Eyes, nose, toes; peekaboo! by DK Publishing

Eyes, nose, toes; peekaboo!

An interesting aspect of toddler books is the importance of engaging multiple senses. When writing for adults it’s just as important, but much less literally. It seems really simple and obvious, but I’ve learned there’s a very subtle art to it. This book does it beautifully.

Kiddo’s first foray into verbal communication came about when her teacher got her to identify her nose by pointing to it. She wasn’t terribly keen on communicating much else to us, though, so we decided to really reinforce the nose thing. Enter this book.

To summarize, it’s an incredibly interactive board book that asks the reader to identify various body parts (eyes, nose, ears, and toes) by pointing. Finding the body parts requires turning and opening pages and flaps. The correct parts are made in different tactile materials. My top three favorite things about this book:

First, the backgrounds are white, and the pictures are clear. It doesn’t offer distractions, which is great since it’s asking very specific questions. Second, while there isn’t necessarily a story, everything is written in complete sentences. The dialogue that it creates offers both encouragement and reinforcement.

Finally, the peekaboo aspect, which requires you to do a little digging to find the body parts, presents the opportunity to turn the pages and really explore the physicality of the book. I appreciate that so much, and think it’s incredibly important for her.

Bonus–the last page asks you to find the baby. Kiddo likes to give the baby a kiss after she finds her, which is the cutest thing ever. My baby kisses books. WIN.

This book makes me feel like a genius. Where are the doll’s eyes? RIGHT THERE. The teddy’s nose? LET ME SHOW YOU. I don’t necessarily want to read this one a second time, though. I need a mental break after flexing my genius muscles for you. Maybe tomorrow.

10/20/15 Update: I am almost two years old now, and after nearly six of months of constant reading, I have basically destroyed this book. Most of the flaps are missing, but I still love it.


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