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Usborne Touchy Feely Books: That's Not My Reindeer - Fiona Watt

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Fiona Watt / Board book / 10 Pages / Book is published 2007-09-28 by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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      15.07.2013 19:36
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      That's not my reindeer

      The 'that's not my...' range of books are fantastic little books aimed at very young children. They are designed so that babies are able to interact with them and learn from them. The range has won awards from various book industries over the years and is now very well established in the 'touchy feely' book world!

      There are many books in this series including:
      That's not my bear
      That's not my monkey
      That's not my dragon
      That's not my tractor

      as well as many others and this one, a Christmassy themed one; That's not my reindeer.

      This book is very colourful to look at. The front cover is bright red with little black and white snow flakes in the background and the big title 'That's not my reindeer' printed bodly in black at the top. Also on the front page is a reindeer. This reindeer is drawn but the body is cut out and in the space is some fluffy material for your babies to explore and the words "it's body is too fury" written underneath.

      Each page has the same theme running through it just like with the other 'That's not my...'books where the double page is devoted to a drawing of the reindeer in all different guises. Each drawing has an interactive element such as 'that's not my reindeer, it's neck is too fuzzy'. On this page the ears aren't drawn on, instead, in the gap where the neck should be is fuzzy felt type material.

      The books are set around the very basic story of trying to find the reindeer until on the last page the right reindeer has been found and it is announced "That's my reindeer!" So the story is very simple for young minds to follow which is ideal.

      Each page has the interactive body part of the reindeer which Baby B has now learnt to find. WHen we turn a page she loves to reach out for the ears or the neck or which ever part it is to have a good stroke of the material. The pictures are all very bold and bright which is just ideal for babies who can't focus on small details.

      This book is great as it's so baby friendly! The pages are made from board so you don't need to worry about paper cuts or pages being torn. Instead your baby can have a good gnaw on it and still not ruin it! It's also a good size- a small square so although it is a bit too big for a small baby to hold it's just perfect for a baby 6 months plus. I find with quite a few books they are far too big and so my baby can't hold them herself but with this book it's just the right size and isn't too heavy for her.

      I think it's very important for children as young as new babies to learn about books. I like that there are so many options now about what to buy for your baby and that they are small person friendly with being small and made from board. My baby from as young as 6 months old learnt how to turn pages and now she does it all by herself and gets excited about what she will find on the next page!

      I really do recommend this book and others in its series. There are others you can buy which are also Christmassy too. They retail at £5.99 but you can often find them on offer for example in the 3 for 2 at Boots. They are widely available in book shops, toy shops and online at Amazon.

      This book has 10 pages.
      Was published by Usborne in 2007
      Is written by Fiona Wells
      and has the ISBN: 074608790X

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        09.07.2012 21:15
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        Touchy feely christmas themed reindeer book

        My son was given this book as a christmas gift quite a few years ago, when he was only a tiny little baby(still feels like yesterday), along with the That's not my penguin book. He has enjoyed these books greatly and now has quite a few in the range.

        That's not my reindeer, is one in a huge range of Usborne That's not my books by Fiona Watt and illustrated vy Rachel Wells.These books are touchy feely books aimed at very young children. The range covers everything, from toys, animals, vehicles and fantasy characters. On the back of the book it describes the that's not my range of books as
        "This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language aawareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches."

        All the books in the range follow the same layout.
        The book is a board book, that has a slightly thicker cover. The book is square in shape about 6 inches. I feel this is a great size book for both adult and child to handle. I really like board books for children, they are almost impossible to rip, and can deal with being chewed, or dropped. This book can easily be wiped clean as it has that laminated feel to it, so sticky handprints are easy to come off. The book is really sturdy and can stand just about anything a child can throw at it.

        This book, as all in the series doesn't follow a story as such, more a series of statements as to why the reindeer on the page isn't our reindeer. Each page follows this layout until we get to the last page where we find our reindeer. Each reindeer has a different feel/texture to it for young children to explore.

        The page has 10 pages in total, and one reindeer/texture is fetured on each 2 pages. The front cover also has a reindeer/texture on it, so the book begins before you even open it. The textures/feels in this book are furry, fuzzy, sparkly, velvety, hairy and shiny.

        This book is a great introduction to textures for young children, but this book is also great for winter/christmas time. The pictures have a great christmas feel to them with pictures of snow and snowflakes, allowing you to chat to your child about the winter season and all it has to offer. One of the pictures even has part of a christmas tree. One of the reindeers in the book has a shiny red nose, my son and I love to sing Rudloph when we get to this page, getting us right in the christmas sprit. This however does limit the book a little, you don't want to be singing Rudloph in May, so I do tend to put this book away through most of the year and get it out again near christmas.

        Illustrations in this book are large, colourful and very eye catching, so are great for little ones. The background detail adds a extra dimension to the book, without it being too much and taking away from the textures. There is also a little mouse that features on each page, front and back cover too, which my son has enjoyed pointing out. The font is large and black, and now my son is older I find that this helps him to follow the words on the page, coming in handy when learning to read.

        The pages are easy for children to turn by themselves, giving children a great first/early experience into the world of books. I found as my son got older, I was able to leave him with the book and he could amuse himself, feeling all the different textures as I got on with that little bit of housework thats always there to do.

        These books do have an rrp of £5.99, which I think is a bit overpriced for this kind of book, however I have seen them online cheaper, and in various stores in 3 for 2 offers.

        Overall a great book for young children, however this one in the range is more limited to the time of year.

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          09.06.2010 23:13
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          Good value, fun and entertaining, love these books and so does my son!

          This book belongs to a series of books that are from the fantastic Usbourne books. This book has a different picture on every page large and bright in colour with a textured area on each page for your baby or toddler to touch. I introduced my son to books through these books and he loved looking at them at four months and touchng the textured areas and still enjoys looking at them now he is 15 months. The series is quite repetative but if your little one likes something in particular like robots, pirates, puppies, ponies, fairies etc you could buy that particular one, there is lots in the range. Basically the books follow the same story line really i.e. thats not my reindeer his horns are too rough..... and then there will be an area on the picture that is rough. I think the books are great for little babies to introduce books, textures and to help with hand/eye co-ordination and they are also good for toddlers as they can join in more and search for the mouse on every page! Fantastic durable, versatile books, even if you only buy one give them a go.

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          21.04.2010 10:31
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          That's not my reindeer book

          That's not my Reindeer!

          The Usborne range of touchy feely, "That's not my....." are a lovely collection of books. Usborne say that they produce the best range of children's books in the world. A quick browse of their website will tell you that they publish almost every type of children's book for every age from baby to teenager. They were founded in 1973 by Peter Usborne and pioneered a completely new generation of entertaining, colourful and friendly non-fiction books.

          There are so many books to choose from in the "That's not my" range. On the back of the books they are described as, "This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches."

          I bought the That's Not My Reindeer book for my little girl for Christmas as it's the perfect subject for Christmas and I think made a really cute little present. I think that's definitely the beauty of these books. There is a subject matter for just about every situation and to cater for the likes and loves of every baby and toddler. For example if you have boys you could buy them, "That's not my car," or "That's not my Truck." For girls you can buy them, "That's not my dolly," or ,"That's not my fairy." There are also books about cats, dogs, monkeys, dinosaurs, pirates and on and on so they really do have a wide variety of topics.

          The books are all A5 size so easy for little fingers to hold. They are board books so are quite robust and chunky and will stand up to chewing, heavy page turning etc. I think the beauty about these books is that the storyline is short and sweet but is enough to capture the imagination of little ones.

          That's not my Reindeer is coloured red with a cute looking reindeer on the front. His body section has some fur on it and the front page says, "That's not my reindeer, its body is too furry. The book then goes on and has a shiny section, a velvet section, a fuzzy section and a hairy section. Each page is beautifully illustrated, very colourful and a really good quality book in my opinion. THe end page always says That's my....... leaving out the not as finally in the end you discover that the subject matter is the real one. In this case, That's my reindeer because its nose is so shiny and red! A lovely little story that your little ones will want to read again and again.

          All the books are £5.99 which is a little bit expensive in my opinion but for a nice gift these are great and because they are such good quality and will last so long I don't mind paying a bit more.

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            12.02.2010 16:48

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            Enjoyable

            This is a lovely book for a small child. It is small in size but the pages are very sturdy so it is ideal for being robust enough to survive the wear and tear of little readers.

            Each page has a sweet picture with some area of texture for the child to feel and investigate. Even the cover has an area of soft fur for the reindeer's body which really grabs the childs attention. There are also areas that are smooth, glittery, rough etc so as well as a variation of colours and textures there is also a range of different looks and most children like this variety to feel.

            The story is short but nice and the pictures are bright and vibrant which keeps the childs interest to the end. There are 5 double spread pages with a bright picture and a small amount of writing on each. The book is therefore ideal as a short story for an adult to read or for a child who is just learing to read to read themselves.

            The RRP of the book is £5.99 and it is published by Usbourne.

            It is part of a set of "That's not my......." books all published by Usbourne and details can be found on www.usbourne.com

            We had this book at Christmas time which is ideal but it can be read and enjoyed all year around really.

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            07.01.2010 15:41
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            Lovely book for babies and young children alike.

            I recently purchased this book for my friends 18 month old son and i must say it is fantastic, the magical look on his face as he opened it was well worth queueing for in Waterstones. As we read the book together his little face lit up with anticipation and excitement with what was coming next. What did the little mouse's reindeer look like?Will the mouse ever find his reindeer? With its vibrant colours and simple story structure it really helped focus his attention. By the end he fell in love with the story and we read it over again, much to his enjoyment.

            Over the years i have purchased other books from this range for my children and never been disappointed, in fact "That's Not My Dinosaur" is still my five year old's favourite touchy feely book.
            Not only are the books beautifully designed with young children in mind it allows the young reader to feel different textures and use their imagination as to what an animal may feel or look like. In addition it also feeds their imagination as to what may happen next and allows them to explore the story more intimately. My friends son became quite emotional as he worried the little mouse may never find his reindeer.

            The book itself is quite chunky and is made out of durable thick cardboard, enabling to child to turn the pages with little or no difficulty. Excellent i think for dribbling babies and sticky little fingers.
            I would quite happily recommend this book to any young child as i strongly believe this particular type of story and book encourages the child to develop a love of reading from an early age.

            This book has 10 pages.
            Published by Usborne in 2007 and written by Fiona Wells
            ISBN: 074608790X

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            Ideal for babies and young children to learn from

            We got our 6 month old this book for Christmas, along with a few others in the range. I must say these are brilliant books for babies and young children. I was a bit scepitcal at first about how good these books really were, but my son loves them! They dont have much of a story to them, and they all follow the same format. Basically, the books consist of several pages of images(which wont be the reindeer for example) and the book will say things like 'Thats not my reindeer, his coat is too fluffy' for example. For this caption it might have a picture of a sheep, with a touchy feely bit, where the child can touch and discover different textures. Its a great interactive book. Its a nice simple idea, but allows the child to feel different textures, and asscoiate them with differnet types of animals. The only downside to this is that theres not much of a story, so it doesnt hold the interest of the adult for very long!
            Apart from that, the books are nice and solid, made of thick card which is always good, espcially when the child wanst to dribble and put everything in his mouth!

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