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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Fiona Watt / Board book / 10 Pages / Book is published 2007-08-31 by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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      16.12.2012 21:01
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      Great fun for reading together

      I love penguins and hope my son will too. We received this as a Christmas gift from a relative and I have to say it makes a great Christmas present for a young child. The that's not my books are great for children as they involve repetition so older toddlers can start to recognise words. For younger children and babies they are great too as they encourage your child to touch and explore the pictures as each picture contains an interesting texture to explore.

      The illustrations are good. There are a range of textures from rubbery feet in one picture to the fluffy baby penguin. I like the velvety wings personally. In addition to the penguins there is also a cute little cartoon mouse on each page. The pages are easy for little hands to turn which I like as I want to encourage my son to read and enjoy books. They are also fairly durable and survive well to being thrown around and also given my son's teething pain being chewed!

      Overall these are super fun to read with your child and given the current weather pretty apt too! At £5.99 they represent good value although do shop around as sometimes there are bargains to be found online.
      The only drawback is that they stimulate my son a bit too much at night time so they are not great for bedtime reading.

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        03.07.2012 22:36
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        Touchy feely penguin book

        My son got this book as a christmas present quite a few years ago, when he was only a month old. He now has quite a few of this style of book and has really enjoyed them all.

        That's not my penguin, is one in a huge range of Usborne 'That's not my' books, by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells. These books are touchy feely books, aimed at very young children. The books in the range cover a range of things, from toys, animals, vehicles and fantasy charcters. The books all follow the same style/layout.

        This book, like all Thats not my books, is a board book, with a slightly thicker front cover. The books are square shaped and are about 6 inch squares in sizw. The book is the perfect size for both adult and child. I really like board books especially for young children as they are almost impossiblt to rip, and with that wipe clean laminated feel to both covers and pages, they are easy to clean. Sticky handprints or baby dribble can easily be wiped off. The book is really sturdy and can deal with all the events of a baby/toddlers day to day life, being thrown out the buggy, to being chewed on.

        That's not my penguin doesn't follow a story as such, but a series of statements as to why the penguin on that page is not our penguin. This is the same on each page until we find our penguin on the last two pages. Each penguin has a different feel/texture for your child to explore.

        The book consists of 10 pages, with one penguin/texture spread across 2 pages. The front cover also has a textured penguin. The textures/feels featured in the book are, fuzzy, velvety, silky, shiny, rubbery and fluffy.

        This book, like all in the range is aimed at very young children, and is a great introduction to textures. This book is also great for showing your child about the winter season, making it perfect for christmas time. Most pictures feature snow, so I found this a great topic to talk to my son about as he grew more aware. We also see the penguins doing things that penguins do like swimming and gliding on ice, makes the penguins and there habits another topic of conversation to have with your child.

        The illustrations in the book, are large, colourful, and very eye catching, making them great for the little ones. The illustrations have some background detail, like snow and snowflakes, but nothing too much as to distract children from the textures. My son does find the penguin on the first two pages scary, and I can kind of see what he means, but the rest are really cute. There is also a little mouse on each page, that once my son was a little old he liked to point out to me. The font is large and black, and although the textures aren't that intresting to my son now he is 3, I have found these books great for getting him to follow the words on the page, and I believe they will come in handy when he is learning to read.

        The board book pages make the pages easier to turn with their little hands, giving them the experience of books from an early age. The books have also stood the test of time, and I know I can keep these books for my future children I may have, or pass on, as all the books my son owns in this series look as good as new.

        I also found as my son got a bit older I could give him the book to look at, and amuse himself while I got on with the dishes or that other little bit of housework that never gets done.

        Overall a great little book for young children. The books in the Thats not my range are a great introduction to textures, and to books in general. However as there isn't too much of a story to them, parents may get a little bored of them.

        This book and others in the range have an RRP of £5.99, which I feel is a little on the steep side, however you can pick them up in various offers in stores and online.

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          27.12.2011 21:20
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          Every little reader should have one!

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          Where IS that pesky penguin?
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          This is one of several books we own in this lovely, popular series of children's books. For anyone not familiar with the books, we follow the adventures of a little mouse as he looks for a certain item that belongs to him, rejecting the wrong ones along the way by saying: "That's not my xxx!" and telling us which characteristics make it not quite what he is looking for.

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          Careless mouse
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          There are many books in the range, from That's Not My Tractor and That's Not My Dolly, to That's Not My Kitten and That's Not My Teddy, which all involve the little mouse losing something and trying to find it. You see these books all over the place - not just in bookshops, but also in libraries and the houses of just about anyone I know with young children!

          The books are square in shape and quite small, and have very thick, sturdy pages, making them pretty much indestructible... I think! The illustrations are simple and cartoonlike, and very bold, making the animals easily recognisable.

          What makes these books so special - and so popular - is that each page has a different textured area which makes the pages very interesting and tactile for babies and young readers. Textures range from rough and bumpy to soft and fluffy, so every page has something interesting for young readers to investigate.

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          Fluffy baby
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          The penguin version of this book is just right for winter so hopefully this review is well-timed. Every page is icy or snowy and features the wrong penguin - right up until the last page of course! On the cover we have a penguin whose tummy is too fuzzy and through the pages we have rubbery feet, silky heads and so on, until we get to the right penguin which, rather sweetly, we know is the right one because "its baby is so fluffy!". As with all the books, the pictures are bright, bold and simple and very appealing to younger readers.

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          Second time around....
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          My daughter really likes these books and has done since a young age. At 3, she now recites the words along with me and still enjoys feeling and exploring the different textures. I think, however, that their days are numbered as I think these are definitely for younger readers - but luckily for us baby number two is on its way so we will hopefully be getting some more use out of these some time next year!

          These books are widely available and you will find them on amazon for around the £3 mark which is a bargain for such lovely books that young readers seem to love reading and exploring. Highly recommended.

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            16.12.2011 17:42
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            A great stocking filler for any baby or toddler

            As a real bookworm myself, I've tried to pass on my love of the written word to 20 month old Freddy and as well as toys have bought him many books for birthdays, Christmas or no real at all. One of the books I bought for Freddy as a stocking filler last Christmas is "That's Not My Penguin", a touchy-feely board book written by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells and published by Usborne. There are countless titles in this range covering many everyday (and not so everyday) topics including trains, teddies and cars, all of which follow the same format. These board books are brilliant for babies an young toddlers, at approximately six inches square they are a good size for them hold. The lightly laminated pages are resistant to dribble and being made of thick board they are tough enough to withstand almost anything a toddler can throw at it.

            There isn't really a story as such, more a succession of different penguins, each of which features a different texture to explore along with a reason why it isn't our penguin until we get to the final page where we eventually do find our penguin. To be honest, it's not the most interesting book for an adult to read and there have been a few occasions when I've wished this book was as strictly seasonal as "That's Not My Santa" so I could look forward to putting it away when Christmas is over. But the pleasure Freddy gets from the simple repetition more than makes up for the mind-numbing effect it has on me.

            At 20 months old, Freddy is perfectly capable of deciding which book he wants to read and whether he wants to sit and read it alone or have it read to him. That's Not My penguin seems to be the favourite of the moment and a book that Freddy will spend a good ten minutes looking through and one that he'll bring to me to read to him at least once a day. When he reads the book on his own he can be observed closely examining the bright, simple illustrations and exploring the touchy-feely aspect. The pages are the perfect size and thickness for him to turn and the book has survived his slightly rough handling with the only damage being a few creases down the spine.

            While I love that Freddy loves to sit and read this book on his own, (it's really sweet to find him sitting on his bedroom floor reading), we also love to share this book. (Although Freddy may enjoy this a little more than me on those days when he wants it read to him four or five times in succession). When Freddy first received the book he needed a lot of help when reading it, with me pointing out the touchy-feely parts but now he knows exactly where everything is.

            What we love about this book is that even before we turn the first page we are treated with a penguin with a fuzzy tummy to feel and then right through the book we are treated to a good variety of different textures, from velvety wings, to silky heads, to shiny beaks, to rubbery feet. Then on the last page we finally find our penguin with it's fluffy baby. Freddy absolutely loves this baby penguin and fair coos over it (which is really sweet to watch). Another thing I like is that each penguin is different and different breeds are represented, not that I know the names of all the breeds are. I also like that all the penguins are doing different things, one is sliding along the snow on it's tummy, while another is swimming, which gives us something else to talk about. The backgrounds are very simple though and don't give us much to talk about, but there is another level to the book in the form of a little mouse that is hiding (in plain sight) and I can ask Freddy to look for it.

            While there's no way I would turn reading into a chore, as with all books this is helping prepare the way for Freddy to learn and love to read. The repetition of "That's Not My Penguin" will help him steadily learn that those squiggles are actually words, while the different textures help to increase his vocabulary and put words to what he is feeling. We've also been using this book to actually talk about penguins along with watching films such as Happy Feet and the latest BBC documentary, Frozen Planet and we're going to see some real life penguins at the zoo tomorrow.

            This is a lovely book from a lovely series, one that Freddy loves and will either read or ask to be read several times a day. An ideal stocking filler, it's a book that can be read throughout the year and yet feels a little Christmassy due to the snow. I really can't recommend this book enough for babies and toddlers up to about the age of three or four and both Freddy and I agree that it's definitely worth five stars out of five even at full price of £5.99, never mind at the £3.29 Amazon is asking (including delivery).

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              24.10.2010 00:11
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              A great series!

              Part of the hugely popular Usborne book series, this addition is a charming and clever read for babies and toddlers alike, who will adore it for its tactile features.

              My daughter was given this book for her first Christmas when she was 11-months old and she loved it instantly. She was aware of the concept already, having been introduced to these books at around four months old.

              The idea is simple and revolves around a particular character or theme, this one obviously being the penquin in question. The book starts with a series of statements explaining why the character does not belong to the reader. For example this one says; "That's not my penquin, its wings are too velvety" followed by "That's not my penquin, its tummy is too fuzzy" and so on until the book eventually finishes with "That's my penquin, its baby is so fluffy!"

              Each statement is accompanied by touchy-feely pictures and typically each book will have some fluffy, rough, metallic or rubbery textures. The bright pictures, simplicity, simple language and varied fabrics help to develop sensory awareness and language skills as well as an interest in reading.

              The book is chunky and durable as it is made out of thick cardboard with glossy, wipe-clean pages and it has stood the test of time very well, as have the other books we have from the series, despite daily reading.

              I cannot compare any of the books as my daughter loves them all. As well as the three we own, we often get others out from the library and they are always her first choice whenever she wants a story. At 18-months old she is very excited by books and is keen to locate the touchy bits as well as point out the little random mouse who appears throughout each book.

              I love these books, my baby loves them, and they are well-priced at around £4.99 each, or cheaper, depending on where you buy. They are always available on special offer from places like The Early Learning Centre and Amazon, often on 3 for 2 deals.

              This one, in particular, makes a lovely Christmas gift as it is very season appropriate and festive.

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                06.08.2010 21:43
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                A lovely book to get children involved with

                Thats not my penguin is another great addition to the Thats not my.... books series by Usbourne publishing and the kids at nursery love them. They are cardboard touchy feely books which get children involved in the story. These books help children as they learn to read and they link the touch and feel of the items and pictures on each page to the words.

                As well as normal fabric you get in other toucy feely books, Thats not my penguin includes foil, bumpy card type material, fuzzy material, velvet material and links it to the story.

                The story reads Thats not my penguin his wings are too velvety, his tummy is too fuzzy, his feet are too........ I'm sure you get the idea.
                The repetition in the book also helps with early reading skills children get to know what is going to happen next and the 3 year olds in my group are soon reading it back to me from memory.

                Whilst reading this book children are using to build on their discriptive language by trying to explain how each item feels. they are learning body parts as the book names the different parts of the penguins body, and they are enjoying the story. the illustrations are lovely they are bold and filled with block colour with an added piece of material on each penguin.

                I would really recommend this book for younger children the ones I care for are 2-5 years and they all enjoy a story they can really get involved in. We purchase our Thats not my books from the educational catalogue however it can be purchased on Amazon for around £1.50 and I have also seen it in supermarkets for around £4 its a bargain and because its a cardboard book its more hard wearing than paper back books.

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                29.01.2010 13:54
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                Nice book to have - fascinating to babies.

                Apparently some children have their own penguins (and cars, dragons, Santas) and all penguins are different.

                That's what I've learnt since reading this to my daughter. Or perhaps they belong to the little mouse who's also on every page!

                This is just one of a lovely series of books published by Usbourne. Including the penguin on the front page there are 5 penguins which aren't mine, and one that is. The ones that are rejected (for want of a better word) all have distinguishing features which a baby can touch and see - the feature in question is tactile, and each page feels different (eg - its feet are too rubbery). The last page is 'my' penguin, with a fluffy baby - obviously the cutest one in the book.

                This is the first 'That's not my..' I've bought but have borrowed other from the library and have since ordered 2 more - car (my hubby will no doubt enjoy that one too) and kitten. They are good quality, although the £5.99 cover price could be discouraging - I don't know anyone whose paid full price though as they are often discounted, especially on amazon. They are very robust books and this has so far withstood being thrown across the room, chewed and hit with a shoe and it still looks good.

                The illustrations are lovely and the pages nice and thick so really are a nice introduction to holding books for children (as they can't rip out the pages).

                Lovely.

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                Nice books to start children with from a young age.

                This is a great book to read with little ones! My niece liked it from about 5 months and she still brings it for me to read to her now - she is 30 months.

                If you haven't come accross the 'That's not my....' book before they have few words and work on repetition (which todlers love) and lovely illustrations. What makes these books special is that they have special inserts into each page when a part of the main character ( a pengiun in this case) have been replaced by materials that are; soft to touch, shiny, crinkly, furry etc.etc.

                Someone somewhere is making a fortune out of this series- if you look in toys are us and mothercare etc etc there will be shelfs full of these books - thats not my fairy, tractor, teddy, snowman, puppy, kitten etc etc. I am sure you will find one to suit your child.

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                03.01.2010 07:44
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                Defiantely worth buying for younger babies, they are beautifully illustrated and fun to explore.

                We descovered the 'That's not my...' range from a mummy friend of ours just before Christmas. That's Not My Penguin is an Usborne touchy feely book written by Fiona Watts and beautifully illustrated by Rachel Wells.

                The 'That's not my...' range are hardback books for younger babies. They have large bright images and each image has a section which may be fuzzy/smooth/crinkly/shiny/velvety etc where baby can explore different textures and bond with mummy or daddy (or whoever likes to read to your little one). This range of books come in many different topics including tractor/princess/dinosaur/monster/dragon/puppy etc, all running the same theme. These books dont have a lot of words but follows the same theme each page repeating for example in this book, 'That's not my penguin. Its wings are too velvety.' They always start with the title and the reason why its not, and baby can feel and explore the pages.

                We bought two of these for our little girl fo Christmas. She is completely infatuated with learning and experiencing new things/noises etc so we thought these books would keep her interested as opposed to a normal childrens book.

                We sat and we read the first page, and she grinned a big gummy smile at the brightly coloured penguin (although I think it looks menacing!) and I began to read. I helped her find the wings where the texture was velvety, she absolutely loved it. She looked completely bemused and as the pages went on we discovered the silky penguins head, the shiny penguins beak, the rubbery penguin's feet and the fluffyb baby penguin which happens to be 'my penguin!'.

                I enjoyed these books thoroughly and feel although my daughter is too young to perhaps understand the book, we are creating valuable bonding time and working on all important language skills.

                This book has a wintery feel but I would definately recommend this book all year round, its very interactive and my little one loves it.

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                  21.07.2009 00:27
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                  Possibly the most educational in all the series,

                  THAT'S NOT MY PENGUIN is another book in the Usborne "That's Not My..." Touchy Feely Books series.

                  The Touchy Feely books aim to help children develop their language skills and provide a stimulating sensory experience, as well.
                  The drawings include different fabrics and materials of various textures.

                  In each book a little white mouse searches for something that belongs to him.

                  There have been several editions of this series, and with every new edition the books have undergone some design alterations, with the colours often changing from one edition to the next, and the drawings being tweaked.

                  The edition I am reviewing is the lastest one.

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                  In this book, the little white mouse is searching for his penguin.

                  One noteworthy aspect of the book is that each scene features a different species of penguin.
                  I am no expert on penguins, so I cannot name all the species, but I recognise an emperor penguin, a magellanic penguin and an erect-crested penguin.

                  Cover: "That's not my penguin... its tummy is too fuzzy."
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                  The cover shows a penguin whose belly is a white synthetic mesh, like short-fibred velcro.
                  The little mouse is wearing a red wooly hat and a stripy scarf.

                  Page 1: "That's not my penguin... its wings are too velvety."
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                  This is an amazing scene!
                  It features what looks like a southern rockhopper penguin facing us, its wings spread wide. They are made of a glistening, velvety, black fabric.

                  Page 2 & 3: "That's not my penguin... its head is too silky."
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                  This penguin is wearing a green scarf and has a big, shiny, orange patch on its head, which is made of a silky cushion.
                  The penguin is lying on its belly, with the little mouse sitting on its back.

                  Pages 4 & 5: "That's not my penguin... its beak is too shiny."
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                  This is yet another type of penguin, with a shiny beak that is squashy like a cushion.
                  The penguin is wearing an orange wooly hat.

                  Pages 6 & 7: "That's not my penguin... its feet are too rubbery."
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                  This is a great one! The little mouse is decked in full diving gear, with pink flippers! :D
                  The penguin's feet are made of black patterned rubber.

                  Pages 8 & inside of back cover: "That's my penguin! Its baby is so fluffy."
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                  Aaawwwwwwwwww.... The little mouse finds his penguin, and it has a fluffy baby!!!

                  This scene is very cute. The adult penguin looks down at the baby penguin perched on its feet.
                  The baby is wearing a red wooly hat and its body is made of grey fur.

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                  The book has a hardback cover and board pages.

                  The cover and pages are wipeable, bar the fabrics and materials used to create the "touchy-feely" parts.
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                  The book is made with paper from a sustainable forest, and its exact dimensions are: 16.6 cm x 16.3 cm x 2 cm.

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                  The book is written by Fiona Watt, and the illustrations are by Rachel Wells.

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                  The RRP is £5.99, but it I would recommend buying online and even checking the supermarkets, which tend to sell it for less.

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                  This is one of my favourite "That's Not My..." books.
                  I really like the fact that the artist drew different species of penguins, which are accurately depicted and are easily discernible.
                  This not only makes the book more interesting, since we are not looking at the same penguin in every page, it also helps educate children about the different species of penguins that exist throughout the world.

                  It is definitely a book that I recommend for children. Very, very lovely.

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                    23.02.2009 12:45
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                    Everybody's favourite in our daughter's book collection

                    This book was actually bought for me when I was pregnant with our first baby two Christmases ago. Knowing my love of penguins, and obviously aware of our imminent arrival, it was an inspired gift choice from my best friend.

                    For 6 months the book sat on the shelf until our little girl arrived. But once she was born, we introduced her to That's Not My Penguin from an early age and it's now one of her favourite bedtime books.

                    The book is part of a series of touchy-feely books from Usborne called That's Not My.... and featuring a whole range of child friendly animals and objects, such as dinosaurs, teddy bears and of course penguins. As it was a gift, I can't comment on how much it cost. The RRP of £5.99 seems a little steep initially, however having seen how much our daughter loves this book and how much use it's had it would be well worth that price and it can probably be sourced for less.

                    The books are extremely solid hard backs, about six inches square, which makes them robust enough and small enough to pack in a bag for travel. In addition to being a bedtime favourite and a great travel companion, the solidity of the book makes me happy to leave my daughter playing with it without worrying about it getting damaged when it inevitably ends up in her mouth or gets pulled and thrown around. My husband, who is very averse to doing the bedtime story, enjoys reading this book because it's quick and easy to go through but holds our daughter's attention very well. The only downside for him is that she often indicates that she wants to go through it a second time!

                    The story is very simple - the narrator is searching for a lost penguin and searches through several options before finally meeting the elusive creature on the final page. It begins on the front cover and continues through five double page spreads. Each page of the story features a different penguin, which has a body part that has been replaced with a touchy-feely area. The textured area is the feature used to tell us whether this is the right penguin or not. So for example on the front cover, the penguin's 'tummy is too fuzzy' and the white area of the penguin's tummy consists of a fuzzy material that also makes a satisfying crinkly sound when rubbed.

                    The textured areas of the book are most certainly the biggest pull for my daughter at 9 months old. She's enjoyed feeling the different textures with help since she was about 4 months, but she now instantly reaches out for the next area and has begun to turn the pages in anticipation of what comes next. This is a great way for her to learn how books work and get an enjoyment of 'reading' books from a young age. The size of the book and the thickness of the pages, means she can easily turn pages herself without help, something she still finds difficult with the larger books on her shelf.

                    The penguin illustrations in this book are simple but beautiful. Different species of penguin are featured, which will add an additional element (at least for this penguin loving mother!) when our daughter is a little older. Bright colours and varied backgrounds add to the appeal. The print used for the words is big and clear, which I imagine will be a beneficial feature for a child of reading age. A final feature is the inclusion of a mouse on each double page, as well as on the front and back covers, which I assume is a feature of the whole range of books. Our daughter is just beginning to notice the mouse and will occasionally point to it. This feature will add to the longevity of the book as I'm sure in a few months she will enjoy searching for the mouse as we read.

                    POSITIVES
                    Small, compact and sturdy
                    Whole range of books to suit different tastes and interests
                    Great touchy-feely areas encourage page turning
                    Easy to read and clearly printed
                    Beautifully illustrated
                    Anything with penguins gets a thumbs up from me!

                    NEGATIVES
                    Seems a little pricey at £5.99, although probably available for less and on reflection well worth that price tag

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                      21.02.2009 11:22
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                      A wonderful set of books

                      That's not my penguin is one of many books from the That's not my book collection from Usborne. I purchased four of these books as a Christmas present for Rhys, I bought this book from Amazon for £2.99, I got them cheaper than the usual price as I bought four of them together, the usual price for purchasing one by itself is £5.99.

                      For those of you that aren't familiar with this range f books, they are touchy, feely books and are designed to develop your child's sensory and language development.

                      The book itself measures 17cm x 17cm and is made of very hard cardboard. Each page is made of very thick cardboard so is ideal for little fingers as the pages cannot be torn, screwed up or chewed.

                      As previously mentioned the title of this book is That's not my penguin, so there is a picture of a penguin on the front of the book. The penguin's tummy has been cut out of the cardboard and inside the tummy is a patch of fuzzy, white fabric for your child to feel. Above the penguin it says 'That's not my penguin' and at the side of it is says 'its tummy is too fuzzy'

                      You then turn the page to find another picture of a different type of penguin, this time it is spread across two pages. Again above the penguin it says 'That's not my penguin' and then at the bottom of the page it says 'Its wings are too velvety'. The penguin has its wings spread out across the page and each wing his cut out and there is a very soft, velvety fabric inside the wings that your child can feel.

                      The book then continues in the same way, each page has a different texture and fabric for your child to touch. Then at the very end of the book you see a picture of a big Mummy penguin with a baby penguin in front of her. The caption then reads 'That's my penguin!' Its baby is so fluffy' and the baby's tummy has a very fluffy piece of material on it.

                      Although these books are all the same, in the respect of the theme they follow, they are all very different as the pictures and the textures really bring the books to life. My son is now 9 months old and its not very often I can get him to sit still on my knee! But he will always sit still while I read these books to him, he really loves them! He really enjoys looking at all the brightly coloured pictures and feeling the different textures on each page.

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                        29.10.2008 15:58
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                        a good way of introducing children to textures

                        I have begun collecting some of the "That's Not My" series of books for my daughter as they are a great way of introducing books to toddlers.
                        Some of them I will be keeping back for Christmas presents, but I decided to give her a couple before Christmas to introduce her to what the winter season is all about. I'm not expecting her to understand it all but it will be nice for us to have stories that relate to the seasons and the weather.

                        That's Not My Penguin obviously features penguins. For anyone who hasn't heard of this range of books, they are a range of hard backed books suitable for one to three year olds. They are all designed around a theme and each page has a sensory patch in the picture to get children used to the different textures and feelings they will come across in life.

                        The penguins in this book are all different and each page has a different section with a different texture attached to it. The textures in this book range from velvet, a polystyrene kind of bumpy feeling, silky material, shiny leather like material, rubber, and fluffy material.
                        You are encouraged to read the story which only features one sentence per page and it's all about why this isn't your penguin you're looking for, and then encouraging the child to feel the different textures on the page.

                        It's a simple enough process which can be made into a much bigger story. The pictures in the books are bright and clear. The penguins are illustrated in brilliant detail which are eye catching to children. On each page of the book there is the obligatory mouse that pops up on each page in the whole series of That's Not My books.

                        I chose to get That's Not My Penguin because I thought it would be a good lead up to the cold weather we are having, and as my daughter likes reading books a lot of the time, we can elaborate on the pictures in the book and talk about the snow falling and the wind blowing, and generally how the weather will be cold as we get closer to Christmas.

                        There is a penguin in a different environment in each page, in the snow, swimming underwater, sliding on the ice, and looking after the young penguin. With only six pages in the book it won't take very long to read, but it's a great introduction for little children, and they are just the right size to hold and carry around with them at about 20cm by 20cm.
                        Each page is thick board and the spine appears to be durable. If anyone is going to break them unfortunately it'll be my daughter as she is quite destructible at the moment.

                        The books are sold through Usbourne but can be bought in other places. They retail at £5.99 each but you can get them for as little as £2.99 on Amazon depending on the titles.
                        Written by Fiona Watt and Illustrated by Rachel Wells. I only wish I had been clever enough to think of the concept as they have been a huge hit with families everywhere.

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                          15.10.2008 10:09
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                          That's Not My Penguin - a good Touchy Feely book

                          That's Not My Penguin is one of the books in Usborne' Touchy Feely range written by Fiona Watt. The touchy feely books are aimed at 1-3 year olds and are designed to help the little ones improve their word association and touch and sight skills. They are a wonderful range of books and are highly praised.

                          That's Not My Penguin follows the same mould as the other books in the series. The story is that we're trying to find 'my' penguin, and we go through first a series of penguins who aren't 'mine' for various reason. As an example, the front page features a picture of a penguin, with the text reading, 'That's not my penguin...its tummy is too fuzzy', and the tummy of the actual penguin feels fuzzy, thus helping the child to associate between hearing the word fuzzy and feeling what fuzzy feels like. We then go through a series of similar 'wrong' penguins, before finally finding the right one, which has a fluffy baby, and that's how we tell its 'my' penguin.

                          Each page features a tiny mouse as part of Watt's trademark on each picture and in each book. This is a nice touch, and the mouse is often involved in some way with the story of the picture, not just there for the sake of it.

                          I recommend getting at least one of these books or even more if your child takes to them. It provides a nice bit of variety to have more than one, and they are rather durable. They are board books, which means they are hardback all the way through, and are well made. The books retail at £4.99 each and are available from most bookshops.

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                            30.12.2007 21:45
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                            A chunky board book with a new texture on every page for the youngest of readers.

                            As it was coming up to Christmas I decided to buy this for my little one to add to his growing collection of 'That's not my' books.

                            If you haven't come across this series of books they are aimed at the youngest of readers and follow the same theme. On each page you see the line 'That's not my....' and the object which can range from robots to dragons, to teddies to cars to dollys to princesses to pirates to mermaids. The list is seemingly endless. It then says why not - and the picture has a corresponding texture or appearance. On the final page you finally say 'That is my...' and why.

                            This may all sound like money for old rope but the books are beautifully and colourfully illustrated with a touch of humour and often contain a bit of sparkle too. Also on each page you'll find a mouse (often interacting with the story) and my lttle one squeaks every time he finds it.

                            The penguin book is particularly cute and adds a seasonal touch with the mouse wearing a hat and scarf (and even snorkelling on one page) and snowflakes falling down. The last page says 'That's my penguin....Its baby is so fluffy' with matching adorable illustration.

                            The books are a great educational tool in teaching textures and getting children used to describing what they feel or see. Who knew you could teach science at such a young age! My son and I quite often play the 'That's not my' game when we're out saying 'that's not my car it's too clean' etc!!!

                            The books are written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells and published by Usborne. They are chunky board books and very robust with pages that are easy to turn for young children.

                            I bought my book in Sainsburys for £4.99 but it is available in most outlets such as Mothercare, Early Learning Centre, Books etc and W H Smith for a similar price. It's currently on Amazon for £4.19 and just over £4 on pickabook.co.uk

                            I know it's a bit late for a Christmas present but this can be read all year round and is a lovely book to share with your little one. I'd recommend it for children from 0 to 2.

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                            Part of the That's Not My... series, this title combines colourful illustrations with a variety of different textures to touch and feel on each page. It helps very young children develop important language and sensory skills.