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My daughter is almost five months old and has already amassed quite a collection of books, some of which were Christmas presents including this one 'That's not my Teddy' which is part of the Fiona Watts series of books entitled 'That;s not my.....'. My daughter now has several from the series and I absolutely love them. They are published by Usbourne and are classed as 'touchy feely books' since on each of the double page spreads there is some textured surface for a little on to touch. My daughter is too young and not quite coordinated enough to reach out and touch the textured area but she loves looking at the pictures. All of the books in the series are hardbacked, which is ideal for children, especially when everything gets brought to the mouth to chew and investigate. These books usually cost around £3 of £4 although Amazon currently has this particular book on sale for £2.49 which is a great price in my opinion. As you will see from the picture at the top of the screen, this book is blue in colour with a picture of a big teddy bear with soft paws for baby to touch. This book is ideal for either boy or girl. It is really the little mouse that features on each page that tells the story of 'That's not my ......' as he looks at different teddy bears and realises they aren't his teddy bear because of the woolly paws, or the rough paws, or soft nose etc etc. Within a double page spread there is lots and lots of colourful pictures to look at and to keep the attention of even a small baby. My almost five month old looks intently at all the pictures and studies and studies everything before I turn the page. At the end of the story, the mouse always finds his item, in this case his teddy bear, and is has a fluffy tummy which baby can stroke. These books are ideal to pop into your bag when you are out and want something to amuse your baby, but they are also just the right length for even a small baby to concentrate on. As baby develops they can enjoy touching all the different textures on each page and therefore it is a book that should last a child a good length of time. I use this book a lot at bedtime, as my daughter seems to enjoy it, and it keeps her attention very well. I am a big fan of this range of books and can't wait to add to my collection!
Reading and books have been something I have encouraged with my twin boys from a very early age. From around 9 months I would always make sure we had "quiet time" which involved. It has also been a great way of me spending some one to one time with my boys on an individual basis when we choose a book to read. At 9 months my boys were just mesmerized by the bright colours in books but now at 16 months they find reading very exciting and love to turn pages and touch the book which is why I have bought "That's Not My Teddy" by Fiona Watts and many other books from this series. The cover price of the "That's not my teddy" book is £5.99 as are the other books from this series. Personally as much as I like these books I think this is quite expensive. However Asda sell a number of books from this series for £4 and you can also purchase a number of titles from this series, including the "That's not my teddy" book online from Amazon for £3.50. The book is published by Usbourne, written by Fiona Watts and illustrated by Rachel Wells as are the other books from the "That's Not My..." series. The book is a sensory book meaning that there are lots of different textures to explore as you read. On various book websites they advise these books are suitable for up to 3 years. I think because the story is very basic and short this is probably about right, older children would find these a little too basic. The title of the book "That's not my teddy..." is pretty much repeated on every page and on the 4 pages there is a reason as to why that is not the correct teddy with the last page of the book explaining why it is the correct teddy. I think the repetition of words is excellent and with older toddler help them to repeat the phrase. With my friends little girl who is 2 she says "not teddy" when we read this. The story is very basic but the reasons why the teddy is not the correct one links to something to do with texture. The first page the teddy has a nose which is too soft, which on the page the nose is made from soft material. The next page the teddy has too fuzzy ears, and there is a section on the page of fuzzy material. On the next page the teddy's paws are too rough and on the page there is a Velcro like material which gives the feeling of rough paws. The next page the ears are too squashy and the teddy on that page has very smooth squishy ears. Finally on the last page the teddy is the correct one as he has a furry tummy. There is a big patch of furry teddy like material on this page. Out of all of the texture I feel this is the one that takes the most wear from sticky fingers or drooling babies and on this page in our book the teddy's fur is slightly matted. At 16 months my boys do not really understand the story in the book but love to turn the pages and feel the different textures on the page. When I first started reading this series at 9 months to them I would put their hands to the textured sections, however as they developed they were able to recognize the textured sections and now reach out for them. Each of the pages is also very bright and colourful which I feel is very attractive and engaging for a young child. The book is made from a thick hard wearing and durable cardboard. The outer cover is made from a wipe able material which is means if sticky fingers get onto the books any marks can easily be removed. There is also a textured section on the front of the book. Each cardboard page is around 3mm thick which makes it impossible for children to tear the pages, either by accident due to uncoordinated movement, or when fighting over books which is a regular occurrence in our house. The spine of the book is also very durable meaning even if it is bent over on itself pages do not fall out or the book is ruined by doing so. The "That's Not My Teddy" is a great book, I really like it as it has universal appeal and would be a good purchase for a boy or girl, whereas some books in the Fiona Watts series are more geared towards a boy or a girl as they are excessively pink or excessively boyish. My boys love touching, turning the pages and looking for teddy. And as a parent I feel these are a quality, yet fun book which I really enjoy reading with them, especially as there is always a happy ending!
My daughter recieved a set of three of these books for her first birthday. They are very nice quality and great to look at. A great book from birth .The board book is the perfect size for small hands to explore and esily turn the pages. The pictures are bold and colourful , and on each page is a touchy feely part. As a book there isn't much of a storyline which is fine for the target audience, as babies like repetitve sentences. Each page has the line 'that's not my teddy... its nose is too soft'. The part of the teddy it mentions for example the nose is where they place the feely patch made of fur , velcro, perforated card. Babies love to touch and explore each page and spend time turning each page.On every page there is a small mouse which as the child gets older they can search for and point out. My daughter is 16 months now and has got quite bored of this series , so I will put them away until she is learning to read as they will be a great aid to learning. These books are extremely popular for good reason and everyone I know from playgroups and family friends rave about them. They are quite expensive but ELC have them on 3 for 2 offer which make them more affordable.
My baby son is now 14 months old and I was looking for some things for him for Christmas, he has some fabric and bath books but had no real readable books of his own. I was in Early Learning Centre and spied their books were on a 3 for 2 offer so I thought I would have a look, it was then I saw the "That's not my....."series, I had seen reviews of these before so thought I would check them out. I purchased 3 books in the series, the cover price is £5.99, a bit too expensive but they were on 3 for 2 so I bought 3. I bought "That's not my teddy", "That's not my monkey" and "That's not my monster", I am reviewing the "That's not my teddy" but will make mention of the other 2. The book is a board book, basically made from hard wearing thick cardboard so able to withstand quite a bit of abuse from small children. The book is one in the series written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells for Usborne books, more information on Usborne books can be found at www.usborne.com "That's not my teddy..." is a touchy-feely book meaning that for small children and babies who do not read they can enjoy the textures in the book. This book has a blue cover with the picture of a teddy on the front, the teddy is holding up its paws and the paws are made from a woolly fabric, so the touchy-feely starts from the very cover of the book. The books are aimed at babies and children up to about 3, although my 5 year old did take a strong interest in them. This book is 10 pages long, the story is very basic, it is the search for the right teddy, a little white mouse appears on each set of 2 pages as if telling the story. There are very few words in the story, the repetition of the words "that's not my teddy" and the description of some part of a teddy with a touchy-feely bit. The first teddy has a patch of material on its nose and this is too soft, the next teddy has textured paws which are too rough, then there is a teddy with a patch on its ear that is too squashy, and then a teddy with ears that are too fuzzy, finally ending with the right teddy with furry tummy. The story is short but sweet and the illustrations are lovely, bold, bright and eye catching. My son who is a young child has no real comprehension of the story but I rub his fingers over the textured parts and he then does this himself when looking at the pictures. The monkey and monster books are the same theme and style, I like the monster one best and my son does seem to have caught on to the feeling for the textures. I suppose the best part of the stories is spending some quiet time with your child and just enjoying something simple for 5 or 10 minutes. I would recommend these stories to share with small children, the series is quite extensive and there would be something to suit all tastes from teddies, to puppies to monsters and dinosaurs. May appear on other sites.
Another great title in the Usborne touchy-feely series of books, written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells, this time is the turn of an array of teddy bears! This series of books is aimed at young children (about 1-3years old) and is very engaging to them with bright simple pictures and an area of differing texture on each page. The RRP is £5.99 but you will find it cheaper in Tesco, amazon.co.uk etc. It is a board book so can withstand the enthusiastic page turning associated with babies/toddlers!! On the front cover is a picture of a teddy holding it's arms up with the text "That's not my teddy...... ...... it's paws are too wooly" with lovely soft paws for your child to explore. Over the next few pages you encounter another 4 teddy bears illustrated in a simple picture with bright colours and each with it's touchy feely part that's not right, such as it's ears are too fuzzy,it's nose is too soft. On the last page you find 'your teddy' and "his tummy is so furry". This is a lovely addition to the series and most children will associate well with the teddy making it a well loved book that will be read over and over again.
That's Not My Teddy is one of the books in the much loved Touchy-Feely range written by Fiona Watt. The books are aimed at 1-3 year olds and are designed to improve the touch and sight in relations to specific words by giving a dfferent textured feel to a part of each drawing. The front of the book has a picture of a teddy, and the texture variation on this picture is that he has woolly hands. The writing above the picture says, 'That's not my teddy....', and then under the picture: 'its paws are too woolly.' The idea is that the adult reads it to the infant, who can then hear the word woolly, and feel the woolly paws, thus learning what woolly is, and also associating things such as paws and teddies. Further pages on the inside include eyes that are too shiny or paws that are too rough, and the idea is to try and find the right teddy, which we do on the last page! The book is a board book, that is to say each page is hardback, and the drawings all feature a mouse, as Watt's trademark in all of the books. I do like this book as well as the others in the series, and I actually find them very useful for my 4 year old as he is learning to read. His reception teacher actually uses these books for him and others in his class, and I find them rather useful for this purpose. I recommend these books for their intended purpose, and although they are also useful for learning to read, there isn't a great deal of variation in the wording, so perhaps they aren't ideal, but still a good idea, and it's nice to have a different use for the book as opposed to seeing it having served is purpose. The books retail at £4.99 and are available from most bookshops. I am sure you'll be able to find them cheaper around a charity shop or on the internet, but that of course is up to you.
Thats not my teddy is one of several titles in the 'Thats not my....' range of Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books. The latest one I bought for my baby bear was 'Thats not my teddy'. This series of books are aimed at babies, and this particular title has 12 pages. Each page has a picture of a different teddy and the text will read 'thats not my teddy' and then will describe the teddy using a suitable adjective like fluffy, shiny, hairy, etc. The page will have a textures surface that the baby can touch. In my experience, babies find these books really engaging. A little mouse appears on every page, who is telling the story. At the end of the book you will find your teddy bear abd the text will read 'thats my teddy bear!' much to the delight of the baby. These books are suitable from about 2 months up to 2 years and are a big favorite with my baby. I like them because the baby can tune into the feel of the different textures, and not just simply the story. These books can be picked up for about 5 GBP
That's Not My Teddy is part of the popular range of Usborne touchy-feely books. It's one of the older 'That's not my...' books being first published in 1999. There are seemingly squillions of these books although currently twenty four are available from the Usborne website (http://www.usbornebooksathome.co.uk), including items such as ponys, robots, dinosaurs and kittens. The premise is simple. We are looking for a teddy, but before we find the one we are looking for we look at five others who do not fit the proper description. There are textures to touch and look at which help explain why the teddy is not the one we want. On each page, starting with the cover, is a picture of a teddy bear and the words; 'That's not my teddy', followed by the reason why, eg, 'its paws are too woolly' and you can prove this by touching the said offending paws and feeling just how woolly they are. The others have either unfeasibly fuzzy ears, too soft noses or shiny eyes or are perhaps in need of some aqueous cream on their feet, (rough paws). At last on the final page we find the teddy we have been searching for. It's the one with the tummy that is so furry. The little mouse which also feautures on each page now looks very happy. The simple repetitive nature of the prose makes this great to read with the very young and at ten months it is one of my daughters favourites. It is a board book so practical and hard wearing and the illustrations are clear and bright. This book can be bought from the publishers website for £5.99. Alternatively it is currently available in used and new on Amazon for only 37p.
I hear, from a reliable source, that the best books for babies and toddlers are often the simplest. Well, when I say ‘hear’, I’m embellishing slightly; she can’t actually speak yet, at least not coherently. But the old adage ‘actions speak louder than words’ is certainly true in my daughter’s case. “That’s Not My Teddy” is an Usborne Touchy-Feely book, one of a range of board books for very young children, written by Fiona Watt. It’s the best of all possible shapes: a perfect square. Squares are better than circles, triangles, hexagons and rhombuses for obvious reasons, and more aesthetically pleasing than rectangles. 16.7 cm by 16.7 cm is a nice size too. Yes, I’m ashamed to say I got my ruler out to measure it. The pages are nice and chunky, which makes turning them easier for little hands that lack dexterity. There are only four pages inside the book, yet the spine is 2.2 cm thick. Do the maths. Them’s thick pages. The tale begins on the front cover. Below the title is a simple drawing of a teddy holding its paws up. All the illustrations are done by Rachel Wells, and she really knows how to draw for small children. You know what I mean: large, smooth, colourful shapes, outlined with bold, black lines; capturing cuddliness and cuteness with the minimum of effort. But … look closely now. Do you see anything different about this teddy’s paws? Why, I do believe that this teddy has got woolly paws. And I don’t mean drawn-on woolly. The card has been cut away to reveal little patches of wool for little fingers to touch. Ooh, how funny! And at the bottom of the page, continuing on from the title “That’s not my teddy….” is the explanation “it’s paws are too woolly.” The book carries on in a similar style. Each different teddy bear takes up a double page; on the left side are the words “That’s n ot my teddy”, and on the right is the reason why we know it’s not. When the teddy’s nose is too soft, the teddy has a big round nose of smooth cloth. When it’s paws are too rough, the material on its paws is coarse and bumpy. Shiny eyes to touch, fuzzy ears to tickle… you’re getting the idea, right? And all the way through, on each page, a little white mouse can be found peeping over the teddy’s shoulder, carefully appraising each one. But every children’s book needs to have a happy ending, doesn’t it? On the last double page, we find a brown teddy bear, plainer than the others, but a comforting familiar plainness; definitely the nicest, cuddliest bear in the book. And if the mouse’s victorious posture isn’t enough to tell you so, the words “That’s my teddy!” leap out at you, and “His tummy’s so furry” confirm that our long search is over. And it’s true: his tummy is the softest, furriest tummy of all. The beauty is the combination of simplicity and careful design. The repetition of “That’s not my teddy” and the following short sentences are an ideal way to teach first words and the colourful pages and big bright pictures hold small children’s attention. The different textured surfaces add an extra dimension to stimulate the senses, providing a surprise at each turn of the page. It’s also a sturdy design, with wipe-clean pages and rounded corners, that should resist rough handling. This is an ideal first book, suitable even for younger babies, who will love just to grip it and stare at the bright drawings. The other books in the “That’s not my…” range feature bunnies, kittens, puppies, trains and tractors, and they can all be ordered online at www.usborne.com. It’s books like this that encourage children to love reading, and it deserves to be praised accordingly. I do, there fore, praise.
Innovative board book combining colourful illustrations and simple text to develop sensory and language awareness.