Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mouse's Corner: Cloth Books

My mother asked early on in Mouse's life if I thought she would like a few cloth books.  My mother likes to sew and found patterns at her local fabric store for books for young children.  Of course, I said yes.  Books that are easy to wash and that you can't rip?  Perfect!  

Mouse has loved those books, whether it's to use them as pillows or flip through the pages.  Two of her current favorites include The Three Little Pigs and The Rainbow Zebra.  Both of the books are colorful and playful in their illustrations and fit with the story perfectly.


The Three Little Pigs is a familiar story: three pigs build houses, each one out of different materials.  A hungry wolf threatens to blow each house down unless the resident pig lets him in.   Knowing they'll likely get eaten if they do, they refuse.  It's a story children love, and many adults too.  Mouse really likes to retell this story, changing it up as she goes. 


I especially like how the illustrator captured the wolf peeking in the window.  


When Mouse took The Rainbow Zebra to school for show and tell, I received nothing but praise about the book.  The story is not only one that appeals to children, one full of various types of animals, but it is also a book about trying to fit in and valuing the differences of others, including oneself.  I confess it's one of my favorites too.


What do you think of cloth books?  Have you ever had one?  Did/Do you have a favorite?



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20 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever seen a cloth book but I think they're a great idea!

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    1. Kathy - They really are! These you can just throw in the wash if they get dirty. :-)

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  2. I think they are great--perfect for the toddler because the pages don't tear!

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    1. Jenclair - Yes, exactly! They can take a good toddler beating, that's for sure.

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  3. Oh my god - I think those books look gorgeous! I don't think I've heard or seen of a cloth book before, but I LOVE them!

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    1. Athira - Aren't they though? I really like them too.

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  4. I love cloth books! I remember the first cloth book I bought for my eldest is on numbers, and she loved saying out the numbers out loud as she flipped open those little "pockets" that shown the no. of items. Now it's my youngest who loves them. :)

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    1. Melody - My daughter has a numbers and alphabet cloth books my mom made for her also, and she loves them as well. :-) It sounds like your family is getting good use out of the ones you have!

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  5. Cloth books are hard to find -- this one is lovely.

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    1. Diane - Are they? I can't say I'm completely surprised. I guess it's good my mother doesn't mind sewing a few together for Mouse. :-)

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  6. These are wonderful and will be such a nice keepsake for your daughter to treasure.

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    1. Kathleen - I think so too. They are extra special since Grandma made them for her. :-)

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  7. I've never had a cloth book but wow your mom is sure talented to put one together. They look beautiful and what an amazing keepsake for Mouse!

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    1. Darlene - She says it is easy, but I agree, I think she's pretty talented! :-)

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  8. Those cloth books are so special! Very nice!

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    1. Naida - I wish I was better at sewing. The things I could make!

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  9. I love them! I'm not sure I've ever come across any - at least since the Tornado got here or if I did they were so expensive I didn't up buying them. He would absolutely have loved them though. What a great thing for Mouse to have!

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    1. Katherine - I haven't really shopped around for them, and so am not sure how much they run for. I guess it's good my mother was able to make Mouse's.

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  10. Gage received a few cloth books but he never really took to them. But they weren't as cool as Mouse's. Way to go Grandma!

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    1. Stacy - Mouse wasn't too excited about them when she first got them, but her interest grew the more she was exposed to them and the the more the stories became familiar to her.

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