Monday, March 21, 2011
TOS Review: Brill Kids Storybooks Aesop's Fables Volume I
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to use and review the Brill Kids Little Reader Learning System (you can find my review on it here.) We love the Little Reader Learning System and still use it every day so I was thrilled to be selected to review another one of their products Aesop's Fables Volume 1.
Aesop's Fables Volume 1 is intended for children ages 3 months and up and includes 5 full color storybooks: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, The Fox and the Grapes, The Turtle and the Rabbit, and the Fox and the Crow. These much loved favorite stories have been placed in a book designed not just to be read to your child, but to teach them how to read. Three special features help to make this possible: text and illustrations are on separate pages, extra spacing between words help to make it easier to see words individually, and a blank flap extension is in the book so you can cover the illustrations and have your child focus on the text first.
In addition to receiving the storybooks, you also get each book in a digital format for your Little Reader Program for free! When you purchase the books they come with a special code that you put in on the Brill Kids website that enables you to import the books into your Little Reader Program with multimedia effects and voice narration in three different voices. The introductory cost of Aesop's Fables Volume 1 is $37.50 (regular price $50)and can be purchased by clicking here.
We love these books! Christian especially likes The Boy Who Cried Wolf when even the sheep is frowning at the boy when he lied. Lily loves the Lion and the Mouse when the mouse cries and says, "Don't hurt me don't hurt me oh no!" They have beautiful, colorful illustrations that look very life like and short sentences making keeping the younger children's attention and focus easier. The children (5,3,2) like the flap that "hides" the pictures while I am reading the words. It makes it seem like a fun game to them. They also love the digital version of the books that we can play through our Little Reader Program. Again, the illustrations are very colorful and are also animated. The animalseven have interesting facial expressions. The text is read twice for the children. On the first screen just the words are showing in two differing colors that changes for each syllable. On the second screen the illustration is showing and you hear them reread the text. It was very easy to download the digital version to my computer and import to my Little Reader Program. One issue I have had with it is that the audio skips in a few places on the digital version.
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I received a complimentary copy of Aesop's Fables Volume I for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.