A few weeks ago I went to a baby shower where the new mom was gifted with a couple Indestructables. Well, me being the kind of woman I am, I was immediately intrigued by its claims to withstand baby trauma and wanted to sink my teeth into the pages. For the sake of propriety, I refrained, but I did discreetly tug and pull on the pages as I examined this breakthrough in children’s books. They’ve apparently been around a few years now but this was rocket science to me.
See, board books are the standby classic for babies. And most babies do fine with board books. My children, however, manage to soak or rip the cardboard eventually, and while they’ll last longer than our paper books, the board books are indeed mortal. Plus, this genre is very often older children’s books, reprinted on cardboard and then marketed to babies. (Don’t get me wrong, I love board books… for about 18 months up to 4) But indestructables are specifically made for BABIES.
Indestructables promises the fountain of youth in picture book world. They can be eaten and bent and disheveled in every which way, only to come out just as loved and bright as before. They even promise to be machine washable! Wowzas!
I personally wasn’t in love with the way the books felt… they are paper thin (made of a strange, vinyl-esque material) and would fit nicely into a purse (folded up!!!) or diaper bag, but I can absolutely appreciate what they offer… a pre-literacy inclusion for our youngest of bibliozealots. The books are wordless, designed to just stimulate baby’s mind with the way a book “works” without ruining said book.
Mama and Baby! and Plip-Plop, Pond! were the two books I examined closely. I was quite impressed and think these would make excellent baby shower gifts… who doesn’t love the irony of a baby product that is baby proof?!