I buy a lot of books for my little boy, and this is one of the nicer ones I've purchased.
What first attracted me to this book was the cover, which is a lovely light blue colour with a very cute picture of a baby wearing a fluffy textured hat. The picture on the cover is the same style as on each page - very simple - even child like - illustrations, but very charming at the same time.
On each page is a baby in various environments, each with some part of them being interesting to touch - ie silky mittens or squashy socks etc. My little boy loves these touchy feely books as I'm sure most babies do, and it just makes it a bit more interesting for him rather than just sitting and listening. This will also help him to associate different textures with their descriptive words.
The actual story is again very simple, just ten pages, but with a exciting ending which involves a mirror - once again allowing the baby to become more involved into the story. My son is two and a half now, and can actually recite the whole story by himself - thus proving it's simplicicty - however it is still a book he comes back to time and time time again.
This book is made of very sturdy and thick cardboard, therefore has lasted so well and still looks in perfect condition - a sign of it's great durability where my son is concerned.
I purchased this book form my local asda for £3 around six months ago, and can see on the back that the reccommended purchase price is £5.99. At £5.99, I may not have bought ths book as I tend to pay a bit less for baby books, but at £3 I'm pleased to have made this purchase and have found it to be good value for money.
I would say that this book is perfect for little ones form age 1 to 3 - a real treat to read and see your little cherub getting involved by feeling the textures and seeing himself in the mirror at the end.
A nice little book.
Thats my baby - it's you!
The That's not my...... range of book is one of my favourite ranges of books for babies and young children. This range comes from Usborne books and 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." My friend has just had a baby boy and I wanted to get his big sister a present too so the new baby didn't get all the attention. I decided upon one of these books as I though she could read it to her new baby brother and they could both get enjoyment out of it.
What's great about the That's not my baby book is that it comes in a girl version and also a boy version so you can have it either for a new baby boy or new baby girl. The girl version as you would expect is pink and the boy version is blue. I decided to buy the blue boy version for my friend.
That's not my baby like all the other that's not my books is a board book so is quite robust and chunky and will stand up to chewing, heavy page turning etc. It is also size A5 so it's easy for little fingers to hold and the perfect size for taking out with you for playdates etc. This book is wonderfully bright and colourful. On the front cover there is a cute little baby boy with a hat on and the first phrase goes, That's not my baby..... his hat is too soft. The book then goes on and on each page there are different sensory elements that little kids can touch and feel which will allow your little ones to touch and feel them and get used to different textures and feelings. We see a baby boy with different things that are so familiar to babies, such as socks, mittens etc and also a duck which is too fluffy!! On the end page we find that, "That is my baby .... it's you!, and you see on the final page a wonderfully big mirror for the baby to look in. This is my favourite part as my baby for one loves mirrors and I know that other babies do so this is a great thing for them to look at and play with and also to see themselves in.
A lovely little story that your little ones will want to read again and again. 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. I bought this book for £5.99 in Waterstones but sometimes if you look on Amazon you can find them for a few pounds cheaper, such a great gift.
'That's not my baby' is a children's book from the Usborne 'Touchy-feely' range of hardback books, all of which aim at providing a textured story for little ones to enjoy. When I say textured, I mean that each page has a 'feeling' element to reinforce the story, a trait that I find is great at encouraging the early development of little ones.
When it came to buying an Easter gift for my little nephew earlier this year, I opted to buy him a couple of books. This was mainly because he already had an abundance of toys, and at only six months old, he was obviously far too young to eat a chocolate egg. I set out to buy a small hardback book for him instead, and 'That's not my baby' immediately appealed to me for two reasons; firstly - and very importantly - even at only six months old he already had an interest in sitting 'reading' a book, enjoying sitting on our laps and staring at the hard-backed junior book in front of him, whilst our cooing voices told the story.
The second reason I selected THIS book as a gift over any others in the shop at the time was quite simple, my little nephew adores looking at himself in the mirror, as I suppose lots of little ones do, and the inside back page of this little book had a plastic mirror inside, allowing the little one to see his own reflection as the final page was turned....genius!
The very short story starts out relatively simply, as we would expect in a book aimed at such a young audience. In actual fact, each of the 'double' pages only has a handful of words on each of them, thus making it a very easy book to read aloud whilst ensuring that what little attention span such a young child has is held on the story throughout. I think if the story itself was much longer, it would be just too easy for my nephew's attention to waiver.
The story starts on the front cover of the book, and the title "That's not my baby" is actually the first sentence of the story. This sentence is repeated several times throughout the book, and each time a response of sorts is given such as "his duck is too fluffy", by which point there is of course an extremely cute image of a toy duck on the page, complete with bright yellow coloured fur. Allowing the child to feel this fur with his fingers only adds to the enjoyment that the story provides in my opinion, and we certainly encourage the 'Touchy feely' aspect to the book, putting my nephew's little fingers on the duck and allowing him to feel this, as well as all of the other different textures throughout the story book.
This idea of course develops throughout the book, and on the last page the mirror is revealed and the words "THAT'S my baby - It's You!!" can be emphasised to the little one, allowing him to see his own reflection and bring the hunt for the right baby to a satisfactory conclusion, no doubt.
The idea behind the 'Touchy Feely' books is a very clever one in my opinion, and in actual fact this little book has proven to be one of my nephew's favourites, well according to my sister - his mum - anyway! He actually has a lot of little books that are similar in style to this one, small, square in shape and hardback, with perhaps only 6 pages or so within. Whilst he will happily sit with the 'That's not my baby' book in front of him, even turning the pages by himself when prompted by putting his chubby little fingers on the edge of the cardboard page, similar books don't seem to capture his attention at the same level and often end up discarded, with the last few pages of the story remaining untold.
The concept of the books allow the child to 'interact' with the story on a higher level than if the images were only printed on the pages, which is mainly due to the variety of different textures and feelings the child can experience throughout the story being told. Lines such as 'That's not my baby, his hat is too soft' allow the child to confirm this for themselves, as the hat on the image of the baby will be made of a very soft fabric for example.
The important sensory skills and language skills that a young child needs to develop can only be helped along with a book like this one, in my opinion. I find it incredible how such a young baby like my nephew can benefit from 'reading' books like this one at such an early age, and I am confident that the images used as well as the language used within the book can only benefit his development and concentration as he progresses.
Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this book for babies and toddlers alike. It does everything that it claims it will and more, and I'm already looking for a second book from the 'Touchy Feely' range from Usborne Books as a little present for my nephew. I am going to award this book five Dooyoo stars, and each and every one of them is well deserved.
It is worth noting that the edition of the "That's not my baby" book I am reviewing is the 'boy' edition, but the book is also available to buy in a 'girl' edition. As I have not seen or read the girl edition I cannot comment on what the differences might be.
Each edition of the 'That's not my baby' book is available to buy new from all good book stores and some larger supermarkets such as Sainsbury's and Tesco, where it will cost you £5.99. Alternatively, you can order it online from www.amazon.co.uk, where prices are around £4 for a new copy... Highly recommended!