“ Author: Fiona Watt / Format: Rag book / Date of publication: 01 May 2012 / Genre: Novelty Books / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Interactive & Activity Books & Packs / Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd / Title: Frog / ISBN 13: 9781409537083 / ISBN 10: 1409537083 / Alternative title: Usbourne Cloth Books: Frog - Fiona Watt / Alternative ISBN 10: 1409537080 „
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I recently attended our school fair and managed to pick up a couple of things for my daughter, including this cloth book 'Frog' by Usbourne, which I paid 30p for but I think can retail new at £6.99, although I have a feeling mine may have been a slightly earlier edition as the new edition is smaller from what I see online.
This cloth book has been written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells, the two names behind the very baby friendly Usbourne 'That's not my' books. This was one of the reasons I bought the book, as I recognised those two names, I am fond of Usbourne books and I liked the fact that it was very colourful and could be thrown in my daughter's changing bag or kept in the car easily as it is obviously quite a flexible book being a cloth book.
This book follows Bob the Frog as he goes in search of his friend Fifi the frog. With each double page, you can follow the trail that Bob takes as he jumps along. On each page there is some basic text, just long enough to keep a younger baby's attention. Bob jumps along a log, past some rabbit holes, round a duck's nest until he gets to the lily pad, where children can lift the flap and see the two frogs meet. Babies can also press the squeaky noise at the back of the book when the frogs meet. As well as the colourful pictures, a lot of the illustrations include things for babies to feel and touch, including fluffy bunny ears, flapping birds wings, a soft duck.
My daughter was just turning 10 months old when I bought this book, and to be honest, I think she was nearly a little old for it, even though I am sure it has been designed for babies up to a year. For this reason, she does show some enjoyment of the book, in particular she loves the rabbit pages and the floppy ears that she can move, but she will reach quicker for other books more than this one, and I do think it is probably down to her age. If I had had this book when she was around the 6 months mark, with all the bright colours etc I think she would have enjoyed it better then.
All in all, this is a bright colourful cloth book that has a nice story along with the touch and feel elements of the book to keep baby entertained and interacting, however, I think this book is aimed better at babies around the 6 months mark, who are attracted by the bright colours, whereas my 10 month old seems to follow the story more and more in a book. A lovely cloth book for younger babies!