So the digital age is upon us. One of the best item I have in my purse right now is my I Phone. Why? Well my kids are amused by it in restaurant it has books on it and coloring.
Madame Deals was asked to review these wonderful children’s books. We have received a small fee for the review however that has not skewed our opinion. I asked Karla to review these books. She reads more books to children then anyone I know.
The music in this book is nice. The color and graphics in this book are beautifully done. The colors are clear and the graphics move nicely throughout the entire book. I enjoyed the interactive aspects of this book. The crickets/bugs chirping was a lot of fun. I believe small children would enjoy the interaction a lot. The reader speaks clearly, slowly and changed her tone when speaking as various characters. This story is similar to Cinderella, which I believe small children, especially little girls will enjoy. As a preschool teacher, I believe that small children (ages 3-5) would enjoy this book. I think that the read along feature would allow older children the opportunity to read to smaller siblings or practice their reading skills. This is a fun book, one that I would recommend for parents to purchase.
The Three Little Pigs:
The graphics in this book are beautiful. They are very colorful, expressive and clear. The voice on the “reader” of the story is a bit boring. She does not use any expressions. Her voice and tone are very monotone….no real emotion. She speaks clearly and slowly which is easy for small children to follow both aloud and following along in the written word. I think it would be more appealing if the pages/graphics were more interactive. There is some interaction, but not enough to keep the interest of older (pre-K and up) children. Some of the graphics do not make much sense as to their purpose. Some are moving flowers from side to side. I shared this book with a small group of three year olds and they enjoyed it. Overall I believe this is a good book for small children to enjoy either as a “read to me” book or perhaps one where older children could read to younger children. The “read to me” feature is especially helpful to parents with small children while traveling. It’s very easy to turn the pages forward or backward which is helpful for small hands to manipulate.
The Frog King:
The music in this book is very “happy” music. The graphics in this book are beautiful. They are very colorful, expressive and clear. The voice on the “reader” of the story is a bit boring. She does not uses any expressions. Her voice and tone are very monotone…no real emotion. She speaks clearly and slowly which is easy for small children to follow. The interactive parts to this book could be a bit more easy to find. I caught myself tapping the entire page to find the interactive aspects of the book until I realized that the interactive parts of each page “twinkled”. It might be easier to figure out if there were some instructions at the beginning of each book. The king in this story reminds me of the Burger King restaurant king, which I found a bit odd. The “read to me” feature is a plus, especially when using the i-books in the car. Turning the pages either forward or backward is easy which is helpful for small hands to manipulate.
Little Red Riding Hood:
I like the music at the beginning of this book as well. The graphics in this book are beautifully done. The clarity on Little Red Riding Hood’s face, wolf, and other animals are well done. The voice of the “reader” is once again, a bit monotone. The voice of the wolf is a bit scary for smaller children. The interactive parts of this book were a bit better than the previous two. I liked how the wolf opened the door when he entered the grandmother’s house. Since this is a children’s book, but sound affects around the hunter could be changed or eliminated. It is my opinion that gun shots are not appropriate for a children’s book. I liked the owl rocking in the tree, especially his expressive eyes. I don’t think I would suggest this book for purchase for small children.
The music in this book is a bit slow paced. The graphics in this book are beautifully done. The colors in each page are clear, bright and appropriately colorful. The interactive aspects of this book are good. Clicking on the wagon wheel sent the wagon away, which was unexpected but fun. The reader in this book is not very expressive, quite monotone. The reader speaks clearly and slowly which is appropriate for young children to follow. The interactive aspect with the crows is fun and was unexpected, which made me chuckle. I believe young children would enjoy that very much. Overall I would suggest this book to young children.
The Ugly Duckling:
The music in this book is nice. The graphics are beautifully done. The little ducks were sweetly done. The reader of this book did a better job on reading, and expressiveness in this book. She changed her voice while reading the parts of the various ducks. She reads clearly and slowly which is good for small children to follow along. The facial “expressions” of the ducks and mother were nicely done. The interactive aspects of this book are more detailed and fun. I enjoyed the story and would suggest this book to small children.