Back in June I attended the brilliant BritMums Live conference and got chatting to Parragon Books. I was thrilled when, a few weeks later, they invited Toby and I to be Book Buddies. What that means is that each month Parragon will send us a book and we tell you all about it. Simple!
A couple of weeks ago I received a package containing an absolutely gorgeous books called Cute As A Button: A Collection of Nursery Rhymes. It’s got all the classics in it as well as some modern rhymes and the illustrations are beautiful. I adore books and Toby seems to be developing a keen interest too, so we’ve loved flicking through the pages where I encourage Toby to point when he wants me to stop and we read whatever rhyme we land on. I point out details in the pictures to show him the word associations and he definitely has a few firm favourites, including Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Incy Wincy Spider!
Because I also sign with Toby, nursery rhymes are great for practicing signs and encouraging Toby to join in. I encourage him to sign and say key words and he’s making a lot of effort to do so, which is great. Reading is such an integral part of developing communication skills and the rhyming patterns help the words to stick a bit better, making them more memorable.
This book looks and feels such great quality, it’s got a lovely cushioned cover and it just doesn’t feel at all flimsy. This would make a perfect gift for a new baby or as a birthday or Christmas present because although many nursery rhyme collections contain the same songs, the illustrations and the sheer volume of different rhymes in this one make it stand out.
I can see this book staying on Toby’s bookshelf for many years to come and I have this lovely image in my head of him one day sitting with a baby brother or sister and reading his favourites to them too. Good books become part of the family and that’s just what this is.
Retailing at £7.99, A Collection of Nursery Rhymes is exceptional value for money and certainly one of the best I’ve seen around.
** I was sent the book free of charge in exchange for this review. All words and opinions are my own**