Monday, August 4, 2014

Read: Lift the flap books (and a giveaway)


Recently, Junior J wanted to make a dinosaur book as a birthday present for his friend who also loved dinosaurs. He had a good time drawing different types of dinosaurs on pieces of coloured construction paper. He then pasted these down as flaps using washi tape, in a little book I made. (The book was just made using pieces of art block that was halved, folded, and tied together with twine.) 


We hunted for pictures of the dinosaurs on the Internet, and we printed them out. He cut out the pictures and stuck them at the side of his drawings so that his friend could see how the dinosaurs looked like. (I love how he manages to incorporate the main features of each dinosaur in his drawings!)


He then carefully wrote down the names of these dinosaurs under each flap.


I was quite amazed at how carefully he did each step, and how he took the initiative to finish up the book when I was busy putting baby to sleep! We're hoping that his friend likes the book, and would be able to fill up the remaining pages (we prepared 12 dinosaurs) with other dinosaur pictures.


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Speaking of lift-the-flap books, the boys have been pouring over these interesting reads that MPH kindly sent us from Usborne's "Look Inside" series:


I used to prefer regular storybooks with a good storyline, and with Junior J we read a lot of those. However, when it came to Lil J, we found that he just couldn't sit through a story. He would wriggle and squirm and run off half-way. He's much better these days, but I've observed he has a much longer attention span when he has something to fiddle with while he listens to a story. We've figured he's probably a kinesthetic learner.


These board books have managed to capture his attention, simply because there's so much to manipulate in each book! The two boys love lifting each flap to see what is underneath. One interesting thing about this series is how they not only incorporate flaps, but sometimes flaps within flaps, or tabs you could pull to move certain pictures across the page. 




Once you get past the novelty of the flaps, you'd find that the contents of each book is pretty well-organized. Each book introduces various aspects of the topic, for example, the book on cars not only introduces various types of cars, but also describes how a car works. It also lets you take a peek at a garage, the race track and the scrap yard. All information is included in bite-sized bits on various flaps, and lifting each flap introduces more interesting facts. The illustrations are attractive and clear, so it really engages visual learners too!


I must say I did enjoy reading these books with the boys, and I am excited to share that we have a copy of "Look Inside Cars" and "Look Inside An Airport" to give away this week! Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter in the giveaway (please remember to leave your name and email address in the comments so we can contact you if you win!):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

MPH stocks some of the titles from the "Look Inside" Series, so you can check out the titles at their bookstores too! (The Parkway Parade branch is also having a promotion for the "The Young Scientists" collectors' sets. You can view the details here.)

PS: We received a copy of the three titles for purpose of the review. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are our own. 

47 comments:

  1. I would choose Look Inside Cars.

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  2. I will like to have the book " look inside an airport" as my boy is fascinated w the airport :)

    tanyingling@yahoo.com

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  3. Look Inside Cars & Look Inside Airport
    Celyn Huang
    Celyn11@hotmail.com

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  4. Thanks for sharing! Impressed with your son's passion and enthusiasm in creating the book! Lovely idea and so much learning and planning involved. Wonderful read this Monday morning.

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  5. Looking inside cars
    Jingxian
    j_xian@hotmail.com

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  6. Look Inside Airport for us! Actually either one would do. Was more interested in Look Inside Space! :p

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  7. All 3 look interesting! Look inside the airport for us if I have to choose one.

    Debra
    Olimomok@gmail.com

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  8. Look Inside Cars & Look Inside Airport
    Jaime Chan
    chueimei@gmail.com

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  9. Would love to have either inside the car or inside the airport for my younger boy. He's interested in both.

    Pao Ru
    adeafmumdiary @ gmail.com

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  10. My boy would love Look Inside Airport. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    Cheryl
    cheryl_siew@yahoo.com

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  11. Look inside Airport pls
    Lorna Tan
    lornat28@yahoo.com

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  12. Any book would be a blessing!

    Ee Jia Tan-Goh
    eejia.tan@gmail.com

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  13. We would love Look Inside an Airport! Thx for this giveaway!
    Dorothea chow
    Apancakeprincess@gmail.com

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  14. Either one but prefer look inside car

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  15. Would love "Look inside cars", thanks!

    lyn lee

    lilbluebottle (at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. "Look Inside An Airport"
    Teo Yee Long
    trantrulla@hotmail.com

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  17. Look inside Airport or Cars!

    Janelle Lee
    isjanelle@gmail.com

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  18. Look inside the airport!

    Cynthia Lau
    edenie98@yahoo.com

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  19. My boy is very excited whenever aeroplanes fly past. We would love to have "look inside an airport".

    Thank you!

    Joyce
    casperian05@gmail.com

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  20. We LOVE the Usborne look inside series!
    Been borrowing all the titles we could lay our hands on from the library and
    we have 4 in our collection right now.

    We taught our 3yo about how steam engine works from look inside trains :D

    Any of the books will make my boy happy!

    Thanks for the chance!

    Felicia
    ffellie@yahoo.com

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  21. Look Inside Cars, for my little car-lover!
    What awesome books, and I love the DIY lift-the-flap book too! He's so creative. :)
    Adeline / growingwiththetans@gmail.com

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  22. Look inside an airport!

    chanxgg@gmail.com

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  23. Love to have "Look Inside An Airport"
    Teo Chin Long
    johnteo1978@gmail.com

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  24. Look inside an Airport or a Car for us ! Thanks or hosting the giveaway !

    Serene_seah@hotmail.com

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  25. Would love to win look inside an airport!

    Irene Fock
    puffish03@gmail.com

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  26. Look Inside Cars! This book certainly sounds and looks interesting.
    Wenli
    flowerie123@gmail.com

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  27. I have Look Inside Famous Buildings! It's a fun read. I would like Look Inside Cars!
    Mummybean
    mysmallthings[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. My daughter would be happy with either 1 of the books. Thank you!

    qs
    impixie@gmail.com

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  29. my boy would love this. look inside airport for me :)

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  30. Look inside cars coz this mama can learn something too. Though really, either of these reads look great. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Colortypes
    Colortypesink@gmail.com

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  31. Most keen in outer space actually but airport would be next best choice.

    Cmeilim@gmail.com

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  32. We r heading to Oz for a road trip for 3wks. Wud b awesome if we cud bring the book look inside the car.
    Marcia_267@yahoo.com

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  33. My boys would love the "look inside cars" book!

    Cherie
    cherieladie[at]msn[dot]com

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  34. Look inside airport!

    robert_sim@yahoo.com

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  35. Thanks for sharing with us your personal journey as a homeschooling mum. Am very impressed and amazed by how you manage to do so much and how creative you and your children are.

    My 12yo is doing his PSLE now and I wish I had taken the plunge to homeschool him but then it was even harder with less resources. Wondering if I should take the plunge with my 3yo and 2mo. :)

    Please put us down for any two of the Usborne "Look Inside" series of books. :) Am sure they will devour the books eagerly (my 12yo loves reading to my 3yo) and my 2mo will get to enjoy it once he is older. :D

    Thank you!

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  36. "Look Inside An Airport"
    Joeanne Shim
    joeanneshim@hotmail.com

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  37. Look inside cars
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Waiwai
    mami@peipeihaohao.com

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  38. I would love to win this book "look inside the airport" as my gal still loves flip books especially we have the "Space" "inside your body" books. Would like to add into her small library corner. Thanks

    Fionacll@gmail.com

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  39. Look Inside Cars
    Alan Tan
    alantanchoonchai72@gmail.com

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  40. My boy would love either, but I guess "Look inside cars" book might interest him more.
    karen chen
    heart_ocean03@hotmail.com

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  41. Thanks for the chance to win! We would love to have look inside airport!

    Lynn
    sohlayleng@yahoo.com.sg

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  42. I hope I am in time for the giveaway! We like look inside the airport.
    Email: christy.krs@gmail.com

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  43. My boy loves cars! So definitely Look Inside Cars.
    Jolin
    Babyhappie@hotmail.com

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  44. Chai Ooy Mei
    chai.ooymei@gmail.com

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  45. Look inside an airport
    Karis, hellokaris@yahoo.com.sg

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  46. Ooooh, 'Look inside Cars' sounds very informative! Very appropriate for my vehicle-crazy kids.

    email: nehsarang@yahoo.com

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  47. Look inside cars
    Teo Han Choo
    teohanchoo@gmail.com

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