Item description for DK Games: My First Picture Dominoes by Dorling Kindersley Publishing...
With full-color photos and bold graphics these specially created games keep children coming back for more.
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Studio: DK Preschool
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.96" Width: 7.87" Height: 1.23" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date May 17, 2000
Publisher DK Preschool
ISBN 0789454688 ISBN13 9780789454683
Availability 0 units.
More About Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Dorling Kindersley (DK) is a British multinational publishing company specializing in illustrated reference books for adults and children in 51 languages. It is part of Penguin Random House, a consumer publishing company jointly owned by Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Pearson PLC. Bertelsmann owns 53% of the company and Pearson owns 47%.
Established in 1974, DK publishes a range of titles in genres including travel (including Eyewitness Travel Guides), arts and crafts, business, history, cooking, gaming, gardening, health and fitness, natural history, parenting, science and reference. They also publish books for children, toddlers and babies, covering such topics as history, the human body, animals and activities, as well as licensed properties such as LEGO, Disney and DeLiSo, licensor of the toy Sophie La Girafe. DK has offices in New York, London, Munich, New Delhi, Toronto and Melbourne.
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Disappointed Apr 8, 2009
First, obviously this is a game and not a book. That's not what disappointed me, but I want to be clear from the start that it's been miscatagorized :)
This is a very simple preschool set of dominoes. I have a number of problems with this set, which I'll list.
1. Instead of being made out of solid wood or plastic, these are made out of heavy cardstock. One advantage of playing dominoes with young children instead of cardgames is that it's easier for them to hide what they have, but this advantage is eliminated if they have to hold the dominoes in their hand. Furthermore, these dominoes are less sturdy than normal sets, which is just bad.
2. This is not a set of double sixes as I assumed. It's more like a set of double fours or something. This makes the game very simple for beginning players, I guess, but even a four year old can play dominoes with a regular set of double sixes (although it's easier if you don't use dotted dominoes but a themed set). They don't really need the game dumbed down for them!
3. The box said that it came with a set of instructions and a guide for parents and teachers. That's *why* I got this set, to donate it to my niece's school for use in the pre-k. But it didn't! As it happens, I actually know how to play a few games with dominoes, so it's no great loss, but what if I didn't know? What if I thought the only thing to do with dominoes is make them all fall down in fancy patterns? I'd be totally lost. (Well, until I remembered about Google, but that's *really* not the point. If the box says it includes something, it should include it!)
4. The dominoes are greatly oversized. This might make them easier for little hands, but they mean you have to have much more space to play even a simple game. I'm still not sure if their size is a plus or minus.
I'm giving it two stars instead of one because, in fairness, if I'd read the box more closely I would have realized that there were fewer dominoes than in a standard set of double sixes. However, that information is not, as near as I can tell, available on this site at this time.