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Great Concept- Inferior Quality to the Original I Purchased
on November 5, 2012
I purchased a copy of this book from a Scholastic warehouse sale for my granddaughter a year ago and it was fantastic. Great concept, engaging with the ribbon visuals, and sturdy. However the size and shape were different than this version being offered by Amazon. I saw that instead of being tall and rectangular, it was more of a square shape with built in handles. I wanted to purchase more to give as gifts for the children in my child care and thought the handles were a nice, fun addition.
Wow, when I received them was I disappointed. The original was, as I said, sturdy and it needs to be with all the tugging you do when you move through the pages as the ribbons resist a bit. In the first version, we had to go through the book quite a few times to get it "broken in." Well, when I opened the books, I tried to page through two of them and I found the quality of the pages to be much thinner than the first one I bought. They bend very easily. In the first new book, by the time I got to number 9, the place where the ribbons go through the page bent entirely with my effort to turn the page. The whole board book page now has a permanent crease there making it virtually impossible to enjoy continued use. In the second book, when I got to the number 4 page, it was already creased about an inch at the top where the ribbons go through the page and when I tried to turn the page, it actually tore about an inch at the bottom of the slot where the ribbons go through. I should note that I was not using excessive pressure, just what was needed to get the originally tight pages to move before it would have probably broken in. I didn't try to go further in the book and gave up, not trying to check out any of the other books. Needless to say, this never happened on my granddaughter's book.
In checking, I found the pages in her book to be of much better quality, thicker and with minimal or no flex. In further examining the books I noticed that both books are copyrighted by SMARTink, but have different ISBN's. The ISBN for my original book was 1-932403-11-6. The second group of books also said they were distributed by Ideals Publications, A Guideposts Company. This was not noted on my original book. A quick search found that I could get the original book with the ISBN noted above through Amazon's independent booksellers. So I purchased them piecemeal through these booksellers and will definitely be returning the defective books.
The book concept is great, but don't waste your money on this version of the book for your young child. It will rip, crease, and fall apart well before it's time and both you and your child will be frustrated and disappointed.