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My daughter was given this book and a similar one by the same author for her first birthday a few months ago. She didn't seem to show much interest in it so I thought the book wasn't for her. Recently though she came across it in her book pile and has gained much enjoyment from it. I don't doubt it's educational value either. The technical term for this book is that its a 'sensory' style book, which I think is a bit silly as to a baby everything is sensory - plenty of the books in our household bear teethmarks as a testament to that! On the cover of the book it calls itself a 'touchy-feely' book, which is a more apt term to describe it I think. The cover sets the tone of the book as it features a tiger with a fuzzy nose. My 15 month old daughter loves turning the paged of the book to find the different textures with her fingers. There is only one line of text on each page which is ideal for her level as they repeat information about the tiger and its different features. This book is exceptional in that despite being very basic, it holds my little one's attention for long periods of time, and is now her favourite bedtime read. My daughter's absolute favourite is the tiger with the squishy black shiny paws. She will go back to this page frequently and has even enjoyed rubbing her nose against the paws! The pictures in the book are also very bold, contrasting black outlines against bright backgrounds. The pages of the book are hard and not easy to bend, and the book is very durable and remains undented despite being dropped so many times. I'd say this is essential for any toddler's book, but unfortunately they do not all take this into account! These hard chunky pages are also excellent for little fingers that want to turn them. Sticky fingers also get on well with this book, as its shiny pages are easily wiped clean with a wet cloth or a babywipe. That's Not My Tiger.. is part of Fiona Watt's touch-and-feel range of books which are all square hardback books and have similar themes. The book costs £5.99, which I probably wouldn't have spent myself but I'm really glad my friend did. These books can be found on offer on Amazon and other shopping sites, occasionally on offer, and I highly recommend them for all toddlers.
The collection of children's books in our household is growing rapidly and has been doing since my twin boys were under a year old. Reading seems to be a great way of spending some one on one time which has proven quite difficult in the past. Since them being around 9 months old reading has been a favoured activity by both of them and I have been buying new books since. The Fiona Watt "That's not my......." Range of books has been a firm favourite of theirs (and mine) and one of our first purchases from this range was "That's not my Tiger". The cover price of the "That's Not My Tiger" book is £5.99 as are the other books from this series. Personally as much as I like these books I think this is quite expensive. However Asda sell a number of books from this series for £4 and you can also purchase a number of titles from this series, including the "That's not my Tiger" book online from Amazon for £3.50. When I purchased the "That's Not My Tiger" book ELC were offering a 3 for 2 offer on this range. The book is published by Usbourne, written by Fiona Watts and illustrated by Rachel Wells as are the other books from the "That's Not My..." series. The book is a sensory book meaning that there are lots of different textures to explore as you read. On various book websites they advise these books are suitable for up to 3 years. I think because the story is very basic and short this is probably about right, older children would find these a little too basic. The title of the book "That's not my Tiger" is repeated on the first four pages as to why there is a reason as to why it's not the correct tiger. There are reasons such as his paws are too squashy, tongue is too rough, ear are too fluffy and teeth are too sharp. On the last page you find the correct tiger as his tail is so soft. The sensory sections on the page relate to the story and my boys really enjoy feeling these sections. I love this series of books but if you have a number of titles within the series you do notice that the books are very similar in the reasons to why this is not what you are looking for. However my boys are far too young to notice or care about this. The book has a bright orange background on the cover with bright colourful illustrations on each page against the different coloured backgrounds inside of the book. At 9 months old when I started reading these books to my boys they seemed to be drawn to the bright colours of these books, more so than books with smaller more detailed illustrations. When we read these books at 9 months old, my boys did not really understand the story or were able to touch the different textures themselves. From about 12 months old on each page they could recognise the tiger character and both would make their own roaring sound. I would run their hands over these sections of the page which would make them squeal with delight. From about 15 months old they were turning the pages and reaching out to touch the sensory sections of the book as they clearly knew where this section was on the page. The book is made from a thick hard wearing and durable cardboard. The outer cover is made from a wipe-able material which is means if sticky fingers get onto the books any marks can easily be removed. There is also a textured section on the front of the book. Each cardboard page is around 3mm thick which makes it impossible for children to tear the pages, either by accident due to uncoordinated movement, or when fighting over books which is a regular occurrence in our house. The spine of the book is also very durable meaning even if it is bent over on itself pages do not fall out or the book is ruined by doing so. The thick pages also make it very easy for little hands to turn the pages. Out of all the "That's not my..." books, personally I feel that the "That's not my tiger" is one of mine and my boys favourites. The boys seem to really enjoy reading this book and will choose to read this one over the others we have from the series. I know this as it's always one of the first books they enthusiastically pull off their bookshelf! They also interacted with this book from an earlier age by making tiger noises when we read it whereas with some of their other books from the series there is less enthusiasm or expression when we read. Another bright and engaging book from Fiona Watt and although a basic story, which in my opinion is a great purchase for under 2's especially as its hardwearing and has a happy ending!