Monday, October 5, 2009

Review: Begin Smart Books - Newborn to 6 months

Summary: This book encourages babies to turn their head in the direction of a sound. A jingle of keys, a clap of hands, a ring of a bell, a quack of a duck, a meow of a cat... Shhh! A baby is sleeping. This book features playful illustrations of every day objects and animals making noises. Snug in a PEVA bag, this book comes packages with a bird squeaker. -- Begin Smart

Summary: The big animal faces in this soft, cloth book will catch baby's eye immediately. A sewn-in rattle adds to the fun - shake it to capture, keep, and build baby's attention span. -- Begin Smart

LOOK AROUND AND LISTEN and ANIMAL FACES are two new books from Begin Smart for newborn to six month olds. It appears that Begin Smart has once again come out with the perfect books for infants -- you can read my earlier review of Begin Smart books here.

LOOK AROUND AND LISTEN is a great first animal sound book. The book comes with a cute little bird that squeaks, and both the bird and the book are made of plastic. I love soft plastic books for babies! I don't know about all babies, but mine drooled a lot. I appreciated how durable plastic books were and how they could be wiped down from babies' messes.

I think it's wonderful that all of the Begin Smart books are geared for a specific age range and that they help with the different developmental stages. It's also great that they can be educational while also being a lot of fun! This book encourages visual and auditory activity and stimulation, focusing, tracking, scanning, object recognition, and bonding.

As you can see from the picture above, ANIMAL FACES us a soft book with a little puppy jumping out from it. It is absolutely adorable and very eye-catching with the red, white and black colors. What you might not be able to see is that the puppy is shiny and smooth to the touch. I can see even the youngest baby being attracted to this cute book filled with lots of eyes, noses and mouths! ANIMAL FACES encourages visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation, hand-eye coordination, and bonding with parents.

Both ANIMAL FACES and LOOK AROUND AND LISTEN are ideal gifts for baby showers or for babies' first books!

Thanks to the publisher for sending me these books.


bermudaonion said...

Vance would have enjoyed that book! He loved looking at bright colors like that. Of course, he would have had it in his mouth a lot too!

Jen - devourer of books said...

Daniel likes playing with books, so I may have to check these out. Lately he's been looking at my books a lot, when I read as I feed him.