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on 12 July 2012
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The Little Learners Corp have embraced the baby book market faster than Graspy McExited the famous jumper of bandwagons. Their ranges contain books that are foamy, bathy and in more than one case, touch and feely. 'Colours' comes under their pure touch and feel range, that should not be mistaken with their 'That's Not My' homage range. This is a simple book that tells a simple story, so simple in fact that there is no story. Instead we get a series of stereotypical items and the colours they embody e.g. A sunflower in yellow.

The added feature is the texture elements to 'Colours'. Unlike their other touch and feel range, this book actually has an impressive range of different textures to entertain a child. There is nothing new here; a glossy texture here, a ridge concoction there, but they are varied enough that a child would actually want to turn the page and see what's next. This is the basic aim of the book and it achieves it's goal. Perhaps the lack of any narrative will bore a child a little faster, but the educational benefits of feel and learning colours does offset this.
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It might not be a very in-depth review-y thing to say, but these are really cute! They're a nicely packaged pair of dinky books with wipe-clean pages printed on thick fumbly-finger-friendly board. The soft velcro-fastened strap keeps them within reach on buggies but the velcro might not be strong enough to keep them there for really determined little readers. Note the straps on my set are not bright red as in the picture, they're now pastel coloured and better match the illustrations in the books. I did wonder if the illustrations should be slightly more realistic (polka-dot and stripy grapes?) but they're sweet-looking and will still help the youngest children get to grips with their colours and numbers. A really nice stocking-filler gift.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 June 2012
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I thought these 2 little books were adorable and very educational. The velcro strap is an added bonus so they can be clipped to a pram or cot. We put tried one on the and one on the pram.

Reading them every day to the baby is a thing I have always done as I think it helps you bond with your child, they are happy listening to you read and as they get more aware showing them the pictures & the words.

A beautiful gift, that is educational, fun and well worth the money.
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This is a complete waste, to be honest. Five different textures to feel, and one of those is the front cover (there is a sixth, but as that feels the same as the cardboard pages, I discounted it), is poor value. Yes, the thick pages will stand a lot of wear and tear but there won't be much danger of that happening, as any interest will soon wane. Stick some different material onto a card and use that instead.
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This package comprises of two "buggy books" presented in an attractive clear fronted box making it an ideal small gift. The set comprises books on colours and numbers - the books are designed to clip onto the babby buggy, high chair or cot using a velcro tab which is threaded through the books. The suggested age range is "0+" and the intention is that they build an association between things the baby sees, and, in this case, colours and numbers. The books are nicely illustrated and contain the following sorts of illustrations/associations - a bee with the caption "1 Bee" and, in the case of the colours book,a picture of an apple and the caption "Red Apple" this theme continues for flowers and fish etc. The finish of the books is wipe clean.

In terms of usefulness I'm not sure about the "0+" recommendation, but as the baby develops, I think these books will be both a nice plaything and hopefully develop the associations between the objects and numbers/colours etc. In summary, good value, well presented and shows plenty of promise of being of practical/educational use. I'll update this review in the light of experience.
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VINE VOICEon 26 March 2012
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These two beautifully illustrated little books are practical, colourful and educational.

Each page of the 'colours' book features a coloured object with an appropriate description in words (for example, 'red apple' or 'yellow duck'). As a learning aid, this works in two ways: (a) babies learn to recognise the names that describe colours; (2) they learn the simple nouns that the colours modify.

The 'numbers' book uses the same learning technique to introduce babies to basic numerals. The full-colour illustrations are accompanied by descriptions such as '1 bee' and '2 flowers'.

Each book has a soft velcro strap which can be used for securing it to baby buggy, high chair or cot - a very practical addition to an adorable set of early learning books.
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on 27 April 2012
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A pack of two books that can be attached to the buggy. They teach colours and numbers, and, as they say on the back cover, "it's best to start with the colours". Ideal as a present.
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VINE VOICEon 6 June 2012
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I'm quite impressed with this book - it's large and sturdy, with pages made from thick, wipe-clean cardboard, and it looks like it would withstand a bit of rough play. It has bright, colourful pictures in primary colours, and simple words which are easy to understand.

The text of the book consists of: Red like a fast car and a shiny fire engine, Orange like long carrots and a bumpy orange, Yellow like a bright sunflower and fluffy chicks, Green like a shiny caterpillar and silky leaves, Blue like a glittery kite and a chugging train. Each colour has a double-page spread dedicated to it and one touch-and-feel part, such as a foil patch for the fire engine, an uneven plasticky texture for the orange, little furry bodies for the chicks, smooth fabric for the leaves and glitter for the kite. There's also some yellow fur on the front cover to grab kids' attention straight away.

I think this is a very nicely produced book, but it doesn't have a story or much of a hook to keep children coming back, and value-wise it is around the same price as the Usborne 'That's not my dragon/teddy/etc' books, which have a stronger narrative and tend to have slightly more interesting touch-and-feel areas. I would definitely choose one of those over this book, but if you are not keen on the Usborne range or already have them all then this is a reasonable addition to your collection and I am sure it will both engage children and help them to learn.
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Pros - it's aesthetically pleasing with lovely bright colours and attractive artwork. It's not gender-specific and it doesn't overdo the glitz and glitter. It is a good size for toddlers' hands.

Cons - it is a bit too simplistic and a greater variety of textures would make it more engaging for young children. It is in a similar price range to the Usborne That's Not My series yet it feels much cheaper re quality.
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VINE VOICEon 1 May 2012
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AS it is for very young children, this book is necessarily short on text and is only a few pages long. However, I was surprised as just HOW short it is. It only covers the colours red, orange, yellow, green and blue - I would have expected purple, black and white to make an appearance! The real disappointment was the texture elements, which are very lackluster. The "silky" green isn't especially silky, the fluffy yellow isn't particularly fluffy, etc. For such a simple book it feels like a greater effort could have been invested in making it engaging. That said, it is very chunky and durable, and should stand up to a fair amount of abuse from little hands. Overall, it is fine for what it is, but there are much better examples of this very standard formula out there.
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