Eyes, nose, toes Peekaboo!

This is a great baby book from Dorling Kindersley.

On each left hand page is a photograph of a baby and a question, for example, “Where are Dinosaur’s toes?”  On the right is a picture of the dinosaur with a blanket over his feet.  This partially cut-out page flips open to show his toes, which are made of padded sparkly material and very squishable.  You can see the fully unfolded page below.

After you find Dolly’s eyes, Teddy’s nose, Rabbit’s ears, and Dinosaur’s toes, on the final page is a baby with her hands over her eyes who flips open to say ‘Peekaboo!’.  The end of the book invites you to point to your own eyes, nose, ears and toes.

These are very popular with babies and toddlers and it is easy to see why.  The photos and text are on a plain white background, minimising fuss and creating strong contrasts.  The toys photographed are beautiful objects in their own right (the doll has little knitted fingers covering her eyes) and the baby pictures will encourage children to engage and interact with the book.  The flaps are also nearly a whole page in size making them robust and also easy to fix if they do come loose.  It is short, simple, and well-designed.

The simple text and questions and the invitation to point to your own features at the end makes this an idea way for babies to enjoy learning about themselves.

Dorling Kindersley rarely disappoint, and this series (there are a number of others) is no exception.  Pretty, fun, and educational: an ideal early book.