Indestructibles: Let's Go Outside!
Look up at the BIG BLUE sky.
SPLISH in the water just like a fish.
Take a walk and STRETCH like tall, tall trees.
Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time. Beloved by babies and their parents, Indestructibles are built for the way babies “read” (i.e., with their hands and mouths) and are:
Rip Proof—made of ultra-durable tight-woven material
Waterproof—can be chewed on, drooled on, and washed!
Emergent Literacy Tool—bright pictures and few or no words encourage dialogic reading
Portable—lightweight books can go anywhere, perfect for the diaper bag and for travel
Safe for Baby—meets ASTM safety standards
What I loved: The actions in this book are delightful, particularly for young toddlers who will love to stretch like a tall, tall tree and buzz like a bee. The final page of the book asks "What else can you do outside?" and features an image with plenty of fun features. We like to hop like the frog (or bunny), flap our wings like a bird, bark like the dog, flutter our fingers like the butterflies, and hoot hoot like the owl. There are plenty of things for parents to come up with on their own. My young toddler absolutely loves acting these out and comes up with some of his own that make this book really fun and interactive.
The font is really easy for parents to read with an ideal word-to-picture ratio (pages turn fast for short attention spans), and older infants/young toddlers will love acting things out with their parents. You can help them stretch up their arms gently like a tree, and make a funny fish face when you splish like a fish. These sorts of things make reading truly delightful for little ones.
The images are also really fun with tons of bright colors, animals, and insects that will delight young children as they can point them out. Each page is full of things that kids will enjoy pointing out. I also really love the diversity of parent/child dyads with several races and both fathers and mothers depicted.
Another great feature is that this book is from the indestructibles line, which means it is safe to chew on, impossible to rip the pages, and easy to clean (just wipe it down). It's really nice just to be able to hand to babies on the go. It's also nice and light with easy to turn pages that allow young readers to explore for themselves.
Final verdict: This delightful book is designed with babies in mind and truly makes reading fun for parents and infants/young toddlers together. Highly recommend for any babies or toddlers.