I originally got this out of the library when my son was little and it always stayed in my mind as a really beautifully touching book - neither my husband or I could read it without welling up. We would laugh about how wet we'd become, but it really is a lovely book. So when I had my little girl, I hunted it down for her first birthday. It's suitable for any child, but the one featured in the illustrations is a girl. Beautifully illustrated story of the circle of life.
The book itself is great -- fun, bright illustrations and a lovely collection of 49 traditional nursery rhymes including several lesser-known ones. I'm really disappointed with the audio that comes with it though. I didn't want squeaky children's voices, which this isn't - Michael Maloney and Jane Whittenshaw read the Nursery Rhymes beautifully and they have fun in their voices. However, after a few tracks, it all gets a bit samey. It's disappointing that many of these nursery rhymes could have been sung but weren't. It's frustrating too, because you find yourself wanting to sing them. "Sing a Song of Sixpence" just isn't the same when it's spoken. Nor is "Ring-a-Ring o' Roses", or "Baa Baa Black Sheep" - I could go on. They are ALL spoken. It's a real shame, because I think the music is an intrinsic part of the heritage of many of these nursery rhymes and this is a wasted opportunity to keep the tunes alive. Young children respond so well to music and song but this only provides basic rhythm which only keeps their interest for a limited time. It's also useful as an adult to have a reminder of the tunes that you heard as a child and may have forgotten - so you can pass them on to the next generation. I'm afraid I won't be using this in the classroom like I'd hoped. Five stars for the book, but the audio lets it down.
The pictures in this one are lovely and colourful - great for even a young baby. My four-month old son is already trying to reach out to touch the "feely" patches. We also have the bunny one but that was really disappointing and a bit boring in comparison. The dinosaurs have more variety in their "feely bits"!! Recommended!
I was a bit disappointed with this one - it seems there aren't many bits of a bunny to describe - the tail comes up twice and the "eyes are too shiny" page is a bit scary!! Buy "That's not my dinosaur" instead - it's lovely. That's Not My Dinosaur (Touchy-Feely Board Books)