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TOUCH AND FEEL PETS (Touch and Feel Series)

Author: none

Illustrator: photographers: Steve Shott, Dave King, Cyril Laubshcer and Neil Fletcher

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Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.,

Material: board book

Summary: Young readers can learn textures by petting five relatively common household pets: dog, cat, fish, parrot, rabbit. This is a book for exploring textures.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 3

Age of Child: started reading at 1 year

Young Reader Reaction: S/He went through stages. One day we were only interested in the cat's whiskers, the next we were fascinated by the fish's scales.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book isn't nearly as engaging as Touch and Feel Puppy. It didn't garner near the rapt attention or interest of that book.

Pros: The pages and the texture spots are sturdy. The photos are great.

Cons: The sentences elicit specific actions. You have to create other questions if you want to generate interaction with the book.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. There is a nice variety of textures for toddlers to enjoy.

If You Liked This Book, Try: The Lifesize Book of Animal Opposites; Baby Einstein: VanGogh's World of Color; and My Best Friends THE LIFESIZE ANIMAL OPPOSITES BOOK   BABY EINSTEIN: VAN GOGH'S WORLD OF COLORS (Baby Einstein Series)   MY BEST FRIENDS

Educational Themes: There is plenty to learn from textures to colors to sizes to object identification and counting.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animal characters, picture book series, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2004

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