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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: Five fables comprise this set of E-Books on DVD. With each story, children will enjoy a magical journey with characters and lessons they will enjoy. This is an e-This is a set of books on DVD. Also available as single-story downloads.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 9
Age of Child: Started reading with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: It took us a while to share this one. We limit computer time, so we needed several sessions to get through it. S/He loved the stories, though.
Adult Reader Reaction: The stories are wonderful. You'll want them for your portable DVD (or iPod). We like the fact that this is more like reading an animated book than watching a movie. They remind us of watching the stories on Between the Lions.
Pros: The stories are short, with stop-lens images, making the illustrations closer to reading a book than watching a movie. The text is highlighted (word-by-word) on every page. The fact that you can pick from several foreign languages makes it very versatile and suitable for all age groups.
Cons: None, really. Except that you are tied to the computer to enjoy it.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! You and your children will get so much pleasure -- and use -- from this collection of stories.
Educational Themes: There are lessons of friendship, exploration, feelings, and discovery. The presentation style offers children an opportunity to learn to read; and the fact that you can choose your language makes it easy to introduce a second (or third) language.
Notes: This is a Moms Choice Award Nominee for 2006.
Literary Categories: Fiction - cultures and tradition, fables and folklore, bilingual, Spanish, French, German, Chinese