Do Touch! Don't Touch!


This winning Board book will have children laughing and parents smiling with recognition. This reassuring story offers a fun introduction to safety for curious little ones. Ages 2-4

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This winning Board book will have children laughing and parents smiling with recognition. This reassuring story offers a fun introduction to safety for curious little ones. Ages 2-4

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The familiar parental and caregiver phrase "Don't touch" is the focus of this large format, padded board book. Actually, it contains positive and negative admonitions by noting things that can be touched as well as those that should not be touched. A stove is hot and a child could suffer harm so it is a "Don't touch." Fluffy yarn can be touched, but it doesn't mention that care should be taken around any kind of yarn or string that could be chewed on or accidentally wrapped the wrong way around a body part. I am not convinced that this was the best example of "Do touch." Plugs are indeed dangerous and just saying "Don't touch" may not be adequate. There are other examples for "Don't touch—a vase of flowers, sticky syrup, garbage, and lots of items on the end papers such as matches, scissors and a fan. The illustrations are clear in their message, but the book is of limited value. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
There's a lot for this toddler to explore, and some of it is dangerous. A boy explains about some of the items that are off-limits within his home, telling readers what they can and cannot touch. The child even directs his cat to make appropriate choices. When the cat rifles through the garbage can, the little boy admonishes the feline with a stern command ("The garbage is icky! / Don't touch, kitty!"). Unfortunately, he sometimes uses cutesy language; the electrical outlet is "too sparky." There are a few things that are safe to touch--yarn, kitty--but there's no instruction about the proper way to approach an animal. One alarming spread presents multiple items with shrieking admonitions; the cat's fur bristles in alarm as it regards such varied items as a fan and a pair of scissors. The final scene depicts the youngster reviewing this book's companion title (Uh-Oh! Oh No!), surrounded by his toys. "Do touch. / Have fun!" Quiet pastels, saturated in lemony yellow, keep spreads in a nursery-inspired palette. Uh-Oh! Oh No! stars the same barefoot toddler in an extreme rapid-fire chain of events sparked by a sippy cup dropped from his high chair. Only somewhat successful in its cautionary aim. (Board book. 9 mos.-2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589258679
  • Publisher: ME Media, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 18
  • Sales rank: 1,116,862
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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