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Over Christmas we had some friends round and they very kindly brought both us and our five month old daughter a gift. For my little girl, they gave her this book 'Baby Colours' published by Dorling Kindersley, and it has now become one of her favourites at bedtime. I say favourite, not because she can tell me, but due to the fact that when I read it to her, her attention is completely focused on the pages of this book.
It isn't always easy to get books that are able to keep the attention of young babies - they need to be short in length so they don't tire, but with plenty of colour and textures for them to interact with and enjoy. This book has liftable tabs that a baby can lift to look underneath. This is a hardback book which should therefore withstand some chewing by my little girl who is currently teething rather badly!
This book is just the right size to enjoy with a baby and they can even hold it themselves. The book contains 16 pages, each double page devoted to a particular colour. Each page has a question such as, 'What's behind the yellow wellies? and when you lift the tab underneath is the answer, in this case a picture of a duck, saying quack quack. The other colours explored are green, purple, orange, red and blue.
Although my daughter is not quite able to lift the tabs herself, (she is desperately trying to do so though!) she loves watching to see what is underneath, and the variety of colours, alongside the colourful photographs that act as pictures of things such as crabs, trainers, dinosaurs and butterflies hold her attention throughout the book.
As baby gets older, not only can they lift the tabs themselves, but it also has great educational and language features. This is a great book for older children to help them learn their colours, so it is not limited to use simply for young babies.
All in all, this was a great gift for my daughter, and she seems to love it. The bright colours keep her attention and she can't wait to get lifting those tabs to see for herself what is underneath. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone with a young baby or toddler.