Board books from India to get baby talking!
posted by Shweta Sharan, August 06, 2019
Perfect for language development and also great fun to flip through, Fruits of India and Vegetables of India by Jill Hartley are filled with mesmerizing photographs of fruits and vegetables from India. They also don't have any words or labels, which is why your baby can get talking with them!
We mums love stocking up on baby books with so many words and crowded with pictures but the truth is, babies are easily distracted and the key to building their language is to talk, talk, talk! Conversation and describing the world to them is a superb foundation for them to start getting key language skills when they are older.
A great way to do this is to have a book that has no pictures but only has beautiful images of objects. Now we all know that babies are fascinated by the world around them. They love food from the kitchen, plants, and animals.
A great way to do this is to have a book that has no pictures but only has beautiful images of objects.
Fruits of India and Vegetables of India take this to another level. These gorgeous board books don't have words but they bring in another layer to your child's language development. That layer is culture!
Food from India!
Today, our kids eat broccoli, zucchini, and leeks but they aren't familiar with vegetables and fruits from India, many of which are absolutely yummy. With these board books, you can talk to your baby about many colorful and beautiful looking things from India! From watermelon, lemon and sapota to jackfruit, fig, and papaya, you have so many to describe to your little one! Describe the colors, tell them how you spit out the seeds or eat these fruits. Is their skin very hard or prickly? Tell them!
The board book on vegetables has snake gourd, spinach, cauliflower, tomatoes, pumpkin, banana flower, drumstick and so much more! Talk to them about the drumstick -- it looks long! Just imagine if you try to use it on a drum! These books are perfect for babies to look at, recognize and name!
I have purchased many board books on vegetables and fruits but none of them really did much for my baby. The photos were all too tacky. The designer had simply photoshopped fruits against a boring white background, and sometimes all in one frame!
I think a baby's impetus to talk or say sounds or to even absorb language, comes from how compelling the subject is, and in this case, it is very enticing! All the vegetables and fruits are photographed in close up and with very artistic and soothing background colors. They are not jarring and given that a baby has fleeting attention, these photos manage to hold their attention considerably. Bright, big and beautiful, they are perfect for baby! Even I could not tear my eyes away from them. I love how one fruit or vegetable is cut and you can see inside too, and sometimes it is a totally different color! The book also has a glossary at the end to tell you all the names of the vegetables and fruits you saw so far.
We have exciting news!
This book is part of our Toka Peanut box this month! We combine it with a beautiful activity. Here's what these books will give your baby!
A stunning visual journey
Creativity and free play
The board books come with a handcrafted Early Years play kit that encourages a crucial skill for your baby.