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"We were given this in my daughter's Book Start bag…"
We were given this in my daughter's Book Start bag and I must admit I wasn't that impressed with it to start with. My 1 year old daughter thought differently though and loved the book from the first time we read it. The baby photos are very clear and I think this is why the book is such a hit - she loves looking at what the babies are doing. The text is simple with just a sentence about what each baby is doing, perfect for little babies. The mirror on the lats page is just the icing on the cake as far as my daughter is concernec!Read moreLess
"We received this in a Bookstart bag when my daughter…"
We received this in a Bookstart bag when my daughter was six months old and it's been a firm favourite ever since. This Little Baby by Sandra Lousanda is a 14 page board book especially for little babies and has a small amount of text for mum and dad to read to baby as well as a large picture of a baby on each page so your little one can flick through the book herself.
The text is in the form of a rhyme and my daughter is just one now and she laughs when I put emphasis on the rhyming words so I think this book definitely helps her to start understanding the ways in which language can be used. She also recognises some of the words in the book because it uses words that we use to her everyday - apart from the fact that we change the word 'Baby' to 'Ba-ba' on most pages! I love the fact that the rhymes are simply constructed and fun to read, the author really did have the babies in mind for this basic form of poetry and this shines through in the book.
The photographs of the babies in the book are beautiful. Of course all babies are beautiful, but these little ones have been captured with lovely expressions that you cannot help loving and cooing over while you're reading. My daughter particularly likes the photograph of the little boy on the front cover who is displaying a really welcoming smile to introduce you to the book and looks geninely happy with the smile reaching his eyes as well as his mouth.
There is a twist to this book, and I think you'll forgive me for giving away the ending, because the very last page has the rhyme:
"And this little baby is the one I love best" and instead of another beautiful baby shot there is a mirror for your little darling to see themselves and know they are the best baby in the world. I think this is a lovely touch to the book and my daughter will hold the book and look at herself for ages, and then turn the page to compare herself to the little girl on the previous page. It is lovely to watch her interacting with the babies in the book and pointing at their noses or ears as she's at an age now where I'm starting to teach her the names for things and I think this book is going to help me to get her recognising parts of the face.
Because this is a board book my daughter can happily hold it herself and play with it without fear of ripping the pages or creasing it. When she bites it (as she often does) the pages don't get soggy and I can tell this is a good quality book as the corners haven't started to disintigrate even though she likes to have a good chew of it sometimes when we're not looking! I have watched her opening the book and giggling to herself at the photos of the babies, she happily look at it alone for a good 15 minutes which I'm sure you'll agree is something special to get an active one year old sitting down quietly for so long! I love sitting watching her play with This Little Baby because she chuckles and gurgles the few words she knows to the babies and strokes their faces to say hello which I think is really sweet.
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"This is black and white photographs of babies doing different…"
This is black and white photographs of babies doing different things, which we actually got free with Bookstart. My baby loves it, it's definately in his top 5 books, and he chuckles away at the pictures of babies. I'm hoping it will build empathy! It's compact and sturdy and good to take on short bus journeys to distract them.Read moreLess
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