Thursday, October 8, 2009

Book Review: Mommy, Draw Stars on My Tummy by Martine Groeneveld

Good morning book fans, Zebee here. our book today is for the younger children in the audience. This was a book that Bindi and Elvira really liked because of their toddlers. So, let’s see what my boss Joy has to say about “Mommy, Draw Stars on My Tummy.”

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Nurturing our children when they are infants, toddlers and beyond is a vital part of parenting. This book is a tool for parents to use at home to instill love and affection through use of touch-play, rhymes, games, songs and stories.

“Positive touch plays a major role in my family. Besides daily hugs and kisses, many activities
are easily combined with loving and playful touch. We enjoy touch-play activities in the car, in line at the grocery store and before bedtime. They can be done anywhere and anytime.”

The layout is wonderful. In each section you are given guidance on how to use touch-play and tips to involve your child in the process. For example:
Martine starts the book with an introduction to touch-play and how to use it with your child, She continues with notes for parents about types of oils to use, pressure and stroking, clothing and timing. At the end of the book she goes into the benefits of touch and research that’s been done on brain development and how it helps reduce aggression. She also gives you a list of resources and books that can further your knowledge.

Reading through this book brought back memories of when my children were very young. I was involved in a “mommy and me” that used these same types of touch-play in a group setting. When we’d go home, we’d continue the experience and make up new songs and rhymes. This would be a great gift for anyone that’s going to have a child.
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You know, when she read it to all the animals at the V Zoo we all wished our moms had a book like this when we were young. Joy told us she’s keeping it in our library and that if any of us want to use it we can. Elvira checked it out right away. Little Elvin is the perfect age for a book like this. It should be interesting to see a momma king vulture using touch-play with her chick. I bet stroking with her wing feathers will tickle.

Bye for now. I’ll be back Sunday with more zoo news.
posted by Zebee aka Joy Delgado
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Brenda Nixon said...

As an author and a mom, I read Martine's delightful and creative book of massage. She's well-qualified to pen this tome. I recommend it and have tweeted about it. Best wishes to Martine!

Joy said...

Thank you Brenda for stopping by. I agree and since my children are grown, I will use it with grandchildren when they come.