice on the cover, funny as a mouse always appears on every page of an usborne 'it's not my book'. There is a stocking, holly and Christmas hats all set on a lovely purple background. It makes me feel all Christmassy just looking at it. The book is a board book typical of this kind of touchy feely book. It feels very strong and my little one has no problem turning the pages. I feel confident leaving him to sit and look at the book alone.
The book is made up of five scenes all on a double page spread. As you would expect from Usborne the pages are bright and enticing for a young one. All the scenes are of Christmas and contain several things on a scene that are made of different textures. The scenes are of the inside of a house that is being dressed for Christmas so everything is glittery and shiny with lots of rich Christmas colours.
My son just sat still in amazement at the pictures something short of a miracle really. He really is a wiggle bottom but then aren't most at his age. His little finger kept pointing at things on the page and his face would light up with enjoyment when he felt something different. He hasn't started talking yet but he was making happy little sounds while he sat and explored each page.
This book does have a short amount of text to it. It is very simple but never the less my eldest sat and listened. He too really enjoys the book. I think it has something to do with the giant shiny Christmas tree at the end. The little mice are setting the house up on Christmas Eve for Father Christmas coming. My eldest son sat and pointing out every single thing he could see in the picture scenes. The pictures are quite detailed with lots of little things. I think my son is slightly excited about Christmas now.
I am amazed such a simple book could bring so much excitement and enjoyment to a two and a half year old and a 14 month old. I will be sad to send this book back to the library and I know my sons will be too.
This touchy feely book retails at £9.99. It may sound expensive but it is pretty fair for an Usborne book. What you get with this book is quality and many fun hours of your little one looking at it and exploring all the textures there for them to find. Currently Amazon have this book reduced to £6.49 and I would it is a bargain at that price and may just have to get it myself for the boys.