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Sunday 27 May 2018

Review: Clap Hands: A First Book for Babies

Helen Oxenbury has created a charming book for babies that introduces concepts for awakening minds and early learning. Cognitive development through the use of the senses and motor skills through movement, are concentrated on throughout the book.

Exquisitely illustrated, Clap Hands presents baby’s first venture into learning. There are a lot of firsts to be found in the fun-filled activity and play which adorns every page. 

A group of cute babies are seen enjoying themselves as they practice eating and drinking, clapping, tapping and drumming during their sensorimotor stage. By watching each other and copying what they see, waving and using their arms, they improve their motor skills and discover their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.

The limited rhyming verse full of rhythm welcomes repetition that will engage any squiggling and wriggling youngster’s concentration. So will the brilliant colours that are used to visually stimulate young minds and add another branch of learning.

These pages full of energetic babies enjoying spontaneous play form the ideal first book for babies. Sized to fit the grip of tiny hands, the sturdy board will withstand constant turning and taste testing.
Title: Clap Hands: A First Book for Babies
Author/Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: May 2018, $11.99
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781406382372
For ages: 1+
Type: Board Book