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At first glance most people would assume this is a baby book, and it is a very good book for babies and very young children. I doubt many people would even consider buying this for a child of 4 - 6, but I have come to the conclusion that this in an excellent resource in learning to read as well. I had always suspected that my son taught himself to read as much as I did. We did use some of the best phonics programmes going, but this only taught the basic mechanics - something more is required for a real explosion into reading. I have also assumed, based on observation, that the process of playing with books and just exploring them was a crucial step. I do remember learning to read myself and carefully going over books I already knew by heart studying the words, but my son said something that really clicked with me yesterday. We were discussing the importance of school, and whether mandatory education has improved or harmed literacy. I pointed out that many children here go to school and can not read. My son thought very seriously for awhile, and then said; "We should give them the touchy feely books". This was too good to let go, so I asked him why. He told me they were really good for learning to read, because even if he couldn't read the word, he could guess most of them when he was little. He told me that he went through the books over and over reading the words he could and guessing trying to figure out the ones he couldn't. Of course he had some phonetic skills as well - so a combination of this and the text made almost every word decodable. I do very clearly remember him sitting quietly with these books - going through them over and over again and suspected something like this might have been going on - but now I know exactly what he was doing and I must admit - it does really make sense. As his ability grew he started reading this to his brother - and they were a wonderful confidence booster as well. I am so glad I have these books now. I have to admit - my first impression of this series was quite low. None of them have a proper story in my opinion, and they are incredibly repetitive. They all follow the exact same format with a little white mouse saying "That's not my _________". This series is really huge now so you can fill in the blank with almost anything - dragon, car, puppy, plane etc... Sadly, I judged this series as rubbish without ever trying a single a copy, but I did notice my son loved other touch and feel books, and I read so many positive reviews I finally broke down and bought one - and then several more - so at least my youngest child got to enjoy these from an early age. The oldest was sadly deprived, but we do make all our mistakes on teh older children. - and he has enjoyed them a great deal even though he was older when we started collecting them. In fact he still enjoys reading these to his brother now. We now have a large collection, but this is one of our more recent purchases, and very much a favourite. This book follows the same format as all the rest. It begins with the little mouse saying "That's not my Dragon.... its ears are too fluffy". We then move on to slimy ( which is actually silky) knobbly, prickly, fuzzy and scaly. In addition to the touch and feel aspect, this particular book is also incredibly sparkly and shiny, with mirror like spots on one dragon mirrored foil accents and stars. The dragons are very cute and well drawn as well, and very small children can enjoy pointing out the mouse, and various other features on each illustration. You can also draw attention to the different colours, body parts and more on each dragon. As with all of these books - the pages are very heavy card and I believe impossible to tear. They do seem to hold up pretty well overall, but this is one case where I would choose new books as opposed to used. Because these are usually bought for small children, many used books will have damage to corners from being dropped too often. The spine can loosen up with enough abuse, but the pages never seem to actually come out. We do have a box of these picked up at 10p each from a boot sale years ago that appeared to be on their last legs at the time. But they have not been damaged any further - so I can only conclude that as long as any care is taken at all these should last very well. The books we have bought new have held up very well, but some of the textures are more prone to wearing out. In particular a ripply yellow paper has worn down on many of our books. The used books actually had to be washed as the furry parts had been played with by someone with dirty hands, but they survived this quite well. I used a face cloth, window spray and very hot water. I would note that this particular book does not have any textured pages of the type more prone to wear and should last a very long time. I would very highly recommend this book to any parent with young infants, the bright colours and sparkles make this ideal for very young children. I would recommend this for ages 6 months and up. I would also point out that another member here Sandmp has written some wonderful reviews on this series and if you are looking for inspiration to use these with a very young child - her reviews should be your first stop. But in short, even a very young infant can enjoy looking at the pictures, and having a parent place their hands on each texture, saying, words like - soft - smooth - bumpy etc.. As children reach the toddler stage I feel these books are wonderful to encourage playing with books. Most children do very much enjoy feeling different textures, even my oldest still likes to feel everything at age 7, and this will encourage most children to take a look at these from time to time. Even children with very little interest in stories are apt to be drawn in my the tactile nature of these books - so I feel these are absolutely essential at this age. Most parents would feel that an older child would be too old for these, but after having had this conversation with my son - I can see that as much as complained about too much repetition and predictability - it is exactly these features that make this a wonderful tool in helping a child learn to read. I have long since given up on "teaching" my children to read. I can teach them the basic rules of phonics, but to read fluently and really learn to love reading is something they must teach themselves. All I can do is read to them and provide them with a wide variety of quality books and nice cosy spots in the house to read. These books will not teach your child to read - but they may very well help them teach themselves. At ages 4 and 7 my sons would both be considered too old for these by most people, they do enjoy them enough that I have just ordered two for their Christmas books bundle - and my oldest was given a choice in this. If you are not sure if your child is too old - just ask them. And if you have read this far and do not have children - thank you very much for your kindness - but may I suggest this as a gift for friends and family? From now this is the only new baby gift anyone is getting from me. I would especially suggest this if the parents struggle with reading themselves, because as my son says - you can guess most of this, but I do think children get far fewer books nowadays and more battery operated stuff. A gift of books may not only provide entertainment at the moment - it may help a child become literate - a gift that will last a lifetime.
My son is four months old, but already has a favourite book - That's Not My Hamster. Whenever we read it to him, he smiles and laughs at the same bits, his whole face lighting up. So I decided to buy him another in the series and after doing a search online, I chose That's Not My Dragon - mainly because I love dragons and the illustrations looked very cute! This is one of the Usborne touchy-feely books by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells. There are lots of different animals available in the series (tiger, bear, puppy, kitten, monkey, etc.) as well as things like princesses, cars, trains and monsters. That's Not My Dragon has a cover price of £5.99 but we bought it from Amazon for only £3.74. It is a board book so suitable for any age. While my son is too young to understand the actual words, he seems to love the repetition and the rhythm of the words. Each double page begins with the "That's not my dragon" and then goes on to explain why not, with the final pages revealing that this one IS his dragon and again explaining why. The books are beautiful with brightly coloured cartoon style drawings. That's Not My Dragon has purple, lilac, blue, orange, yellow and green dragons, which means that as your child gets older, you can talk about the different colours as well as the spots, wings, horns and other features of each dragon. There is a little white mouse that appears in each scene too, so you can point that out to your child or ask them to find it. The best part of these books is the touchy-feely aspect of it, as each dragon comes with its own textured bit for the child to discover. One dragon has soft furry ears, another has squishy sparkly spots, one has yellow claws which feel a bit bumpy, one has a spiky red tail part, another dragon has a pink tongue made from a carpet kind of texture and the final dragon has gorgeous green scaly wings. Again, plenty to touch and talk about. These books are ideal for babies and young children. They are sturdy and well made, not too heavy to hold and each page holds delights. The illustrations are gorgeous and there is so much to find and talk about, as your child gets older and more talkative. The story begins on the front page, so draws the child in straight away and as it is a short story, parents won't get bored of reading it over and over. There are plenty of other books in the set if your child enjoys them and at £3-£6 a book, it is easy enough to buy one without worrying about a huge expense. I love these books and plan to buy more. I thoroughly recommend them and more importantly, so does my baby son. It is great to get your children into books from an early age and these are perfect.
Thats not my..... I wish I had invented this series its so simple yet so effective and so fun for young children and there are so many of them rrp £5.99 Fiona Watts the author and Rachel Wells the illustrator must be overjoyed with the popularity of them and it seems there is no end to these wonderful books. They can be picked up in the supermarket for £4 and also on Amazon for as little as £1 depending on which one you like. This one is That's not my dragon...... and do you know why? its ears / spots / claws / tail / tongue are too tufty/ slimy / knobbly / prickly / fuzzy this one introduces the children to more descriptive words which is great for extending their vocab moving on from smooth, soft hard. The material used in this book has varying texures which is great and the colours and pictures of the different dragons are bright, colouful and fun. The book follows the repition of the other books so it doesn't take long for young children to pick it up the pattern and begin reading it to themselves. Each page also features a little mouse can you find him with each dragon. I love these It's not my books....... you may have guessed from the amount of them I have reviewed. But I really do find that they are great for getting young children exploring not only their senses but also there words. It nice to see them trying to describe what they think the texture is and also to see them reading it to themselves. Another great book I would recommend for children under 5 years.
This is our favourite of the 'That's not my...' series. We own several of them (including ...pirate, ...dinosaur, ...penguin and lots more) but this is the one we keep coming back to for bedtime and as a great book for the wee one to 'read' to herself in the buggy. The series is now over ten years old and of quite considerable size. According to Usbourne's website there are 'Over thirty' (though it doesn't specify how many precisely). Each book has a common theme. A small mouse is looking for a specific 'thing of this type' and each is somehow not quite right until we reach the last page upon which even the correct dragon, puppy, baby etc is found! Each page, including the cover, has a touchy feely part with different textures. These might be soft, rough, bumpy, crinkly or any number of others. The books are very similar and repeat readings could potentially be mind numbing. This is where the great choice in titles comes in - choose ones that appeal to your own likes! The illustrations are bright and cheerful and the textured parts are easy to find for little fingers. 'That's not my Dragon' has particularly gorgeous illustrations, helped in large part by the fact that we all like dragons. The dragons are cute rather than scary, the textures are fun and my daughter loves to help find the mouse on each page, as well as experimenting with the textures. She likes that she can sit and read it to herself too as it's familiar and without too many words. As it's a board book she can turn the pages easily. At £5.99 it's a little expensive looking for what it is, but I believe it to be well worth it for the use and enjoyment we've got out of it. It's often available through amazon resellers or on ebay too, and most libraries have a copy if you'd prefer to try a few of the series before committing to discussing the rightful ownership of that robot vs that dragon for the next few years!
My toddler must own about 20 of these books- That's not my Puppy, Snowman, Penguin, you name it, That's not it! However, this one is his favourite. As you expect with this series of books, It's full of lots of touchy feely textures and colourful pictures that even babies of a very young age can enjoy as you run their hand over them. As they get older, they get more interested in the stories being told, and love hunting for the little mouse hidden on each page. The 'feelies' in this are great- sometimes in the That's Not My books, they seem to have added a small feely as an afterthought, but in this book they form part of each dragon in an organic way. The first page has slimy scales, the second knobbly claws, then a prickly tail, fuzzy tongue and finally, when we find the right dragon, the large green wings take up most of the double page and seem really interesting for kids to play with. My son loves this book, and often chooses it for his bedtime story above the other ones in the series. I'd say it's a must have if you're adding to your collection, and a great introduction if you are looking at the series for the first time.
We were given this book at my baby shower and it quickly became a favourite of my son. These are really nice, well illustrated board books with pictures of the subject, in this case dragons and a textured patch to feel, eg. that's not my dragon his tail is too scratchy and bit of the scratchy side of velcro on his tail. My son quickly learnt were the interesting bits were and would go straight to touch them when the pages were turned. The dragon is one of the best books I've seen for the variety of textures, in general I do think the animal ones are better, we also have that's not my truck but there aren't many different textures to a truck really and the animals always have a furry page which goes down well. The books are a small size so good for little hands to hold themselves and these are definitely ones to own yourself not borrow from a library as they get a bit grubby with all the different hands touching them.
Another adventure in the Usborne Touchy-Feely Books saga. The Touchy-Feely books are created for babies and toddlers, and aim to help children develop their language and sensory skills, by including different types of fabric, colours and textures in every book. Each book follows a little white mouse that is looking for something that belongs to him. This time the little mouse is on a mission to find his missing dragon. ----------------- CONTENT ----------------- As always with the Touchy-Feely books, the story starts on the cover. Cover: "That's not my dragon... its ears are too tufty." ~~~~ The cover is blue and features a purple dragon with orange spots and tiny yellow wings, whose ears are made of pinkish fur which sticks out of the book. The writing on the cover is silver, and the background is decorated with silver stars and spirals. Page 1: "That's not my dragon... its spots are too slimy." ~~~~~ This scene has a green background which is decorated with inumerous silver stars of different sizes. The dragon is pink, with shiny silver horns and dark pink, shiny cushions as spots. Page 2 & 3: "That's not my dragon... its claws are too knobbly." ~~~~~~~ In this scene the little mouse finds a blue dragon with pink horns and shiny, scaly wings. The claws are very light, shiny pink, and have a hard, gravelly texture. The background is yellow with lots of silver stars. Pages 4 & 5: "That's not my dragon... its tail is too prickly." ~~~~~~~~ This time the dragon is yellow with orange spots and an orange velcro (hooks side) tail - or rather, the tip of the tail. The background is blue with silver stars. Pages 6 & 7: "That's not my dragon... its tongue is too fuzzy." ~~~~~~~~ In this scene the dragon is bright yellow, which contrasts with the dark blue background. The dragon's tongue is made of a pink fuzzy fabric, and again, the background is decorated by stars and spirals. Pages 8 & inside of back cover: "That's my dragon! Its wings are so scaly." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The final scene. The little mouse finally finds his dragon, which is green with huge green wings made of shiny green plastic scales. The background is red and there is a long trail of silver stars that starts on one corner of page 8 and ends on the inside cover which is a very nice touch. It should be noted that even though every scene's background is decorated with silver stars, in each scene the stars have a different design, size and concentration, and they make the book a lot prettier and more visually interesting. ------------------------------------------------ DIMENSIONS AND MATERIALS ------------------------------------------------ The book's dimensions are: 16.6 cm x 16.3 cm x 2 cm. The book has a glossy hard cover, and has wipeable board pages. On the back cover it is stated that the book was made with paper from a sustainable forest. --------------- ARTWORK --------------- The book is written by Fiona Watt with illustrations by Rachel Wells. As is the standard with the Touchy-Feely series, the drawings are very simplistic, with thick outlines. This time however, the scenes seem visually "richer" because of the inclusion of the various types of stars and spirals in the background. ---------- PRICE ---------- The recommended retail price of the book is £5.99, but is possible to find it cheaper online and in some supermarkets. ------------------------- CONCLUSION ------------------------- I really like these Touchy-Feely books. I have to say I didn't expect the "That's Not My Dragon..." book to be as good as the Pony or Lion ones, as I thought the drawings of dragons might not be as appealing to children. However, the dragons are cute and both the showers of stars that are present in every scene, and the inclusion of plenty of shiny materials all through the book really enhance it and make it more captivating than it would otherwise be. I find that in contrast to other Touchy-Feely books that I have knowledge of, the strength of this book is not as much the different textures that are used to provide children with tactile experiences, but the visual qualities of the book.
Our grandson has had the Usborne touchy-feely series "That's Not My" by Fiona Watts since he was a year old. He's four now and he still really likes these books even now. The books start out as a good introduction to books and then become useful in teaching little ones descriptive terms as they grow older. Also, these are all board books so they're suitable from a few months of age. That's Not My Dragon is written by Fiona Watts with the illustrations by Rachel Wells. The book retails at £4.99 though Amazon is currently selling it for £2.99 which is excellent value for money. You can often get it as part of a 3 for 2 deal at places like Waterstones too. This book was particularly popular with the grandson when he was younger but now he is four he doesn't really like this one as he thinks it's a bit cutesy. That's because of all the cute dragons and the sweet fluffy bits I think! The front cover is of a big purple dragon with furry ears for starters. It's an absolutely lovely book for younger girls and boys though (and older ones who aren't such tough nuts too). Each page features the line "That's not my dragon... Its something is too something". So for example, one page says "That's not my dragon... its spots are too squashy" and the picture shows a dragon with squashy purple spots that little hands can feel to ascertain what squashy feels like. This book has a lot more to it than some of the other books in this range in that they use a lot of furry and sparkly bits in this one. In other books in the series, they restrict themselves to flatter, cheaper touchy-feely bits. I reckon that if you're looking to start a youngster on this series, this is a sure-fire hit to start with and one of the best in the series. Just to point out also that the book we have is dark blue with a purple dragon on the front but Amazon now show a turquoise book with an orange dragon on the front. It's the same book, just in different colours.
That's Not My Dragon is one the many books in the series f Usborne Touchy Feely books written by Fiona Watt. The books are very good for children and are aimed at kids from 1-3. The idea is to teach kids to associate touch and sight with a word that they hear. The front of this particular book in the series has a picture of a friendly dragon. Above the picture it says 'That's Not My Dragon,' and below it, it says, 'its ears are too tufty' The ears are a bit fluffy and tufty and so the child can associate the word tufty with the feel of it, too. As you open the book up, there are a number of different textures and descriptive words, such as a dragon whose spots are too slimy and one whose tongue is too fuzzy. The book is a board b ook (hardback) and is very durable against the abuse kids can give something, such as biting the edges or throwing it across the room for no reason other than it's fun! This is one of my son's favourites in the range, as he loves dragons and can therefore associate with it a little more than others. It is worth using one of these books on a regular basis if you have a kid between the ages of 1 and 3, as it does help. Similarly, the words are basic and clear enough for a 4 year old just starting to read properly, so this could also be helpful. I recommend these books. They are available from most bookshops at £5.99 for each book.
Upon receiving some money off my father for Christmas, and having strict instructions that whatever it was spent on must be of the child's choosing, I found myself with the unenvienable task of helping him spend it reasonably wisely, and not splurge it all on sweets! (which at one point he really wanted to!). Upon one of our many, many trips to our local Asda, we were lucky enough to stumble across a sale rail that was being set up as we walked past, I loitered around for about 10 minutes, or at least until the girl arranging the display walked away and went for a rootle! On this display there were many different children's books, two of which I intend to review, one of which I will review now! The book I will now review is "That's not my dragon..." These books are ideal for my son, he is going through the "destructive" stage, which began when he could move and I assume will end when he is old enough to dispel it from his person with alcohol! The pages are all very sturdy and thick cardboard, and all have bright and vivid pictures, very colourful and eye catching. The basic concept of these books are the fact they "touchy feely" books. Each page has a picture of a cartoon dragon, all very different in look to the previous, all brightly coloured and all have a certain part of the picture with touch aspect to it. For example page one has a picture of a large lilac dragon, spread over a double page with the statement that "that's not my dragon.... It's spots are too slimy" The picture then has the spots down the tail of the dragon in a shiny, padded and textured material, ideal for little fingers to touch and explore, this, I have personally found, leads onto further conversations. Once your child has mastered the words used in the book the scope for further vocabulary is immense. We now read the books and try to think of different words to describe the different textures! And there are many different textures to pick from, there is felt, a fuzzy material, Velcro, polystyrene the choice of materials is in fact endless. These books are available from Amazon with the starting price being anything as low as £3.70, I was lucky enough to get this book for £1.00 in the Asda sale, so I assume these books are available from other places as cheap. There are many different variations on the "that's not my..." books, these range from that's not my dragon, through to that's not my bunny with every other theme imaginable. There are even Christmas and winter themed ones, the that's not my reindeer and penguin ones are particularly nice. For more information this and all the other titles available visit -www.usborne.com Thanks for reading x
Ok - so every parent has been through it when there child has misplaced their favourite toy and we try to offer alternatives. This book shows one such story as we are shown one dragon after another til we get the right one. ***The Background*** Usborne seem to be very good at continually producing great quality books for children of all ages but this series of board books are aimed at pre-schoolers from the age of 1 upwards and contain lots of different things to feel along the way in the search for the correct toy. Written by Fiona Watts and illustrated by Rachel Wells these books are simple to read and lovely to look at. ***The Story*** This book isn't really rocket science but is ideal for the very young and starts on the front cover of the book. "That's Not My Dragon..." The purple dragon below has fluffy ears and below the picture has the wording, "it's ears are too tufty." As we go through the book we find lots of different dragons but none of them are the correct one as they all have a feature that is wrong. It's spots may be too slimy or it's tongue is to fuzzy. Luckily when we reach the last page we find the right one with the sparkly scaly wings. ***The Illustrations*** The colourful dragons are boldly drawn on contrasting backgrounds with shiny wings or scales to catch a child's attention. ***My Thoughts*** This is the second book in this series that we have had the good fortune to find in the library near us. The first was the one about the bunny, which was a favourite with my 4 year old son as the toy he takes everywhere with him is a floppy grey rabbit. When he saw this the other day he was instantly drawn to it and remembered the bunny one. "Can I get this one out today?" was his initial reaction, which is always a good sign. He does have a thing about this type of book at the moment though and any touch and feel book instantly draws him to open up and have a feel. I think these books are fantastic as the pictures are bright and colourful and the backgrounds sparkle with different stars and swirls throughout, something that always attracts small eyes to the pages. The story is kept simple so young one's don't get bored and the repetition of "That's not my dragon," on each page is ideal for slightly older children as they can start to recognise the words as they say them. The textures are varied throughout the book from the rough knobbly feel of claws to the prickly feeling of one dragon's tail. My son's favourite bits are the shiny padded spots and the tufty ears, which he sits and strokes for ages. I've seen quite a few different books in this series in the shops and I'm hoping we will get a few more in at the library as I feel that my son would outgrow these books within the next year or so. I do feel they would be a great investment for someone with a younger child. ***Other Books In The Series*** That's Not My Puppy That's Not My Kitten That's Not My Truck That's Not My Dinosaur That's Not My Bear That's Not My Tractor That's Not My Bunny That's Not My Mermaid That's Not My Teddy That's Not My Train That's Not My Dolly That's Not My Lion That's Not My Robot That's Not My Monster That's Not My Fairy That's Not My Car ***Other Information*** This book retails at £5.99 which may seem a little bit expensive but you can get it cheaper from Tesco for only £4.49. ISBN No. 0746071477