Tall Boy absolutely loves to curl up with a book. He asks for stories first thing in the morning, he always has two stories before bed, and when he wants a bit of down time during the day we often snuggle up and read together. He enjoys the cuddle and relax time so much that on a few happy occasions I’ve even managed to be able to read to him until he falls asleep, which is a real treat now he has all but dropped his afternoon naps.
As any parent will know, reading the same stories over and over again can get somewhat tiresome, so I am always on the look out for new books. When I find one that offers something a bit different I am easily swayed, so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to introduce Tall Boy to this little gem of a book, Sounds of the Forest.
The little board book tells the story of a baby owl who is waiting for mummy to come home. The book comes with a beautiful owl whistle, which creates a lovely twit twoo noise so your child can join in with the story, making owl sounds along with the baby owl on every page.
The idea is that the owl whistle introduces your children to the fundamental skills of music making through rhythm. Tall Boy certainly enjoyed blowing in to the owl, which he has become quite attached to, and it didn’t take him long to pick up when to blow the whistle to fit in with the story.
Don’t be put off by the fact this book comes with what could be described as a ‘noisy toy’. The owl sounds are gentle and actually pretty quiet, so this could even make a great bedtime read.
The recommended age range is two to seven years. I can’t speak for older children, but at just over two, Tall Boy has enjoyed reading this book. He loves the novelty of the owl whistle and has asked to read it several times since we first received it. He enjoys playing with the owl as a stand alone toy too.
If you are stuck for Christmas present ideas for a young child who enjoys reading, this could be your solution.
Disclaimer: I was given a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review. Views are, as always, my own, and based on my experience of reading the story with Tall Boy.