Saturday, October 19, 2019

Review: TouchWords by Rilla Alexander


CLOTHES
TouchWords
by Rilla Alexander
Chronicle Books
Board Book / Activity
16 pages
ages 2 to 4

The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers

Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations.

With Touchwords: Clothes, build vocabulary and explore the fundamentals of what we wear – whether it's a frilly party dress or a pair of ripped jeans.

Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby's shelf and provides an educational element as well.

If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and FeelGoodnight MoonChicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you'll love the Touchwords series.






MY DAY
TouchWords
by Rilla Alexander
Chronicle Books
Board Book / Activity
16 pages
ages 2 to 4


The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers

Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations.

With Touchwords: My Day, build vocabulary and explore the exciting possibilities of a day – from washing to playing to sleeping and everything in between.

Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby's shelf and provides an educational element as well.

If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and FeelGoodnight MoonChicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you'll love the Touchwords series.



 MY TIDBITS

These are sturdy books with a hands-on-feel, which is just right for little hands. Each two-page spread illustrates a single, big and bold word. The word is always a simple, every day one, which youngest listeners can grasp, understand, and place in their own lives. The word is lifted off the regular page, inviting for listeners to touch it and rub their fingers over every letter. Over ten more words (small typed) are listed, which relate to the main theme—things which listeners might already associate with the main word. And if not, older listeners will learn a few new words along the way.

The illustrations are bright and bold. The main object is large and sits 'in' the page, which allows listeners to feel the outline and shape as they look at it. There's also a small detail of the object (for example: a pocket on a shirt), which is raised and offers another thing for kids to feel. Other things relating to the main theme are portrayed across the page, always things kids can easily identify.

The books are simple, robust and offer familiar as well as unfamiliar words. The youngest will probably be happy with just the basic terms, where slightly older ones can dives into the word list a little better. It's an original way to get kids to hear, identify with, feel and explore words.


And here she is...

Rilla Alexander is an Australian-born designer and illustrator whose work has appeared on everything from toys and teacups to buses and buildings. Her books celebrate creativity, reading, making, and doing. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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