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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Review: Maisy's Amazing Big Book of Words

Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words is a treasure trove for toddlers who are always (and often swiftly) increasing their vocabulary. Broken into themed sections, readers can experience words associated with specific topics and activities. Most toddler day time experiences are included (getting dressed, eating, bath time, bed time etc) and there are also special events and activities (birthdays, gardening, making music), particular interests (animals, on the farm, things that go) and other topics such as cleaning, indoor and outdoor activities and the weather.

Each new topic is introduced with a focus page which includes the title (i.e. Rainy Days), a full page illustration of Maisy participating in the activity/topic and a life-the-flap component. The pages that follow depict a collection of relevant items or characters to the topic, all displayed on a stark background with each image labelled. Cousins’ distinctive illustration style - simplistic, bright and bold - makes items easily recognisable for the littlest readers. As such, it would be a great book to use pre-language skills as well, for babies to point out items that they know but are as yet unable to articulate.

The large format of the book, and lift-the-flap components make it a perfect book for toddlers to sit and share with their favourite big people. I also highly recommend Maisy Big, Maisy Small for a great book about opposites for young children.

Title: Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Word
Author/Illustrator: Lucy Cousins
Publisher: Walker Books, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781406327830
For ages: 2+
Type: Picture Book

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