BLOG: NINA REVIEWS SLEEPY KIWI
There is no doubt that reading to babies provides precious bonding time, improves development of literacy, language skills and understanding of emotions – but how important IMAGERY is to babies is less widely known.
Prior to Nina's birth and keen to assist her development through all five senses, I sought out information regarding visual stimulation in the early months and discovering that even though it isn’t long before babies can focus on and recognise different shapes, letters and colours - as their vision is developing, strong contrasts between light and dark is really all they can see.
Research proves that black and white contrasts register most powerfully on baby’s retina and send the strongest visual signals to their brain. But I found the monochrome offerings in the bookstore sadly lacking, and something New Zealand themed? Forget about it. Thankfully I discovered Little + Sleepy, which offer Sleepy Kiwi/Sleepy Koala board books with chunky black and white images that mesmerize babies right from birth.
The books are the brainchild of Anneliese Ford of Tikitibu, who commissions New Zealand artists to create stylish products; and Kat Merewether, the award winning author and illustrator of the bestselling Kuwi the Kiwi series. With that kind of pedigree, it had to be worth investigating.
The best way to describe Nina’s reaction to Sleepy Kiwi is - spellbound. Having shown no interest in fixing her stare on anything for longer than a second, she spends full minutes staring at each page and has done since 4 weeks old.
At 7 months now she enjoys books with pop ups, differing textures and vibrant colours, but Sleepy Kiwi keeps her engrossed more than any other in our library; although these days she likes to turn the pages herself, nibble on the corners and ‘read’ the story to me.
Nina rates: 5 out of 5 stars