February 18, 2014

New Board Books

With three children, we have been through a lot of board books.  My oldest was rather gentle on books.  She didn't eat them or tear them, other than a few flap books.  My younger two children are rather literally devoured (portions of) books.  It's actually quite amazing how many books we need to say goodbye to because they have been torn apart and cannot be repaired.

With all of that said, I am delighted when a we are given a new board book as a gift or from a publisher.  Little Sister, age 2, pours over board books in bed, and we read many together.

This first bunch of books is from Tiger Tales, a great publisher.  We have been given their books as gifts and have given them, too.  We've also reviewed for them a handful of times and have come to expect great books from them.  When this batch of books arrived on the doorstep, I was quite pleased.
Noisy Farm is a sensory experience for young children.  Not only do the farm animals have textured
fur and feathers for the child to touch, but when they press the textured area, an animal sound leaps from the pages.  I also like the multiple photographs of each animal and the facts included.

Lift and See Animals is a fun book.  Though it's a "My First Matching Book," it is still appropriate for
my five year old.  (My chapter book reader can also be entertained by these...)  Each page spread begins with a large photograph of an animal.  The facing page has three up-close images of animals' coats/flaps and the reader is to match it to the large photograph.  Then you lift the flap to find out what the animal is by lifting the flap.  One of the close-ups had me stumped which is why even older children can enjoy it.

Sweet Dreams, Little Bear is a sweet bedtime book.  The rhyming text kind of makes me want to go to bed myself.  "The golden sun sets in the sky and so we wish the day good-bye."  The illustrations are soft and show the adult bear and cub as they prepare for bed.
Previously, I shared about how the I Say, You Say books which help facilitate speech in young children.   I liked them so much that when I had the opportunity to review two more titles in the series I was excited to do so when offered the chance by LB Kids.

I Say, You Say: Colors is a simple lift-the-flap book of colors.  Each page spread invites the child to respond with the correct answer of a color.  "I say grass, you say...GREEN!"  Some children may be a bit confused about grapes though.  Though grapes are purple, we call them red.  I just thought I'd mention it to you, since in all honesty I think a better color choice could be made.  I really enjoy this book with Little Sister, age 2.

I Say, You Say: Feelings is another lift-the-flap book with bold illustrations.  It will likely take a young child a few times through this book to be able remember how the sentences end.  (My daughter doesn't remember, but will say some of the words when prompted.)  "I say sad, you say CRY!" I like that Carpenter includes emotions familiar to young children, and this book might help them to be able to label their feelings.  This addresses happy, grumpy, silly, sad, excited, sleepy, hurt (physical, not emotional), and love.  Overall I do like the book, but I do not consider it to be a great resource for increasing speech.

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}
Disclosure: These books were provided for review purposes.  I did not receive any other compensation for writing this post.  As always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. By purchasing an item through a link, I will earn a small percentage. Thank you!
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