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Book Details:
  • Format: Board Book
  • Publication Date: 5/8/2007
  • Pages: 18
  • Reading Level: Age 1 and Up

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Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow by Christopher Santoro (Board Book)

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Random House Books for Young ReadersOpen the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book)
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to understand (9)
  • Deserves multiple readings (6)
  • Informative (5)
  • Relevant (5)
  • Well written (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Younger readers (7)
    • Gift (4)
    • To keep on hand (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Everyday reader (7), Bookworm (4), First time parent (4)

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    2.0

    TINY!

    By LadyDiBella

    from New York, NY

    About Me First Time Parent

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          Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

          This book is the perfect example of why Diapers.com should include product dimensions for books. I got this and could not believe how small it was. Tiny, tiny, tiny!

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          5.0

          Favorite book so far!

          By Sidsarella

          from Denver, CO

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

          This book is my 11 month old's favorite, he looks at it all the time. It's simple and tiny, but the perfect size for him to drag around and he loves to open the little doors to see who is inside. A hit!

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          5.0

          Great book for baby/toddler!

          By Cade & Dane's Mommy

          from California

          About Me Everyday Reader

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative

          Cons

          • Size is small

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Younger Readers

          Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

          This book was really cute and my 18 month old son really likes it. He is learning his animal names and sounds and I thought this book would help with that. It is really small, I would have preferred it bigger. But it is easy for him to hold and open the flaps. Overall its a cute book.

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          5.0

          Love this book!

          By Reading Mama

          from Livermore, CA

          About Me Everyday Reader

          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative
          • Relevant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Younger Readers

            Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

            At 15 months, this book is a hit. Cute illustrations, fun flaps for my little boy to open, and for once it's a board book longer than 5 or 6 pages! Yes, simple words, but keeps my little one's attention for the whole book, learning the animals, the sounds they make, I wish I could find another by the author with a different set of words and pictures!

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            3.0

            not as exciting as i hoped.

            By Carter's Mom

            from Detroit, MI

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            Pros

            • Easy To Understand
            • Relevant

            Cons

            • Small book not engaging

            Best Uses

              Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

              not as exciting as i hoped. My 2 year old loves books and barns and farm animals, i thought this would be a new favorite. However he never selects it to read and is not interested in listening to this book

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              5.0

              Darling & Sturdy Book

              By Milford Mommy

              from Milford, UT

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Understand
              • Informative
              • Relevant
              • Well Written

              Cons

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                  Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                  I love this book and so does my baby. It is very durable too!

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Little Book for Diaper Bag

                  By Sunny

                  from CA

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                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Informative
                  • Relevant
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel Reading
                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                    Excellent book! It was my daughter's favorite from about 7 months to 14 months. She was able to hold it and open the doors herself at about 9 months. I would definitely recommend it. When reading it, it was fun to make the animal sounds and see my baby respond. Then she got a fun picture to see behind every door.

                    Great book for the diaper bag and for traveling especially.

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                    3.0

                    simple but effective

                    By PJ11

                    from Minneapolis, MN

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Understand

                    Cons

                    • Disappointing

                    Best Uses

                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                    My son will only sit for a handful of books and this is one of them. He is drawn to animals and animals sounds so in that respect this book works for him. However, it seems cheaply made. During our first read through some of the flaps were very difficult to open and ripped. Overall it serves its purpose but it certainly is not a high quality book - not in content or manufacturing.

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                    5.0

                    Love this book!!

                    By Melissa

                    from Illinois

                    About Me Casual Reader

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Understand
                    • Informative
                    • Relevant
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Reference
                      • Travel Reading

                      Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                      This book is very cute, my daughter learned her animals and sounds because of this book and it is a great book to take in the car, dr's etc....I definatley recommend this book I bought it when she was 6 mos old and she still plays with it a year later.

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                      5.0

                      My soon to be 2 year old loves this book

                      By Trisha the Mom

                      from Missouri

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Understand
                      • Great Pictures
                      • Holds Kids Attention
                      • Keeps Parents Interest
                      • Positive Message
                      • Stimulates Imagination
                      • Teaches Good Values
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gift
                        • Younger Readers

                        Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                        My soon to be 2 year old LOVES this book! Especially the flaps.. It keeps her attention :)

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Addition to First Book Collection

                        By owlmommy16

                        from los angeles, ca

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                              Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                              Cute, simple, easy to handle, fun flaps for small fingers to lift and open. We use this one alot, so it has some wear on the flaps, but I wouldn't say flimsy. Yes, the words are simple, but thats why its a first reader for infants--mommies usually expand on the vocabulary right? The inside pages for example are "Who says neigh?" you lift the flap and it reads, "a pony". Mommy or daddy always expands on the text to provide baby with a rich vocabulary. Definitely a favorite for our 15 month old. Bought it when he turned 10 months and he really loves it now. Sturdy, fun, cute!

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                              5.0

                              We love this book!

                              By owlmommy16

                              from los angeles, ca

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                              Pros

                              • Great Pictures
                              • Holds Kids Attention
                              • Stimulates Imagination

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                                  Among our sea of books, this is one of his favorites. He loves to lift the cardboard flaps, is beginning to imitate animal sounds, points to different easy to see objects on the page, and can hold the book himself due to the child friendly size. Bought it when he was 1 and he loves it still at 15 months. Nice simple book.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great book!

                                  By Kate

                                  from Gaithersburg, MD

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Understand
                                  • Great Pictures
                                  • Holds Kids Attention
                                  • Keeps Parents Interest
                                  • Stimulates Imagination

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Gift
                                    • Younger Readers

                                    Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                                    Not sure what it is with this book, but my daughter absolutely LOVES it! It is very cute and grows with the child (first you open the flaps for them and eventually they learn to do it themselves, which makes the book seem "new" again). We've read it so many times, it's literally falling apart, and I've had to tape the binding. Great for airplane rides!

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                                    5.0

                                    Great book

                                    By SE Mom

                                    from Burbank, CA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                                    • Easy To Read
                                    • Engaging characters

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Younger Readers

                                      Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                                      This book is great around 6-12 months. The little flaps can be hard to flip at first but it gets easier. It helps them build memorization skills by having them remember where to open the flap. It also introduces all the animals and their sounds. This was my daughters favorite book for quite a while

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                                      5.0

                                      Great for travelling

                                      By Joanne

                                      from New York

                                      About Me First Time Parent

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                                      Pros

                                      • Acts Quickly
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Effective

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Toddlers
                                        • To Keep On Hand

                                        Comments about Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow (Board Book):

                                        This is a great board book that keeps our very active toddler interested. He loves learning the animal names and sounds, and the lift the flap adds an extra level of interest. It's also strong enough that he hasn't torn any of the flaps off yet. We took this on a recent road trip and managed to keep him occupied for a good 20 minutes when we just didn't have time to stop and let him play.

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