That's Not My Penguin (Usborne Touchy Feely) Board book – 31 Aug 2007
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"Helps very young children develop language and sensory skills" - Sheffield City Council; "The brilliantly simple concept is a winner with very young children, trusted by parents and still one of the best baby series on the market" - The Bookseller; "A valuable and enjoyable learning tool." - Junior Parenting Magazine; "This range of books is perfect to share with wriggly toddlers. They're bright, bold, interactive and not too long. The latest addition features lots of foxes for little fingers to touch and sure to be another best-seller." - The Sun; "A fantastic range of indestructible chunky board books designed to appeal to inquisitive little fingers" - Mel Harris of Waterstone's
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Top Customer Reviews
As they started growing, they've been enjoying these even more and keep looking for their favourite page in each of them to scratch or touch the different textures although it's true that some adjectives become a bit repetitive across the books but the drawing cover for that.
They are also very solid books with thick pages compared to other ones out there as my children haven't managed to completely tear them apart doing their favourite 'chew on everything everything' activity.
The multi sensory approach along with a simple concept of looking through drawings with bright colours and simple make this a very lovely book that grows with your child as they start learning more words and looking for the right animal (see note at the end).
To sum-up, these books are absolutely brilliant so please don't hesitate.
Note/Spoiler alert: The animal you're looking for is on the last page :)
The illustrations are lovely- simplistic but drawing on a variety of real species of penguin which makes it much more appealing to look at. There are a good range of textures for babies to explore- although currently Lelaina is only interested in the fuzzy tummy on the cover which she likes to scratch, and the furry baby on the final page-she is always very eager to pinch the fur in her fingers, and often complains when the book is closed!
The repetition of the text makes me sure this will remain a fun book for some time to come as when she gets older I'm sure she will enjoy reciting the story herself.
From the back cover:-
'This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children.
The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness.
Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches.'
10 sturdy board pages in the popular 2-page spread, with a line of clear, easy-to-follow text on each.
This book is further enhanced by those 'patches' and the repeat on the words:-
'That's not my penguin'.
Colourfully illustrated throughout, by Rachel Wells.
Example of text:-
'That's not my penguin.
Its wings are too velvety.
That's not my penguin.
Its head is too silky.
That's not my penguin.
until a positive result is achieved!
Super book which appeals to the youngest participants in our Library tot group, with the more observant eager to turn the page to find the little mouse as much as touch the 'feely' bits!
Each page, including the cover, has a picture with part of it being made of materials that encourage touch, like fur or silk. The wording on each page is simple and rhythmic, making it almost like reading a poem. I find that these books serve many purposes; the material encourages tactile play, the easy use of language helps develop interest in reading and the use of grammar encourages specific lingual habits that aid later learning, and the subjects covered in the book help the child begin to identify those things in reality (like tongue, beard, mane etc). You also find a small white mouse on each page and I found that as my daughter grew she began pouring out the mouse, which led her on to pouring out each item that applied to her, like body parts.
A wonderful and varied series of books that every toddler home should have!
The last page is her favourite where she gets to stroke a furry penguin chick.