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Simply the BEST Cloth Book We Could Find! Fun, Fun, Fun!
on July 21, 2006
FUZZY BEE AND FRIENDS is an excellent cloth book. I went shopping for a cloth book early on, when my baby had gotten the idea of turning pages but could not easily turn the pages in a board book. We looked at a lot of not-so-fun cloth books, Finally we found FUZZY BEE. We have both gotten hours of fun out of reaidng book!
FUZZY BEE AND FRIENDS features nine interactive illustrations (including the fuzzy bee on the crinkly-sounding cover). Each page has a simple, brightly colored illustration with something interesting to touch.
FUZZY BEE AND FRIENDS also features better-than-average text. A number of the cloth books we saw had text that was pretty lame. FUZZY BEE has two rhythmic, rhymed lines on each page. There is no ongoing story, but each pair of lines gives you a little bit os story about the character on the page.
Our favorite pages in FUZZY BEE AND FRIENDS: the beetle bug, who has two blue iridescent wings that both move; the butterfly with a red satin wing you can move; the spider who has eight black legs you can play with (our baby especially loved this when learning to pinch); and a dragonfly with four soft netting wings (great for grasping and also sucking on). Only a couple of pages get skipped over quickly when my baby turns the pages.
My baby is 11 months old and has been enjoying this book for 5-6 months now. He is now more likely to pull out a board book, but still clearly enjoys this one occasionally. A friend of ours who is a year older found the rhyme and the new words (names of insects) enough fun that we read it a number of times.
I have looked at Priddy's other cloth books, and none is quite as good as FUZZY BEE AND FRIENDS. If you only get one cloth book, make it this one. Oh, and this would be a fabulous shower gift. FUZZY BEE is not so famous that anyone is likely to get several copies, and it is a fun, useful book.
Buy and enjoy!