Advantages fun, colourful, lots of choice, characters, low price
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Reading stories and books is an ideal way to help a child develop skills and advance in life. Reading along with your child also acts as a special bonding time and makes bedtime more enjoyable for all.
The treasury claims to be ideal for playtime or bedtime. It incorporates 4 well known pre-school tv show favourites. We have Thomas the Tank, Fireman Sam, Postman Pat and a bit more up to date offering of Bob The Builder. The treasury is split into character sections and a little bit about the adventures ahead is noted on the back.
We are then presented with 4 contents pages. Each page is blue with white stars and a yellow column confirms the different stories within each character section. The matching character pictures are also present. There are 6 Postman Pat stories, 8 Thomas, 5 Fireman Sam and finally 6 Bob the Builder stories.
This book when published had an rrp of £19.99. It can now be found new on amazon for £8.09. Used copies can also be bought for only 1p with £2.80 p&p!
Ryans collection of books includes traditional Thomas books, In the Night Garden and various others from simple touch and feel books to books containing a large amount of words. I prefer to encourage some basic reading with lots of pictures as a starting point and work our way up with more words when Ryan feels ready. I was in a local charity shop just before Christmas and spotted this book on the shelves. I was instantly drawn in as it contained 4 characters that Ryan adores and was convinced to purchase due to the 79p price tag.Our book was in perfect condition with no a page torn or drawn on. I would feel quite upset if this one was drawn on so keep it out the way of pens and crayons. The book itself is very heavy due to the hardcover and over 200pages it contains. It isn't one Ryan can take out to read in his buggy or in limited space. It is one however he asks to look at and read at least 3-4times a week. When I first presented this to Ryan, he was over the moon and quickly told me about the characters adorning the front..it was sure to be a favourite for both of us!
3 of the characters used were around when I was a child and I am so glad Ryan has had the opportunity to witness them too. He adores Thomas as you all know and often watches Bob the Builder. Postman Pat has always been a hit as his Daddy is a postman but Fireman Sam isn't as well known with us but still recognisable due to having another book with him in it. It doesn't seem to be around on the TV anymore. Anyway lets get into this treasury and discover which stories we love!
The colourful pages enticed Ryan and the clear writing was easy for me to read. Whilst Ryan is abit too young to indentify all the words and sentences, he seems to be able to follow the book well. From regular reading, he has picked up the jist of the stories and when he is flicking through the book himself, I hear him adding his own little adaptions to each story. He has a good memory and even better imagination and I can be sure it won't be long til hes reading the book to me.The pictures are very clear and colourful which is ideal in a book like this. The stories are generally spread over 6pages with around 20-30 simple words in sentences on each page. This is really sufficient and holds Ryans attention for the time it takes me to read and him identifying the characters in the pictures at each turn of the page. Some of the stories are familiar to us such as At The Seaside and Clowning Around from Postman Pat. We have these episodes on DVD and the pictures correspond to what happens in the actual episode making it easy for Ryan to identify it and creating more excitement.
The characters in most of the stories are commonly used in the shows but the Thomas section cause a bit of confusing looks from Ryan. A few of the engines weren't known to us such as Rusty and Rheneas and we feel a bit more of an appearance from the engine himself, Thomas, would have been good. Fireman Sam section was good as its been a while since I have watched it and it was great rekindling the weird emergencies the firemen get called out to deal with!The Bob the Builder section was much loved by Ryan as he knows all of the characters used in the pictures and likes to copy what I am saying here. There are highlighted words encouraging readers to change their voice and make a strange sound which Ryan finds highly amusing and does it himself! Lots of animal noises to be acted out in this section which offers a bit of fun before bed.
Our favourite stories from each section include The Greendale Movie due to its funny, silly pictures and happenings. For Thomas, we loved reading about Harold and the Flying Horse. Harold is often only seen occasionally and Ryan loves helicopters so a full story dedicated to him was loved! Let In Snow in Fireman Sam was enjoyed as Ryan loves snow pictures and Christmas trees so this was his favourite here. All the Bob stories were enjoyed and moreso in the past few weeks as there has been a digger outside that Ryan insists is the one in the treasury!The stories are all fun and usually I ask Ryan to pick one to be read before bed. If he protests enough, I will go on and read another one. We do tend to change out story choice about to give a bit of variety. When he reads this alone he usually jumps straight to Thomas as he is the favourite. If he wants his Daddy to read to him (which is rare as Mummy reads so much better) he will insist on Postman Pat being read to him!
This is a lovely layed out book which due to its traditional, popular characters is much loved by my son. There is plenty of choice in terms of story and they are just the right length to hold a pre-schoolers attention. This book will hopefully be appreciated even more as Ryan gets older and his imagination grows. I think £19.99 is quite highly priced but buying a copy from amazon offers excellent value for money.I therefore highly recommend the Playtime Friends Story Treasury and thank you for reading x
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Pages: 220, Hardcover, Dean & Son
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