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The Return of Felt Boards!
on March 9, 2011
I love felt boards. Honestly, I miss felt boards. You hardly see them in stores now. 'Dora Rainbow Surprise' is two things-- a storybook and an interactive felt board. Within the book you get 51 felt pieces that attach to a foldable, hard cover play scene. Within the front cover there is a pocket that holds the paperback book in place. There's also a plastic pouch attached to the book to store your pieces in! This is designed with travel in mind and would be perfect for car trips or airplane layovers.
I found the pieces (which come on a perforated piece of felt) easy to prepare. They are various sizes, some big some and some small. The Dora felt piece is about 3 1/2 inches tall and the other pieces (backpack, map, flowers, butterflies) are all proportionate to her size. They stick well to the scene included.
The storybook can be used with or without this felt board. Dora is learning all about colors and shapes. Each page reads like your typical Dora book, but also has an extra bit of text that tells you what pieces you should put on the felt board if you are 'creating the scene' while reading the book. You can read the book with or without these prompts.
Out of all the Dora books I've seen on the market, this is by far my favorite. It has an element of uniqueness to it that others just don't have. Also, as mentioned above, it's travel-friendly, always a nice feature! If you're in the market for a Dora book with a little extra, take a peek at Rainbow Surprise!