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Friday, 26 November 2010

Usborne Flap Books Farmyard Tales Christmas by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright

This book is a new edition of this festive favourite. It is another charming tale from Apple Tree Farm as the Boot family prepare for Christmas and Poppy and Sam wonder whether Santa will bring them what they asked for. It offers an interactive reading experience for young children, who will love to lift the robust flaps to find out what Christmas surprises are hiding underneath. It features the cosy illustrations of Stephen Cartwright.

When my children were younger, their favorite books were lift the flap books. They loved listening to the story, turning over the pages looking and waiting for the flaps to lift up. We have also read many of the books about Apple Tree Farm, with Mr and Mrs Boot and their children Poppy and Sam with Rusty the dog.
This book is the latest book in the Apple Tree Farm and it is a great book, perfect for a Christmas present. The pictures are beautiful, colourful and full of interesting detail and with flaps included to add further interest. Being a Christmas story there is also some beautifully foiled details included within the pictures.
I particularly liked reading these books with my children as the stories were good but with not too many words per page, making them perfect for when they were learning to read themselves and we could revisit books they had loved for them to read to me and now my son has been reading some of his old Apple Tree Farm books to me. The first page of the story has many words but the remainder of the pages include shorter sentences, with clear and bold type, perfect for early readers.
This book is a perfect present for a young child who will love the lift the flap concept of the book or for children who are learning to read. I would recommend it to all people who have young people to buy for.
Thank you to Amy at Usborne for sending me the book to review.

1 comment:

  1. We love the Farmyard Tales in our house. My eldest children enjoyed them 10 odd years ago and now the youngest loves them too.

    Have not got the Christmas edition. will have to look for that one.