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That's Not My Penguin - Fiona Watt
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That's Not My Penguin - Fiona Watt
Advantages: Great introduction to textures, and introduction to books in general.
Disadvantages: Steep at full price, a little boring for parents after a while
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.
Summary: Touchy feely penguin book