I am a big fan of lift the flap and turn the page sort of books for tiny people. Perhaps unfortunately for the longevity of the books, so are the girls. More than one of our books has had to have a little adhesive surgery after too enthusiastic an approach from Kitty or Elma. It makes sense really, what would be a more natural hand hold than this nice little flappy piece of card sticking up from the page – well until you’re left holding the flap and the book has landed heavily somewhere in the vicinity of your small and hopefully unsquished toes.
So this week, let me introduce you to the most robust of our interactive books; and it’s cute as a button to boot.
It was a present from my in-laws to Kitty. My mother in law loves all thing Beatrix Potter, and as the proper books were just a smidge beyond Kitty’s concentration levels at the time, she found this little treasure, to introduce the characters and enjoy the gorgeous illustrations without the tiny girl crawling off in the middle of the Tailor of Gloucester.
Each spread has Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle Duck, Mr Jeremy Fisher and friends hidden away with only a tuft of fur, or a snippet of soft clothes peeking through, to be revealed in all their touchy feely glory when the inner page is lifted.
It’s now on Elma’s shelf and she loves it; she knows where to look for the tactile bits, and throws open the pages with vigor. And they’re holding up nicely!
It means that she can sit and turn the pages herself if she wants; I don’t have to be there holding the book, holding it away and removing a rather confused tiny grasp. And after all, isn’t that rather the point of a lift the flap and touch the fluff book, that they do get to do all of the holding and page turning, to add that sensory experience to the visual and audio.
I want Elma to actually discover the world around her, not merely hear about it, and I hope all the fun she has now with Peter will linger when we get to the real stories later on.
Do go and say hi to Lucy and Kelle and see what they’ve been reading, and if you’ve seen something you think we all ought to be reading, please let us know!