I am a big fan of lift the flap and turn the page sort of books for tiny people. Perhaps unfortunately for the longevity of the books, so are the girls. More than one of our books has had to have a little adhesive surgery after too enthusiastic an approach from Kitty or Elma. It makes sense really, what would be a more natural hand hold than this nice little flappy piece of card sticking up from the page – well until you’re left holding the flap and the book has landed heavily somewhere in the vicinity of your small and hopefully unsquished toes.

So this week, let me introduce you to the most robust of our interactive books; and it’s cute as a button to boot.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter

It was a present from my in-laws to Kitty. My mother in law loves all thing Beatrix Potter, and as the proper books were just a smidge beyond Kitty’s concentration levels at the time, she found this little treasure, to introduce the characters and enjoy the gorgeous illustrations without the tiny girl crawling off in the middle of the Tailor of Gloucester.

Each spread has Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle Duck, Mr Jeremy Fisher and friends hidden away with only a tuft of fur, or a snippet of soft clothes peeking through, to be revealed in all their touchy feely glory when the inner page is lifted.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter

It’s now on Elma’s shelf and she loves it; she knows where to look for the tactile bits, and throws open the pages with vigor. And they’re holding up nicely!

It means that she can sit and turn the pages herself if she wants; I don’t have to be there holding the book, holding it away and removing a rather confused tiny grasp. And after all, isn’t that rather the point of a lift the flap and touch the fluff book, that they do get to do all of the holding and page turning, to add that sensory experience to the visual and audio.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter

I want Elma to actually discover the world around her, not merely hear about it, and I hope all the fun she has now with Peter will linger when we get to the real stories later on.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life blog - Peekaboo Peter

Maggie Stone

Do go and say hi to Lucy and Kelle and see what they’ve been reading, and if you’ve seen something you think we all ought to be reading, please let us know!

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2 Responses to Peekaboo Peter {what we’re reading}

  1. We have this one and it is one of our favourites too. Mads adores Peter Rabbit, and I love Beatrix Potter, I want to get her one of the really lovely box sets when she is older. x

    • Carie Carie says:

      Kitty was given a big book of the complete works as a christening present but it’s a bit too big to read regularly at the moment, I can’t wait until I’ve got both of them tucked up to listen when they’re a bit bigger – Mrs Tittlemouse and Peter Rabbit were firm childhood friends of mine!