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My First Word Board Book (My 1st Board Books) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0789499059
ISBN-10: 0789499053
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Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next. Hardcover | More for ages 3-5

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Amazon.com Review

The original My First Word Book sold over 1.5 million copies around the world, and now the book is back--revised, refreshed, and ready to entertain. This colorful, oversized volume introduces kids to the world of words with over 1,000 photographs and illustrations. Objects are arranged by category (such as "In the garden" or "Pets") or concept (such as "Colors, shapes, and numbers" and "Opposites"). This essential book can be used for hours of happy browsing, a launching pad for countless stories, or as a fun way to get children started on the road to reading. (Baby to preschool)

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This bountiful catalogue of words in a typical preschooler's world marks the debut of the U.S. imprint of Dorling Kindersley, British innovators of the colorful photographic nonfiction identified with the Eyewitness series (Knopf). Crisp photographs and a few supplemental drawings of familiar household objects, foods, toys and clothing are neatly arranged on the spreads. A neighborhood post office and library, items in a supermarket and animals on a farm appear against ample white backgrounds--which help focus attention on these clearly labeled illustrations. Several energetic, brightly clad youngsters demonstrating "actions" and "playtime" are particularly engaging. This is a valuable first pictorial dictionary for youngest readers; older children may also enjoy using the index to match up objects, words and page numbers. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2709 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (March 19, 2007)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O3218G
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Angela Wilkes is the author of several Dorling Kindersley books, including The Children's Step-by-Step Cookbook and My First Word Book.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Davis on August 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a speech therapist who works with preschoolers. I bought the most recent edition of this book, having used the first edition until duct ape would no longer hold it together. My chief complaint about the first edition was that it used many photographs of toys rather than the of real objects.

The current edition uses photographs of the real items, but I felt it actually used too many for my purposes. It has many photographs of scenes in various locations. This makes them too busy for many of the kids I work with; there is too much happening for us to be able to focus on only one or two objects or actions. The first edition featured pages full of pictures that were isolated on the page rather than embedded in scenes. I prefer the context-free format.

I was also disappointed with some of the vocabulary categories. Do preschoolers really need two pages of Places that feature Rocky Desert, Dry Desert, a Geyser and more? I could offer more examples here, but I've already given the book away to my niece.

Having pointed out my reservations, let me mention some of this books strengths. It does cover a lot of vocabulary; more than the first edition did. The pictures are all of the highest quality. It is a fine book.

If you want to share this book with a child whose vocabulary and language skills are average or above average, then I can recommend this book. However, for my purposes of teaching children whose skills are delayed, it just does not fill the bill.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tami Lumpkins on April 20, 2000
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I bought several of these type board books for my 2 year old speech delayed daughter. We are currently working on building her vocabulary, and this book has been one of the best because it not only catagorizes the objects (as mentioned in another review), but it also has full color photographs. Young children are unable to distinguish that an abstract drawing of a cow is a cow, but with photographs of actual items they can more clearly understand and label the objects.
This book is durable, colorful, and has many many pictures to help give my daughter the vocabulary she needs to communicate with us. She loves to "read" her book, and now her older sister is reading it to her, which also helps my seven year old in her reading skills.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
Format: Board book
My one-year-old enjoys looking at this book, though he doesn't have the attention span for me to point out everything on the page every time. I have two complaints though--one is that the photos are very small in this board book format--the monkey, for example, is really hard to see. The other is that the objects photographed are VERY European-looking. The bicycle doesn't look anything like an American bike, the perfume bottle is unrecognizable, the ice cream looks like three macaroons in a bowl, the telephone is a red and black dial phone, etc. I think it would've been better to have American-looking drawings than these European photos.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Lempka on December 28, 1999
Format: Board book
My 4 year old had a bigger version of this book when he was 1 and I recently bought this version for my twin 1 year old daughters and as a gift for an 18 month old. The pictures are clear, bright, and simple and really hold your child's attention. The thing I like best about this book is that it arranges items in categories rather than by letter. A 1 year old doesn't care that apple starts with "A" as shown in many books, s/he needs to know that an apple is food or that a sock is clothing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. You will reap many times your investment from it. I think it is a must have for your little one's library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2000
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We read this book often but never all the way through. We skip around a lot. It can be overwhelming since it offers tons of material. I agree with the reviewer who gets bored with it. (Let's face it, a 1000 words with no plot can get a bit dry for an adult!) Some other reviewers complained about the illustrations or plastic figures -- these don't bother me since there is so much to see, you don't really miss anything if you skip that stuff.
I do suggest a better alternative if you really want to capture the heart and mind of a toddler and help to expand their vocabulary. Find a topic they love and get a smaller, more focussed book on that topic. For example, my 2 year old loves vehicles. He picked out "My Big Machine Book" at the bookstore and he runs it into my room to read everyday!
Summary: Good for what it is, but I'd recommend several smaller more focussed board books instead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
Format: Board book
My 15 month old son loves this book and the others in the series (My first ABC and My First Animals). He will not sit still for any other picture book. Living near a farm, it was important to us that he see "real" animals in his books that he could easily associate with the ones he visits. He recognizes these pictures and is beginning to use the appropriate words for each. We love it and have given it as a gift to other parents of young children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has been wonderful for our little girl who we adopted from Romania at age 3 1/2 years. She only spoke three words in Romanian. This book has helped her make sense of her new surroundings by seeing photgraphs and learning the words. She loves to find the foods, animals and toys that she likes and to name them. I would highly recommend this book for every child as well as second language learner. There is no guessing about what the pictures are as almost everything is real. The few drawings are very clear and understandable. There is a Spanish version that gives the Spanish and the English word. I am an elementary principal and I ordered multiples of this book for each of my kindergarten through second grade classrooms. 90% of our students have Spanish as a first language so it has been great to share with our families. Our parents use it as a reference, too, to learn English!
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