Brightly colored board book pages and inviting lines, dots and squiggles make “TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles,” an interactive crowd pleaser for the playroom set. The book is the newest chosen as a Baby Buzz Pick.
Each month The Missourian suggests a quality hardcover book for children birth to age 5. A review of the book appears in the second weekend issue of The Missourian.
The following review was written by Chris Stuckenschneider, Missourian Book Editor, with input from Maria Brady-Smith, retired parent-teacher educator, and psychological examiner with the Washington School District.
Adults won’t be able to resist joining in the fun when reading “Wiggles” to their little ones. This book by Claire Zucchelli-Romer is hard to resist as it beckons children to trace paths, tap on dots, and slide their pointer finger down lines.
Instructions for how children are supposed to interact with the book are included on each page. One spread that’s especially entertaining shows indented wavy lines, green on the left page and pink on the right. “Whoosh! Swoosh! Ride the waves. Left on green; right on pink. Up and down and up and down!”
The next spread features indented dots in pink and yellow, pretend raindrops children can touch with an accompanying “Pitter, Patter” concluding with a creative, “Oops, I’m all wet.”
“Wiggles” offers abundant opportunities for tactile experiences, Brady-Smith said.
“This book will help young children to isolate their index finger and also to coordinate left and right hand/finger movement. Lots of good action words like tap, hop, slide, and descriptors like faster, softer, etc. are excellent for fine motor and language development, as well as interactive fun. Occupational therapists would love this book,” she said.
“Wiggles” can be purchased at Neighborhood Reads in Downtown Washington.