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HAVE YOU HEARD OF?: DOLLY PARTON

Bring iconic figures to life by lifting the flaps and turning the wheel! Play and learn by helping Dolly get ready for a show and discovering the differences people can make in the world.

Flip-flap, turn and play with this brand-new series of interactive novelty books that introduce the life and work of important people in pop culture, history, literature, art, activism, science and more.

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Price £6.99 Available Blackwell’s, Foyles, Amazon and online https://www.hachettechildrens.co.uk/

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF?: DOLLY PARTON Reviews

Product Tested By Stephanie Laity – Cole and Keirah – 3 Years

Stephanie Awarded Have You Heard of Dolly Parton Book 5/5

Very cute and definitely something most kids would be instantly interested in! Cole is obsessed with their little guitar ATM so was instantly pointing out the guitar Dolly is holding and asking me to read it! They did enjoy the story and they loved how interactive it was. They kept pointing out all the little added details too (like the puppy when she’s getting ready and the “paper” sheets of music while she’s song writing etc). They loved that they could mix and match her outfit especially, they both shouted yes! To the question asking if they like music and both answered the favourite outfit question with their favourite dress up costumes (spidey and ghost spidey). After reading this book they said “it’s kind to be kind to other people” and “sharing is caring” while we were reading the page about giving to charity and we discussed how we can make the world a better place. It’s funny because I listen to Dolly’s music a lot but when I read the title, they both said no! I then said I listen to her music and played some and they both were dancing and Cole sings along! We spoke about celebrities making lots of money and that some are super kind and give lots to other people who really need it just for basic things like food/ clothes etc. I also explained they have a lot of influence so if celebrities are kind to people then sometimes people will be to be like their favourite celebrities but said that even when Dolly and her family didn’t have much to give they were kind and giving and fair and that’s how we all should be! Definitely kept them entertained. I think the amount of interactivity and the different types went such a long way! They were pointing out all the extra details and counting her siblings and naming the animals etc. The illustration definitely sucked them in! This was read when they asked and they’ve asked at least every other night since we got it, so far!! They liked the music theme and the interactivity of it! I loved the opportunities it creates for us to discuss things like being from a “poorer” background and still finding the way to make yourself happy and successful to build a life you enjoy, also about being in a loving family and finding joy in little things and not “needing” a bunch of stuff to get by, about being kind and giving, about the importance of following your heart and following your dreams! I think the age suitability is ideal. I think that is a good range as it’s bright and colourful, is interactive, gives opportunities for counting, gives opportunities for important life discussion without being too heavy and making the children uninterested! After reading this book I would buy more from the Flip-Flap series especially if it was a celebrity who is also quite focussed on being genuine, being body positive, being kind to others, understanding equality etc! This is great quality. Very good value. I would buy this book and would also be happy to buy more as gifts or for my toddlers class! I would recommend because I think they would love it for all the same reasons I do. I think it’s important for so many parents now to have these conversations from early on and this is the perfect way to spark the interest of helping others if we can and making the best of our circumstances too. I’m actually very impressed- it’s so different to what I was expecting and has definitely surprised me in a good way. The multiple interactivities I think works very well in the sense of making it a bit of a sensory activity and more of a holistic learning experience! I just really love it for all the reasons above. The children really engage well and love it too! It sparks good conversations with the children and really makes them think about things too. Stephanie Laity – Cole and Keirah – 3 Years

Product Tested By Jenna Massingham – Alice and Henry – 4 Years and 10 Months

Jenna Awarded The Have You Heard of Dolly Parton Book 4.4/5

I haven’t seen this series of books before, but it looks really interesting and fun for children. After receiving this book I had left it on the kitchen worktop and it was immediately noticed once my little one came home from pre-school. She started flicking through the pictures and lifting the flaps. She was really engaged seeing images of the “cowgirl” and then asked for me to read it to her. I read this book with both my children, who are 4 years old and 10 months old, but primarily it was the older child who engaged with the book the most. She enjoyed the colourful pictures and interactive features such as the flaps and spinning wheels. My daughter enjoyed helping Dolly get ready for the show. There was something on every page for her to engage with, rather than just passively listen. The simple text explained how Dolly uses her success to help others, which prompted some discussions about how our behaviour can impact others and what that might look like at her current age and as she grows. My little girl had never heard of Dolly Parton before, but after reading this book we listened to some of songs and watched some video clips of her. My little girl did find this book entertaining, particularly for the first few reads, although as the weeks went on she returned to selecting her favourite story books to read. My baby boy enjoyed turning the pages and lifting the flaps. It’s always a nice experience to share books together, even though the littlest one can’t talk about it with me. The illustrations in the book were colourful and fun. My daughter loved the transformation of Dolly being a cowgirl and then dressed up ready to perform. We read this book at least once a week, but more often in the first couple of weeks. It was the interactive features that appealed to both of my children the most. I liked that the subject of this book can be more interesting for adults too (rather than ANOTHER princess story). I also viewed it as an excellent example of a strong female who made their own success, something that’s important for little girls and boys to see. I think that the book is very suitable for the target ages of birth – 5 years. All ages would enjoy the illustrations, simple text and engaging features, with pre-schoolers perhaps getting the most out of the discussions. Now that I’ve read this book I would be interested in sharing others in the series with my children, particularly if they tie in with world events or important days. They would help introduce different figures and concepts at an age appropriate level. It is a good quality, educational book. Everything it includes is done well. I was slightly disappointed not to find a sound button which played an extract of her music, although my daughter didn’t expect it and I realise this would probably add significantly to production costs. I saw an RRP of £6.99 on the back cover which seems reasonable for a well-made hardcover book. I would buy this book and potentially others in the series too. I would happily recommend these books to friends and family, or Early Years teachers in pre-schools and nurseries as an enjoyable and educational read. The series would introduce lots of important figures in a simple and fun way. They would be nice to have as part of a home or educational setting library and I’m sure children would enjoy reading them occasionally as mine have. A fun book that had me singing Jolene after every read! Jenna Massingham – Alice and Henry – 4 Years and 10 Months

Product Tested By Emily Warrington – Daughter 4 Years

Emily Awarded The Have You Heard of Dolly Parton Book 4.3/5

When this arrived it looked joyful and colourful. My daughter wanted to read it as soon as she saw it, I saved it as a holiday gift and she walked around with it for 4 days not letting it go. She did enjoy the story and it explains a long complex history of Dolly’ s life really simply. My daughter loves dressing Dolly ready to sing on the big stage. She knows that I always tell her she can do anything (just not everything) and Dolly’s story really helped to enhance this perspective for her. This book got us talking about trying your best in life and always being kind to others. It has kept my daughter entertained and it still is. The illustrations are good but there is a printing issue in the section with the wheel explaining all of the decades Dolly has been working, it jumps from 1970’s to 1990’s then the 1980’s come between 2000’s and 1960’s. it’s a bit confusing. This was read 4 or 5 times a day initially, but still reads it and dresses Dolly up at least once a day. My daughter loved the bright colours and the pretty lady. As a fan of Dolly Parton it made me incredibly happy to be able to use it to introduce my daughter to her music. I would say this book would be more suited to 2-7 years as newborns tend to just tear flaps off of books. I have bought the William Shakespeare and Ru Paul versions of the book and will purchase the Rosa Parks one as well. I want the whole series and my daughter used to be mesmerised by Drag Race as a newborn. Good quality book. Very good value. I would buy this book. I would recommend as it is fun colourful and really informative in a very simple way. Not full marks only because of the printing snaffoo. Overall we both enjoyed and had fun reading this book. Emily Warrington – Daughter 4 Years

I’m actually very impressed- it’s so different to what I was expecting and has definitely surprised me in a good way. The multiple interactivities I think works very well in the sense of making it a bit of a sensory activity and more of a holistic learning experience! I just really love it for all the reasons above. The children really engage well and love it too! It sparks good conversations with the children and really makes them think about things too.

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Stephanie Awarded Have You Heard of Dolly Parton Book 5/5

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