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My Mum
My Mum
by Anthony Browne
Edition: Board book
Price: £5.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful- it makes me blub. Toddler loves it too, 18 Feb. 2010
This review is from: My Mum (Board book)
I was given this (with My Dad) as a present when my little one joined our family. My 2 year old loves this now - though I first read it to her when she was quite little (18m), and thought that some of the vocab was a bit tricky then. There are references I just couldnt (or wouldnt want to) explain ( The flying Superman-Mum for example). There's a couple of Mum/Dad books which are probably better for that age group - especially the pair which are about opposites (Mum Hot- Mum cold, Mum BIG-Mum Small... My Mum Best of ALL). But I love this book - and think she will continue to get a lot more out of it as she grows older.


More Katie Morag Island Stories: Four More of Your Favourite Katie Morag Adventures
More Katie Morag Island Stories: Four More of Your Favourite Katie Morag Adventures
by Dr Mairi Hedderwick
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars My 2 year old loves this wonderful picture of island life, 18 Feb. 2010
Katie Morag lives on an island- and makes the stories perfect for capturing her life and making it a discrete world with consistency, for children to explore. The author has a clear vision of Katie Morag's life on the island- and my daughter always looks out for little brother Liam, and tries to orientate the way back to Katie's home. The series of stories give her a chance to explore a whole world of family rivalries, neighbours and social activities and the changing of nature with the seasons

I also love that this collection has the "granny off a bus song". My husband alsways insited it was a rude "made up" song - but having it in print gives my daughter and a chance to sing it - she just loves it.


Dora - Big Sister Dora [DVD]
Dora - Big Sister Dora [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dora the Explorer
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.94

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why do children like this????, 18 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Dora - Big Sister Dora [DVD] (DVD)
I dont get it.
The human characters are not rounded in any way
The backpack and maps are animated characters - wheras it might have been more useful to show how best a child can use them
The spanish is indistinct. If they displayed the word, adults could maybe pick it up and support the learning
However -
My 2 yr old daughter loves it. And now wants to be an ARCHEOLOGIST (like Dora's mum in the ok bonus episode)
Hate the soccer story, but am hoping daughter will enjoy the main reason for the purchase - the baby story.. I am holding off showing it till baby arrives next month. I didnt think it would be useful to watch till after the baby arrives as it is basically a long sequence of " We're having a baby - where's the baby" repeated ad infinitum. There's a few little things on lullabies and babies needing to settle - nothing on breastfeeding

When the time comes, it will keep my toddler quiet for half an hour as I try to breastfeed/change/put newbie down. Whilst there might be other superior options for distraction - this does have the benefit have some relevance to her current experiences (she loves being a big sister already). But there *should* be something of better quality out there. There really should


I'm a Big Sister
I'm a Big Sister
by Joanna Cole
Edition: Hardcover

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I want to say to my child to make them happy about our new addition, 5 Jan. 2010
This review is from: I'm a Big Sister (Hardcover)
I bought this for my 2 year old in advance of our new arrival. I wanted something which focuses more on her relationship to the new child- as everything else we have been given to date is focused on unrealistic expectations of a fun new playmate or with tough messages about time away from her parents and their undivided attention.

I must say, the first time I read this book- I burst into tears. It is so moving! I think the last page has it just perfect - that she is special to her parents regardless of who else joins the family. I also think that it treads the fine line between babies being undeniably hard work, and the joys of her role as a big sister. It is the latter that makes this book unique...like many children, she is always happier when she knows she is involved and has a role.

Unlike some of the reviewers, I don't have a problem switching Mommy for Mamma, and diapers for nappy. It really would be a shame to let that impact the overall positvitiy of the story. I was a bit worried when I read the other reviews saying there was an overly great emphasis on eating pizza as being the trade-off for being bigger, but having read the book, the context is that the bigger child can do lots of fun things, like talking and playing, and swinging as well as eating pizza/icecream. I think it gives a good opportunity to discuss with the older child all the things they enjoy doing which the baby can't.

If I had to say anything constructive at all about the book- I dont think I noticed the visuals as being anything more than basic drawings and washed out water colours. But the rest of the text makes up for it more than adequately. Recommend it with no hesitations whatsoever


Za-Za's Baby Brother
Za-Za's Baby Brother
by Lucy Cousins
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great in the long run- but a tough message to start with, 5 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Za-Za's Baby Brother (Paperback)
My 2 year old was given this as a birthday present and in our excitement, I read it to her before I had looked it over myself. Not very clever, because half way through, I couldnt stop crying. It just brought to the surface my anxieties about having two children, and guilt about not being able to give her the one-one attention she now enjoys. And hormones of course. As other reviewers have mentioned, it does paint a bleak/realistic picture of mummy and daddy being tired and having to ask ZaZa to be patient and wait. I think the end story redeems itself though- with ZaZa getting special cuddles away from baby, and extra playtime with baby. It does take the child-reader on a journey, and my daughter certainly appreciates that there is a positive outcome worth waiting for.

I would say, it took us a while to feel positive about the book. For the first month after her birthday she would demand to read it everyday, then repeat questions like "Mumma, you too busy? Mumma, you too tired? Mumma - you go to hospital?" endlessly. When my parents came round 2 weeks before Christmas, it really threw her (granny comes to look after ZaZa for the birth) - and brought on renewed seperation anxiety.

Thankfully though, all that seems to be in the past, and in the last month she seems genuinely excited about loving the new baby. I think it is better to go through this anxiety earlier, than later, and the book verbalises fears and realities that cannot be unusual. And I am hoping it will give her some hope in the future if I do have to duck out for a few days and granny has to come down. Oh Joy


Big Girls Use the Potty! [With Stickers]
Big Girls Use the Potty! [With Stickers]
by Andrea Pinnington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Fab "all in one" book for potty training. Informative, motivating and fun!, 5 Jan. 2010
I have picked a few potty training books recently as I get my 2 yr old daughter ready for this new stage of independence. Some are fun, some are good to read, some are instructional - but this seems to combine all the best elemnts

I agree with a few of the other reviiewers about the US language, but apart from swapping Diapers for Nappies, there isnt much more to it, and you can always scribble a line on the word to remind yourself to switch. My hubby isnt usually tuned into this sort of detail, and evenhe manaaged, so it really isnt hard.

The only gripe I have is about the stickers being integrated in the book, so reading it on the potty often results in a tussle about peeling and hiding stars. Maybe I need to cut the pages out - but the publishes could have just sent them as loose sheets. Also, the target of 10 stars in a row required to get a teddy sticker is a BIG BIG target for a little little girl. At this proce though- a miracle

Otherwise - a favourite


Goldilocks and the Three Bears ( Bengali and English edition )
Goldilocks and the Three Bears ( Bengali and English edition )
by Kate Clynes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart version of Goldilocks, though Bengali text could be sharper, 5 Jan. 2010
A great version of Golidlocks - with a strong moral narrator, great rhymes and a quirky sense of humour. The Bengali and English work well enough together - but a few corrections could have been made, and should have been possible with simple proofreading

I have just had to scribble my notes at the bottom of each page- and use them to correct the text when reading to my daughter


Mrs McTats and Her Houseful of Cats
Mrs McTats and Her Houseful of Cats
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The best ABC book I have come across - or Cat book, depending on your interests, 5 Jan. 2010
After seeing this being read on BBC children's story time by the old scotish woman who is married to Victor Meldrew, I bought this for a friend whose kids have a crazy grandparent with 12 cats. Not only do her children adore it - but my 2 year old spotted it, and it has since been a firm favourite in our cat-free house. I love the rhythm and the the generosity of the character, and the surprise ending (the puppy as well as the alphabet theme) . I do think it is a bit too lengthy to captivate most 2 year olds till the end, and too subtle as an ABC learning book (even for older children), and too basic for children who are old enough to grasp the alphabet, so maybe it is enough to enjoy the elements you can enjoy at the stage you are at.

I certainly love it and find it endearing


Bagpuss: The Complete Bagpuss [DVD]
Bagpuss: The Complete Bagpuss [DVD]
Dvd ~ Oliver Postgate

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for nostalgics- new converts can be won, 5 Jan. 2010
I never watched this - but my husband (in his early 30s) has a very rosy memory of it. So I bought it for him to share with our 2 year old - and now we have 2 new converts in the house! I dont know quite why, but it always reduces me to tears. Something so sad about what the music evokes. The baby loves it though. The repetition, the strong characters, the music. She sings the mouse song "We will wash it, we will polish it..." when she follows us round the house with her duster and hoover. I thought it might be a bit too slow for her - it certainly seems harder to tap into than the Night Garden or the current BBC shows which are scientifically researched to target the toddler/preschool abilities- but she just loves it. Saying that, it may be she is little enouigh to be gratfeul for any TV, and given this is sometimes the only choice offered to her, she has been happy to take it up, and now actually asks for it.

It bringss a sense of peace for her - and surprisingly for "TV time" - for us too!


Balamory - Dancing Party [DVD] [2002]
Balamory - Dancing Party [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Julie Wilson Nimmo
Price: £3.71

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to a variety of musical styles- great for a boogie, 5 Jan. 2010
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I was a bit dismayed to see some of the comments before I bought this (too short/ apalling content) - but having decided that the musical content variation was what I was looking for, am delighted to have made the purchase. Perfect for my 2 year old who is a keen Balamory fan. It is the average length for a Balaomry DVD with 3 very varied "dance-themed" episodes and a fun musical extra. I must say- hubby and I cringed at PC Plum's attempt to get "down with the kids" but it hits the spot for my baby. The ceilidh story whould be a hit with any scottish family away from home, and the Asian Wedding is also good for any child with a connection with communities from the sub-continet. We didnt really enjoy the games though. Otherwise, it does what it says on the tin - and I am happy to stick to this one DVD to provide my daughter her Balamory fix


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