Follow the Trail Minibeasts - Story Snug

Follow the Trail by Dawn Siritt & Charlotte Milner

These brightly coloured Follow the Trail books provide fantastic and fun learning for the littlest people and it’s hard to resist running your fingers along the colourful, glittery trails.

The Follow the Trail books are sturdy hardbacks that introduce children to different creatures. On the first page of each book children are encouraged to chase the creatures by running their fingers along the glittery trails. There are different shaped trails to explore including zigzags and loops, shapes are also introduced. The following pages focus on a particular creature with an informative heading given in bold writing. Snippets of information are interspersed between bold close up photographs and the glittery trail and we love the way that the original trails from the first page are repeated throughout the book. Each page has a circular cut out which you can peek through to see which creature will be featured on the following page. The final spread of each book shows all four creatures featured with a puzzle trail for children to follow.

Follow the Trail Baby Dinosaurs - Story Snug

Follow the Trail Baby Dinosaurs: Four baby dinosaurs are introduced in this book ( Diplodocus, Allosaurus, Tuojiangosaurus (which we had never heard of!) and Styracosaurus). We meet each dinosaur and a parent, learn about whether they were carnivorous or herbivorous, discover how big they were and are introduced to any special features. The final puzzle page asks a question about each dinosaur and the reader can follow the trail to find the right answer.

Follow the Trail MinibeastsFour different insects are introduced in this book ( Butterfly, Honeybee, Ladybird and Dragonfly). There are wonderful, colourful, close up photographs of each creature and we learn about what they eat, physical characteristics and specific such as how bees make honey and the fact that dragonflies lay eggs. The final puzzle page focuses on habitats and where each insect likes to spend time, the reader can follow the trail to find the right answer.

Follow the Trail Minibeasts - Story Snug

These books would make a fantastic addition to a nursery or Early Years classroom and can be used to introduce new creatures to young children. With their sturdy covers they will withstand repeated reading by older babies and toddlers and the lovely glittery trails will help children develop their fine motor skills.

Author: Dawn Sirett / Illustrator: Charlotte Milner

Thank you to Dorling Kindersley for sending us copies of these beautiful books. There are four other Follow the Trail books in the series – Wild Animals, Baby Animals, Trucks and Farm.

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32 responses to “Follow the Trail by Dawn Siritt & Charlotte Milner”

  1. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    These look lovely books for little ones and such a fun way to introduce different creatures too 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining in with #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re gorgeous, so colourful and full of learning 🙂

  2. Colette avatar

    What lovely books.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Colette 🙂

  3. Kate Fever avatar

    Oh these look lovely – they are definitely going on our wish list! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      They are fabulous. I hope you enjoy them too 🙂

  4. Anne avatar

    My kids loved books like these when they were younger.

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re so bright, colourful and inviting, a great way to encourage children to pick them up and read them 🙂

  5. suzie avatar

    These look lovely. DK books are always good quality and value.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Dorling Kindersley create wonderful books 🙂

  6. Helena avatar

    These books look great and I can see the one on mini beasts being very helpful alongside our hobby geocaching. #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      The one on mini beasts is a lovely introduction to insects and can lead children to look for other kinds of insects while they are out and about 🙂

  7. Baby Isabella avatar

    What a great idea! We’d love to trace our fingers along the trails! #triedtested x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really interactive reading experience 🙂

  8. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    These look great. And you’re more knowledgeable on your dinosaurs than me, as I’ve only heard of the diplodocus #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Happy we’ve helped you to learn some new dinosaur words 🙂

  9. Kim Carberry avatar

    Ahh! These look perfect for little ones. They sound like a lot of fun. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      They are but they’re a lot of fun for big ones like me too 🙂

  10. Acorn Books avatar

    We love these too 🙂 the trails are great, such a lovely tactile element #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      The trails are wonderful for helping little ones to improve their fine motor skills 🙂

  11. BookBairn avatar

    I love these and so does BookBairn! She likes to have the insect one and makes me do the Dinosaur one beside her. It’s great because I can model what to do for her and she has lots of fun reading with mummy! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      How lovely to sit together and share the experience (I love running my fingers around the trails too 🙂 )

  12. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    It’s nearly my nephew’s 2nd birthday and he loves dinosaurs, so the dinosaur book looks perfect for him!

    1. Catherine avatar

      Two is the perfect age for these books 🙂

  13. Sarah - let them be small avatar

    my kids would love these, especially the dino one x

    1. Catherine avatar

      The dinosaur pictures are brilliant and we love that the parent is also close by 🙂

  14. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    Love the look of these, so vibrant and inviting! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      The colours are really vibrant but the page layouts are also relatively simple – perfect for this age range 🙂

  15. Debbie Roberts avatar

    Hi Catherine, these books sound like fun and the covers look nice and bright. I have never heard of a Tuojiangosaurus either, everyone is learning!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Isn’t it great when you learn something new from a toddler book?!

  16. Robbie Cheadle avatar
    Robbie Cheadle

    These books look really great for small children.

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re beautifully designed but I love running my finger along the trails too 🙂