Reading to toddlers can be challenging. As much as Daniel loves to read, I like to think he gets this from mimicking his reader parents. Often him asking us to read his favourite books, include him starting us on his favourite pages and showing us all the interesting pictures on the page. In-between which sometimes before we can finish reading the page he’s ready to move on. Last week we received some lovely additions to our growing library, which included First Stories: Pinocchio.

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First Stories: Pinocchio

The classic story of a old carpenter who longed so much for a child, that he created one out of wood has a new toddler-friendly take on it in First Stories: Pinocchio. This colourful beautifully illustrated rendition of the timeless tale has been brought to life with a push, pull and slide on each page. Causing ooh’s and aaah’s all round.

The pages are sturdy, thick and strong. The push, pull and slide additions are also perfect for little fingers. Although the story isn’t exactly the timeless classic we know, it serves as a fun introduction. Pinocchio goes on a few adventures, gets into his usual trouble and of course his nose grows when he lies (with a cute push and pull slide). With only 5 pages, around two lines per double page – reading the story to your toddler is simple and easy.

Each page is filled with bright, colourful illustrations, done by Miriam Bos to captivate their attention. It also allows you to add interaction, voices and a search for familiar things on each page. There is also an adorable mischievous little grey cat hiding on each page for you and your toddler to find!

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Why we love Pinocchio?

Daniel loves making Pinocchio dance, seeing his nose grow and being included in his adventures. His face is absolutely priceless every time he sees it pop t or move! Quickly becoming a favourite, the titles in the First Stories range include: Sleeping Beauty, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rapunzel, The Jungle Book, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan.

Retailing at around R119 per book you can find these adorable books at leading retail stores and online at Loot. There is also a gorgeous First Stories Collection including 5 Board Books currently for sale on Takealot for R475 here.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to us by Pan Macmillan but as always all opinions and views are my own.

In the Meantime – What is your favourite classic story like Pinocchio, that you want to relive with your toddler?

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