Book reviews - babies & toddlers (page 6)

There are so many wonderful books being published for babies and toddlers that new parents will have great fun choosing and sharing. Here are some recent titles for babies and young children. 

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100 First Things That Go from DK Publishing

Young children love to share books with their adults, and this colourful board book offers plenty of opportunities for spotting and talking. The clearly labeled vehicles are grouped by type of place, such as trucks, tractors, in the air and on the water. There are vehicles by colour and even make-believe vehicles as well as a page of children's toy 'vehicles'. It's a great selection, stimulating and well chosen for maximum appeal. The pictures are a good size, the text labels clear and the colourful backgrounds set it all off well. Use the pictures to stimulate storytelling - the emergency vehicles rushing to the rescue, or an exciting day at the races. A lovely gift for a baby.

Flip, Flap, Find! Counting 1, 2, 3 from DK Publishing

Little ones can count the 10 die-cut eggs on the front cover, before enjoying the counting activities in this colourful board book. They can explore a world of animals - flamingoes, hummingbirds, chameleons, tortoises and more are hidden beneath the large sturdy flaps. But first children have to guess "What will my babies be?" - and they can get clues by peeping through the die-cut holes in the flaps before opening them; it's nicely done. It's a good way to encourage young children to think about animals as well as developing early counting skills. The detailed pictures offer plenty of stimulus for discussion.

Roar with Zog based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Join Zog and help him learn his lessons at dragon school with the detachable wand that can be hovered over the star on each page to activate a different sound. He learns to fly, to roar, to breathe fire and capture a princess and children can help by waving the magic wand over the star to hear the sound. It's an interesting variation on pushing the button to hear sounds and easier for little fingers - but mind you don't lose the wand, which slots neatly into the cover.

Listen to The Nutcracker by Marion Billet

Enjoy the most iconic tunes from The Nutcracker with this attractive board book. The book is intended for the very young reader, although older children and adults won't be able to resist pressing the buttons to hear the music; they are good length extracts, clear and enjoyable. The book has a button on every spread, which triggers one of six different samples of beautiful music from The Nutcracker, including The March, The Chinese Dance and (of course) The Sugar Plum Fairy. Little ones will soon be dancing along to the tunes, as they enjoy hearing the text being read aloud too. Colourful animal characters make the book very attractive. It's good that the buttons are really easy to press, so no frustrated little ones! A lovely way to introduce the classic ballet.

Baby Robot: A Beep-buzz, Light-up Story! (Light & Sound Board Book) by DK Children

This bright colourful interactive book has so much to offer little ones as they explore the pictures, lights and sounds. Baby Robot is a colourful character who is always very busy - so busy, that he is tired by the end of the day. His lights don't shine and his sounds are fading away. He tells Big Robot, who reassured him that there's nothing to worry about... just like all little ones, he needs sleep to recharge his batteries, and next morning, he's ready to go again. The buttons are really easy to press - sometimes they are hard for little fingers, but these are perfect and help develop fine motor skills. Children will also learn shapes as they press the labelled buttons. Baby Robot is a lovely character, and the book is reassuring and perfect for today's children who will love the clear sounds and bright lights. It's brilliant - so much in one book.

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Book reviews - Babies and toddlers (Little Learners)
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