We love books and reading to our kids and often emphasized how important this is as parents of young kids ourselves. As bloggers and social media influencers, we want to encourage our followers to get their kids reading from a young age. Parents could head to the library or join various toddler groups to help their kids get into the habit of reading. Our house is filled with lots of reading materials from magazines, flash cards, toddler books, fiction, non-fiction and recipe books. In this post, we are going to share with you a lovely project by Ruth Bradford called the Black and White Book Project. She sent us a set of 3 books and a box of flashcards for us to review. Each book shares 12 iconic animals from each region; Amazing Animals of Southeast Asia, Extraordinary Animals from the Land of Oz and Spectacular Animals of Africa. These books and flashcards are great for young toddlers up to the age of 5 years of age. Do read on to learn more about it.
Amazing Animals of Southeast Asia – In this book, you will find 12 animals who live across the region of Southeast Asia. From the Asian elephant to the hornbill, to orang-utans and geckos
Extraordinary Animals from the Land of Oz – In this book, find 12 animals who live in Australia. From the kangaroo, to the koala, to snakes and cockatoos, enjoy sharing these picture books with babies and toddlers to help stimulate their development and inspire an early love of wildlife.
Spectacular Animals of Africa – In this book, find 12 animals who live in Africa. From the majestic lion to the warthog, to meerkats and hippos, enjoy sharing these picture books with babies and toddlers to help stimulate their development and inspire an early love of wildlife.
Interactive Flash Card Set – Each of the flashcards comes with an illustration of an animal, a fact to read aloud plus an activity for toddlers to interact with. 12 cards that can be used from birth to entertain and stimulate babies development, right up to toddlers and pre-schoolers learning all about animals. On the front of each card is an illustration of an animal and on the back, there is a fact to read aloud plus an activity for older children to interact with. Useful, fun and engaging these are a great addition to any parenting tool
About the Books and Flashcards
The books and flashcards are made with 100% FSC Certified paper printed with soy ink. The book measures 150mm x 150mm x 18mm and has an approx weight of 285g with 12 internal pages and a map on the inside cover to illustrate where the animals are from. The flashcards, on the other hand, is 165mm x 120mm x 25mm with each card measuring 155mm x 110mm with an approx total weight of 224g. The picture books are great for babies and toddlers to help stimulate their development and inspire an early love of wildlife.
What did we think about it?
These animal picture books are quite extraordinary. Their eye-catching pictures and unusual animals make them a big hit with toddlers. My 18-month-old son and I had lots of fun learning the names of each of the animals. It’s been great to add to his vocabulary and to be honest add to my knowledge of animals from other parts of the world. What makes these animal picture books different to others is the range of animals and simplicity, yet beauty of the pictures. Our family loves books and we have many animal books but these seem unique because the animals are not just your usual British farm or even safari animals, with animals like Cassowary, Platypus and Thorny Devil Lizard. Can you guess which country these animals are all from? The books are all themed around areas of the world, the titles of the books are Spectacular Animals of Africa, Extraordinary Animals from the Land of Oz and Amazing animals of Southeast Asia. I particularly like how the books and flash cards are black and white. It makes them very striking and artistic but also stimulating for little ones. The front of the flash card has a picture of an animal while the back has some facts and questions to make it interactive. Research has shown that Black and white registers strongest on a baby’s retina, so stimulating the child’s brain. I think these books are wonderful and would like more in the range. How about astonishing animals of the artic?
How much are these books and flashcards
We were sent the set of 3 books plus flashcards for the review and this costs £30. You can purchase yours here. The books and flash cards can also be purchased individually or as a set.
About the Little Black and White Book Project
The company has been set up by Ruth Bradford who is a graphic designer, it was in her nature to create bespoke items for friends, family. So when she found out she was pregnant with her first child she was of course going to want to put her skills to use and dream up something special for him. She has a huge appreciation for conservation and the protection of wildlife and often talk about projects through which she could help raise awareness and funds. She has combined her love for animals with her new passion as a parent and to share her illustrations with Mums, Dads and little people all around the world.
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* We were sent the book set and flashcards in return for a review. All opinions are our own.