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This Little Monster {what we’re reading}

15/04/2014

It seems like the last few weeks have been all about Kitty’s books so I thought we’d take a little trip into Elma’s bookcase with one of her current favourites.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - This Little Monster

This Little Monster was a book Kitty originally picked out, long before Elma made an arrival on the scene, but as time has passed it seems to have migrated to the shelf below thanks to a little skilful reorganising by Miss Elma.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - This Little Monster

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - This Little Monster

It’s one a in a number of our collection of touchy feely baby books, but it has virtues that set it above the rest. I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of the ubiquitous “That’s Not My ….” series; they’re all right for what they are, and they’re fun to have around for little fingers to turn the pages and chew the corners, stroke the fluffy bits and prod the squishy bits, but literature they are not.

Because there’s no rhyme or patter in the words I find them harder going when you want something to read to little ones who aren’t really interacting yet. At Elma’s age and younger it’s as much about the rhythm of what you’re reading as the words themselves that have that magical effect on little ones as they unwind themselves and cuddle in for a story.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - This Little Monster

This Little Monster has patter and rhyme. Not a lot, it’s only a short little book after all, but enough to make it fun to read, with some nice words to wrap your tongue around and lovely invitations in the text to touch and feel.

And the touchy feely bits are fun too; a whole range of different textures, including some cut out holes on the front cover that are just the perfect size for poking with little fingers.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - This Little Monster

Cute little monsters for my little monsters – what’s not to like!

Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

Last week Anne-Marie’s family were reading the book I think we’re all starting to need now it’s getting lighter in the evenings, I don’t want to go to bed (I’m certain it can’t just be our daughters); Claire found another gorgeous Usbourne interactive book full of lift the flaps and noises and beeps in the form of baby’s first BIG playbook; and Vickie had me giggling from the get go with the wonderfully named Don’t put your pants on your head Fred!

So if you have a favourite, please do share it with us; each linky stays open for a week so there’s plenty of time to join in.  And so, without further ado, it’s over to you!



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  • Anna-Marie 15/04/2014 at 12:32 pm

    I love touch and feel books, I love how interactive they are, and they really get the children thinking too! xx

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:46 pm

      I think they’re really great for a little independent play too – Elma will sit quite happily and pull all her books off the shelf to turn their pages.

  • Claire @ Great British Family 15/04/2014 at 3:46 pm

    I’ve bought my baby her first ‘that’s not my’ for easter (lamb). I agree I prefer books with more rhythm but I gave in and I felt she should have one from the series! This book looks much more fun to read though.

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:48 pm

      I’m not starting a vendetta against them by any means; and we’ve got a good handful that Elma will ‘read’ to herself while we’re all getting ready in the morning, or during a quiet time – but for reading aloud I’ll choose something different – I’m sure your little one is going to love her lamb book!