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Thursday 12 October 2017

Review: My First Day and Night

Compact and chunky, this educational book introduces toddlers to new concepts beginning with day and night. It depicts day and what it looks like, and how night appears. To stimulate thought, it shows which animals are seen in the day in contrast to those that appear at night. 

The layout is excellent and is geared to maximise learning and memory of what children see, and to which part of day each item, thing, or animal belongs.

Time to get Up presents what happens in the early part of day. For example, soap to wash with, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and clothes to be worn. Each page can become a verbal narrative to be shared with a child in a question and answer form.

The other sections include mealtimes, bathtime, bedtime, every day activities, once a week, once a month, and once a year activities, and shows animals, things that grow, and play and clothing for each season. Each picture is labelled and can be used through repetition to increase language skills. Each picture is also made of many parts, which can also facilitate additional introduction of vocabulary.

At the end there is a challenge to guess the time of day and the season by the pictures depicted on the double page.

There is so much to learn. This is not a book which parents and child carers will read once and put away. It’s a book that will be used daily to increase vocabulary, spark the mind, and teach toddlers how to differentiate between day, night and the seasons.  The large clock on the front cover can be a starting point for the concept of time. The bright colours and shapes that fill the pages can also become learning tools. The possibilities are endless.

Title: My First Day and Night
Author: Violet Peto
Publisher: DK Penguin, $ 9.99
Publication Date: 18 September 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780241281536
For ages: 2+
Type: Board Book