Usborne Baby Very First Play Book Animal Words

img_20160223_200413_kindlephoto-5146283.jpgThis book published by Usborne is a lovely lively book of animals for babies and toddlers to enjoy on their own or with parents/older siblings etc

The book was first published in 2016 and was written by Stella Baggott.

The front cover shows various animals and many have shapes cut out of them lovely for little fingers to poke through and makes it easier to turn pages. The fun part though is that for every animal which has a shape cut out of it underneath you can see the colour of the animal underneath the gap for instance the eyes of the owl on the page below become the spots of the ladybird on the page below. In addition to this there’s shapes which you can follow your finger along such as the worm you can feel the wiggly shape of it instead of just seeing it which adds to the interest but offers another way for young children to learn and understand.

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Pages showing what may be found in a woodland

Boo who is now 17 months old loves looking at this book but also with me telling her what the creatures are. She also enjoys it when her older brother Monkey who is now 7 looks through the book with her and does animal sounds or pretends to be a snake or an elephant when she’s looking at those animals.

I really like the feel of this book and even though we’ve had it for a couple of months it still looks new despite it being read several times a day and eaten by Boo as she’s teething!

For a colourful lively book with cute cartoon animals this is a lovely little book. It gives enough information to small children with animal names and the pages of animals are grouped i.e. farm animals, forest animals, insects, sea creatures and jungle which can lead to further reading and understanding as the child grows.

As Boo is unable at this time to tell me how many out of 10 she’d give it I can only go on how much she looks at this book and requests it so I would suggest 8/10 as she has other books she enjoys more. I will give this 8/10 as it can grow with the child demonstrated even by my son being still interested in flicking through the pages with Boo and it has led to discussions with him regarding the many featured animals.

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