A is for Apple
(Trace & Flip Fun)
by Georgie Birkett
$ 6.83 (lower than Walmart/Target)
About the book:
Engage your kids in discovering and learning basic concepts of the alphabet. By running their finger along large, grooved letters, children can explore each shape. Colorful lift the flaps on every sturdy page further reinforces easy learning. Each board page features a capital letter that a child can trace with their finger, a flap to lift to find a surprise and bright illustrations!
We can't go past a shelf of books at the store, garage sale or even get in the car without a book or car in her hands. Recently I introduced Gianna (18 months) to Flap Books. She already enjoys Touchy Feely Books & so this book is a great fit for her. I have also been actively looking for books & toys for when we begin Tot School this fall. For those of you who don't know what Tot School is it's "Focused Learning through Play" and so this book and it's sister book "123 Count With Me" will be a great addition to our learning time.
I had actually seen this book at Walmart about a week ago but didn't purchase it at the time because I was thinking she wasn't ready for "writing". Yesterday we saw this book at Target and of course Gianna latched onto it. Each individual page is dedicated toward 1 letter and shows pictures of objects that start with that letter. So, C is for Cat (flip the flap and find a Car), A is for Apple (flip the flap and find an ant). One of the things I liked was that each letter is a grooved letter and each shows arrows so children can properly learn the correct way to write a letter. This is the way kids are taught to write their letters in school and now we can reinforce it at home or preschool. We have already been using our pointer finger to help us count the birds in our counting book so it was nice to extend that skill into "writing" our letters.
(Example: If you look at the red cards to the right each letter on the card has an arrow show kids which way to trace & learn the correct way to "write" the letter - this book takes it one step further and shows Steps 1, 2 and 3 with corresponding numbers so kids know the correct sequence to trace)
The first time I read the book to her she used her finger for about 4-6 letters - and then started struggling with me. Now though she climbs right up in my lap and gets her pointer finger ready to do her tracing. She carries this book around quite a bit and if I don't take it out of her hand when she brings it to me she will grab my hand and turn it to grasp the book. Its pretty interesting to watch. She's such a smart little cookie!
I think this book and 123 Count with Me is ideal for the 18 month to 6 year old range easily. Even if your little one doesn't have the dexterity to do the tracing perhaps the flaps might be fun. If you child is still tearing books I'd suggest making it a reading with mom/dad type book.
Other books by Georgie Birkett (click on the image to purchase - thank you!)
Disclaimer: I purchased this book myself and am reviewing this as a service to my readers. I was not compensated for this review in any way.