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Summary: Rooter and Snuffle are brothers. Like all brothers, they love adventure and discovery. They struggle to listen to Mom and Dad, too. Thankfully, their adventures teach them some good lessons about life. This is an e-Book with three stories about a pair of raccoon brothers.
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child spent lots of time using the mouse to flip back and forth on the pages. S/He was very interested in the illustrations and studied them intently. But s/he didn't like sitting at the computer to read. "This is just like watching TV."
Adult Reader Reaction: We enjoyed the stories. They are well written and perfectly portioned for younger children. We didn't enjoy having to sit at the computer to read them and were disappointed that the CD doesn't have tools to help encourage reading.
Pros: The stories offer themes that kids can relate to: having to care for a sibling; the value and rewards of sharing; and listening to Mom & Dad's rules about safety.
Cons: The CD is visual only. There is no audio. So if your child isn't reading independently, you will need to sit with them to enjoy the stories.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The stories are enjoyable and worthwhile reads. If you prefer sitting to read a book you can hold, it is possible to get a pdf version you can print.
Educational Themes: Kids will be able to see themselves in these stories. There are opportunities to talk about responsibility, feelings, family, family roles, rules (and why they exist), making good choices, faith, and peer pressure, to name a few.