Teletubbies are one of those things that I remember from my own childhood. We would sit and watch it in the mornings, blinking back sleep and slurping cups of sugared tea. Truth be told it was a bit young for me but having a little sister meant that I could afford to be a bit young for my age some times and whilst I didn’t necessarily benefit from the educational aspects of watching Teletubbies because I was already past that stage of development, I did enjoy the simplistic themes and bright colours that are characteristic to the program.
My own children tend not to watch television really – or at least, they’re exposed to a decent amount of Grey’s Anatomy but very little children’s television – but we recently accepted some of the teletubbies books to read and review.
Our bundle consisted of:
As with the television series the books are vibrant and engaging, with short sentences and a fast-paced plot that is easy for toddlers to understand and even to replicate at home – for example: The Teletubbies find a magical watering can, they water the flowers and the flowers grow. The boys enjoyed looking through the books and pointing out the items that they knew, they were able to easily identify the ball and the sun and the sky and the ‘Dayyy-dees!’ (we have a bit of a thing for daisies in this household at the moment).
In terms of language, the Teletubbies’ vocabulary is probably about where the boys’ is now, with them learning to put together words into short two to three-word sentences. It was great to have some characters to model this with – “Po waters flowers!” – and to hear them try to imitate. We don’t do baby-talk or made-up language so we did have to substitute some words occasionally, swapping out ‘eh-oh!’ for ‘hello!’ for example, but this wasn’t hard to do and didn’t disrupt the flow of the story. My personal preference would have been for the Teletubbies to speak in a grammatically correct manner, ‘Where is Lala’s ball’ rather than ‘Where Lala ball’ but again, ‘our’ Lala just adapted the sentences a little to bring them in line with our values.
I’m probably not the only person with toddlers who prefer eating books to reading them generally, but these are quite sturdy hardback books with cardboard pages that don’t rip easily, meaning that they have now weathered quite a few close encounters with little ones and some were even unsupervised. I think that they would make a great staple in a personal library, either as stand-alone books (mine certainly enjoyed them without ever having seen the television series) or to accompany the new series which was released on CBeebies last November.
I have been given one Teletubbies Book Bundle to give away. To be in with a chance to win please fill out the Rafflecopter entries below.