A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people from Top That! Publishing got in touch asking, if we would like to review a couple of their Christmas books. As Amy will be more aware of Christmas than she was last year, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce her to the topic of Christmas by reading stories to her and explore the festivities through play.
Now, one of the Christmas books we were sent is a felt book called Fuzzy Christmas and I have to admit that I have never had any felt toys in my entire life and neither has Amy. I always thought that felt was a little earth mother(ish) and for children of hippie mums (I know, I couldn’t get more stereotypical), but my little girl proved me wrong. Amy absolutely adores this book and I think it’s absolutely brilliant, both educationally and in regards to its entertainment factor.
The books comes with a selection of felt pieces and all of them have printed images on them that allow children to re-create the scenes described in the book or use them for imaginative play. Amy is obviously still a little young to re-create the story line of the book, but I personally found it great to check her understanding of words in both English and German. She is able to point out different objects and pick up the matching felt pieces and enjoys sticking them onto the felt pages – not necessarily the correct ones though, but that’s alright seeing that she’s only 18 months old.
Altogether there are five different scenes (fun in the snow, a village square, Santa’s workshop, a Christmas tree and a fire place), which introduce children to the different aspects of Christmas and winter time. Amy really enjoys “reading” the book and for the last couple of weeks she’s been literally obsessed with it. Before even giving me a kiss in the morning, she grabs the book, flicks the pages and points at the orange cat on the last page – I guess that says it all: it’s the perfect Christmas book for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Fuzzy Christmas is available via Top That! publishing’s online shop for £7.19.
Disclosure: We were provided with a free copy of the book for the purpose of this review. As always our opinions are our own and have not been influenced by Top That! Publishing.