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Join Kiwi and his flying egg time-travel machine on an adventure back through the Ice Age, to the age of pirates, the great Gold Rush, to outer space and beyond! And look out for his mates Gumboot Guy, Wacky Wizard, Sporty Sheep, Tricky Tuatara and Mystery Moa along the way. Can you spot Kiwi?
Suitable for young children, but will also be enjoyed by 'big kids' - and yes, we're all one of those!
As a child I used to learn look and find books, I remember at one stage they were all the rage and during my classes weekly library visits there was always a mad rush amongst us all to see who could find the look and find books first so that they could take them home for the week. My daughter has just turned 5 and has been enjoying look and find books for a while now, although the ones we have at home have now been read and read again so much so that she can now find the hidden objects straight away, mind you the ones which we have are aimed at a younger audience and so that items are a bit easier to find.
When I saw Where's Kiwi NOW? up for review I knew this would be a book which Miss 5 would absolutely love, not only was it a look and find book but it also featured a Kiwi, something which she is currently obsessed with as her class has spent the last term learning all about Kiwi's and all things New Zealand. The book has a hard cover which is great as it means it will most likely last a lot longer than that of a paper back book, and as I work in a daycare and was taking this along to share with the preschoolers it is great to know it wont get ruined straight away. The book features 10 different double sided pages, each with a different theme. There is a guide of what you need to look for in the back of the book for that particular page and also a list at the front of the book of characters which are hiding on each of the different pages, such as the Moa, Gumboot Guy and Kiwi.
Miss 5 and I started off by looking for the front characters and were having fun doing so, we managed to find each and everyone of them however we were a bit confused by Kiwi, as unlike the other characters he did not look like his image , which left us constantly questioning whether or not we had found the right thing. Miss 5 had a heap of fun with this book, and we enjoyed noticing and finding our own things on each of the pages and creating our own game. When I took the book to work to share the 4 year olds loved it, they spent hours with their teachers looking for all of the different objects and people. One of the teachers had a great idea which was to photocopy the list of things to find at the back of the book so that they weren't having to constantly flick backwards and forwards, I agreed this was a good idea, and perhaps one thing that the book could possibly look at doing in the future having a list on the corner of each page or a pull out poster-like page as easy reference.
Overall this was a very neat book, in which I loved the Kiwiana concept and all the neat graphics, certainly a book you could spend hours looking at and one which I intend to buy as gifts in the future.
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