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41. Golden Books - Saggy Baggy Elephant
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42. Disney Presents Ariel StoryStudio
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43. Just Grandma & Me
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44. Golden Books - Tootle
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45. Shrek Storybook / M&Ms Lost
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46. Disney's Animated Storybook: Winnie
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47. Curious George Preschool Learning
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48. Dr. Seuss ABC (Jewel Case)
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49. Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel
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50. Curious George Learns Phonics
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51. Stanley's Sticker Stories Ages
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52. First Friendships Fun Pack
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53. Star Wars: Jar Jar's Journey Adventure
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54. Golden Books - Mother Goose
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55. Casper Brainy Book
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56. 101 Dalmatians ASB (Jewel Case)
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57. Lord of the Rings Activity Studio
58. When Little Bears Are Scaredy
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59. Multimedia Nursery Rhymes Ages
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60. Golden Books: Mother Goose

41. Golden Books - Saggy Baggy Elephant
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Asin: B00004YNKP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 7589
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42. Disney Presents Ariel StoryStudio (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00005NCBN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1067
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Ariel's Story Studio lets you dive into an ocean of activities swimming with fun. You create, learn, and play in a world filled with games, activities, and surprises. Explore an amazing story and build skills in reading, writing, and problem solving. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Under The Sea Adventure!!
Ariel's Story Studio is a fun filled, action packed adventure as Ariel, Sebastian, and Ursula the sea witch take you through the story of The Little
Mermaid. King Triton's seahorse of a henchfish is your guide, as well. Whenever you click on him, he will let you either go to the pick a page screen, or quit the game. Whenever you click on Ariel's, Sebastian's, or Ursula's bubble when there is a star in the top left corner of the bubble, then that character will read the text again. If you click on Ariel's, Sebastian's, or Ursula's bubble without a star in the top left corner of the bubble, then they will say something to you.

On every screen there will be a special message in a bottle. When you click on it, it will show you a very special sticker that will go into your storybook,
more about that later. On other, certain screens, you can play fun games. In Rolling Plates, help Ariel store all of her china plates in a treasure chest. In Scuttle's Spyglass, you can take a close up look at Eric's ship. At Ariel's Shelf, help Ariel put all of her things back on the shelves. Along with Ariel's Shelf, there is the Statue Puzzle. King Triton has destroyed Ariel's statue of Eric! Ariel needs your help to put the statue back together. In Dig For Little Treasures, There will be a crab (but not Sebastian) to help you dig under the lumps in the sand and find little trinkets. To get the crab, click on the biggest
Lump in the sand. In Spell Making, Flotsam & Jetsam will tell you what colored bottles to put in Ursula's cauldron, so you can see clips from the movie!!

Whenever you click on a starfish, it will take you to an activity. There are three in all. There is the Make Your Own Music activity. That will allow you to create your own musical numbers and have different groups of fish sing your song using the number keys on your keyboard. There are instructions on what to press and when in the program manual. There is also the Make Your Own Grotto activity. You know Ariel's grotto, right? Well now you have your own! You can invite fish and plant sea shrubs. When you
Click on the camera, then you can click on anything else to find out fun facts
About that thing. The last activity relates with the first game I told you about
Earlier. The Make Your Own Storybook activity. This activity lets you write, illustrate, and color you own book about the story of The Little Mermaid. If you see a bottle with a half wrinkled note in it, that is all the special stickers you found throughout the story.

This is just like an Animated Storybook, only better. There are no other Story Studios besides Ariel's. Note: this CD-ROM is in no possible way scary. Even though Ursula is a witch, she is not a scary one like some other
Witches in the world. Well that's it. I hope that this review has helped you and encourages you to get this CD-ROM. ... Read more


43. Just Grandma & Me
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Asin: B000030EY6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 411
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Mercer Mayer's highly entertaining Just Grandma and Me CD-ROMwill keep plenty of restless grandchildren occupied for hours. Choose to hearthe story read aloud, or simply click on the play options and quickly startbuilding sandcastles or collecting shells from the sandy beach.

This fun, interactive story follows the adventures of a cheerful little crittersetting off on a trip to the seaside with his grandmother. Big, bold text runsacross the top of your screen for each section of the lively animated story, andevery word is clearly highlighted while it's being read aloud. Accompanied bygentle music and realistic seaside sound effects, children can click on objectssuch as buckets and spades and be told what they are called, or they can simplylisten to the characters while they talk and play together by the sea.

Initially it can be a bit tricky to work out how to use your mouse button tostick flags in the sand or move crabs around the beach. But one of the key aimsof this educational CD-ROM is to encourage children to explore the interactivestory. There's even an opportunity to tickle granny's toes while she's buried inthe sand! Such activities will keep plenty of young grandchildren andtheir grandmothers fully entertained. --Justin Hunt ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the best software available
The Broderbund series of Living Books (also sold under The Learning Company and GT Interactive labels) are some of the best software titles I have ever used for children 2 to 5. Although they were written in the early to mid-90's (and run in 640X480-256 color mode), they deliver wonderful graphics, a very responsive and easy-to-use interface and contain tons of the silly stuff that kids love. I have over 500 educational titles on my home CD-server, but I still consider these some of the very best. Kids can easily play it by themselves and they'll want to see the stories over and over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sentimental favorite
Just Grandma and Me was the first CD we happened to get for our not yet-2 y.o., who was of course too young to manipulate it. But we played with it together, and by "with" I mean it is not a game but a sort of enhanced flap book, where random object yield unexpected treats. The programs plays music, displays amusing animations, and so on. Most of all it's just simple fun, but also the most touching of the Just... series.

This is an easy choice as a straightforward and inexpensive title for younger children. Our 6 y.o. gets a kickk out of playing with it sometimes, though, and his 3 y.o. younger brother can manipulate it easily. A final note, I do wish this publisher and others had continued to include multilingual support -- here English, French, German, and in an earlier version Japanese -- and additional cost must be minimal, and it's really fun to hear the different renditions. If your first language is one of these "other" languages, you might prefer it for that reason as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars doesn't run well on XP
The book runs on my XP machine, but not well. It reads through and I can click all the words and hear the pronouciation, but it crashes when I click certain "clickables." I try it on a older machine (windows 98) and it works perfectly. A wonderful kids story, however, and I am using it to teach my 5 year old to read.
Recommended if you can downgrade. Otherwise, your kid will get upset very soon if it crashes all the time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for 3 year old beginners!
This game is paced exactly right for pre-schoolers. My daughter learned how to manipulate the mouse with this game and still finds all the surprises in the book interesting (time and time again!). If you are looking for a place to start with your child on the computer, "Just Grandma and Me" is an excellent and fun way to do it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Warm Story
The reader reads this Mercer Mayer classic at a very slow pace. There are some cute surprises as the child clicks on parts of the drawings (mailbox opens, birds flutter etc.) and there is a limited sand castle building component among the choices, but I found the CD to be relatively slow as compared to other early learning CD's. The surprise was my grand daughter's reaction. This was one of her most frequently chosen items when we sat down to the computer together. Now 4 and more interrested in her alphabet and skills, the CD sits unchosen but it was probably her favorite at ages 2 and 3! ... Read more


44. Golden Books - Tootle
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Asin: B00004YNKO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 7766
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Tootle software
Our family was excited about receiving this product, but were rather disappointed with it upon its arrival. The story of "Tootle" was read with the same two repeating sound effects- very monotonous. The games are limited in their ability to challenge our 4 year old. He has a love of trains, and Tootle, so he does continue to ask to play this game. He would rate it higher than the grownups of the house! ... Read more


45. Shrek Storybook / M&Ms Lost Formulas (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B000078CP0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 6250
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46. Disney's Animated Storybook: Winnie The Pooh & Tigger Too (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00005NVD9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 1098
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Disney's Winnie the Pooh & Tigger Too Animated Storybook lets kids play and learn with beloved Hundred Acre Wood characters. Kids can read along or listen to the story of Tigger discovering that his friends have tired of his bouncing ways. There are also fun skill-building games that let kids earn their learning stripes. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the Disney animated storybooks
This program errors continuously on our 2 year old computer, and hitches on our 4 month old computer. Some of the animation and sound effects are redundant. The on-page activities are limited and one of the games isn't very intuitive. My 2 year old son, however, couldn't care a less. He likes it. ... Read more


47. Curious George Preschool Learning Games
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Asin: B00004WJOU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Interactive
Sales Rank: 1056
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Curious George stops getting into trouble in his Preschool LearningGames to direct young children in their own discoveries. This CD-ROM teacheskids shapes, colors, pattern recognition, rhyming, and more, while offering funanimation consistent with the beloved storybooks. Games such as star patrol, piefight, and jingles jukebox help up to eight different users develop new skills,and extras like the progress report help parents track their child'slearning.

This program stresses many of the same skills that other preschool softwareprograms cover, but with an additional element of challenge: the different skilllevels offer basic to advanced lessons that support continued learning and addto the longevity of the program. For example, star patrol not only supportsearly-learning concepts like shape and color recognition but also introducesgeometry--trapezoids and the like--a subject not ordinarily introduced topreschoolers. And, to keep the program fun, the games are smartly animated withhumorous, pie-in-the-face antics.

This CD-ROM may not cast George in his traditional mischievous role, but hedefiantly adds to standard educational-software fare with his fun and playfullearning activities. The animation is extremely entertaining--we see everythingfrom George getting sent into space to pies flying not only at onscreencharacters but also at players! The necessity of reading the directions alouddictates parental involvement, as do the parental controls, which include theability to track a child's performance. --Madeleine J. Miller ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars curious george ..laughing while learning!!
I bought this and my 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 boys they love it!!! the puzzles are great, star shooting game of shapes is great for hand eye coordination and the pie game is awesome they are learing letters, matching, size differentation, all the while laughing!

3-0 out of 5 stars Buggy
I bought this because my son liked another Curious George game, Downtown Adventure (which I highly recommend but the age range should be 4-8, not 3-6). This game is from a different company and is of very poor quality. The pie fight game crashes in the middle every single time we play, on two different computers. The jukebox game is incredibly slow to load, way too slow for a 3 year old to tolerate.

3-0 out of 5 stars navigation problems
We used this a few times. It has a design flaw, which is that you have to exit the game to get back to a place where you can make choices about what you want to do next.

5-0 out of 5 stars Encourages New Skills, Reinforces Others!
My just-turned-four-year-old *loved* this CD! We checked it out from the library, and after playing it with him, and seeing how much he learned & how much he loved it, we bought it. The Jukebox game encouraged the emerging skill of rhyming. The Star Patrol reinforced shapes, and encourged learning some new ones (hexagon, etc.). The Pie game was his favorite. This game encourged sorting (same, different, slightly different). We've played many a CD-rom, and this one, by far, is the easiest on parents. No annoying sounds or voices. And the animation looks just like the book, so it's familiar and soothing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lot's of fun
My 3 year old enjoys this game, except for the jukebox thing. The puzzles are fun, with 3 levels of difficulty and some added animation when the puzzle is finished. The fruit catch is a little bit difficult, but a great way to get a feel for using a mouse. I definitely recommend this game! ... Read more


48. Dr. Seuss ABC (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00005IB4U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 1800
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Click here to see Aunt Annie riding on an alligator. Click there to meet a Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz. Only Dr. Seuss could make the alphabet so unpredictably entertaining. More than 400 alphabetically inspired surprises hidden within26 pages show children that learning words and letters can be silly fun. Izzy and Ichabod guide young readers through this action-packed title, which features Seuss's distinctive brand of humor, rhyme, and illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Learn Basic Mouse Movement--Then Rush to Buy This!
Without a doubt, this is one of the best younger-child software programs I have purchased. As another reviewer notes, your child first needs to get comfortable with basic mouse movement first, and I agree that the Reader Rabbit Playtime for Baby & Toddler is a good starter program since it doesn't require the child to know how to click. For your child to really appreciate and explore the Dr. Seuss ABC program, he/she must be ready to learn how to click the mouse button. Provided that's the case, your child will be amazed! Our little girl (age 2 years, 9 months) has been dazzled for several months now. I'll definitely be buying more of the Learning Company titles.

Speaking of the mouse, I would recommend that you consider purchasing an optical mouse for your child. They currently cost about $[money] and are worth the investment. When I moved our daughter to one of these, her interaction with the mouse improved dramatically.

For your information, the optical mouse has no moving parts (no mouse ball/roller on bottom) and is MUCH easier for anyone to move and control--especially children. I've been especially pleased with the Logitech two-button optical mouse. We have one on each of our computers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Suess in Motion! Great!!!
This is a fantastic program. My son who is two loves it. The letters come alive in a cute and entertaining way. IF your child wants to explore more and clicks on letters or words or pictures each one does something new and interesting. There is never any fear of boredom with this.

One thought- your child needs to have mouse control and to know how to push the button on the mouse. I bought the Toddler Reader Rabbit program and this helped my son learn mouse control. In Toddler Reader Rabbit, they don't need to push the button and that makes it easier for them to learn to control the mouse first. Then move onto a game like this. Particularly if you are starting young. My son began playing this cd at 18 months.

This is a fantastic CD and I'm going to get more of the Dr. Suess CD's. The illustrations and words and sounds are pure Dr. Suess like. Wonderful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves it!
My daughter loved the hard copy of this CD-ROM and enjoys this just as much. I just wish that they had a feature that would allow you to start the book so that it "read" it to the child.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dr. seuss abc
Terribly boring. Nothing to do escept click and listen. It is not a real game for kids.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
I am very disappointed with this software. My children find it terribly boring. There is nothing much to it. A computerized version of the book, that's all. Don't waste your money.

I really can't figure out all the rave reviews for this one. I suppose a very young child might like listening to it, but a child that young would be better off sitting in a lap listening to a human reading the book, in my opinion. ... Read more


49. Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel
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Asin: B00005AASO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Interactive
Sales Rank: 5104
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is a nostalgic children's bookthat has entertained generations of readers since it was penned in 1939. It'sonly fitting that this story about beating obsolescence with perseverance andpluck should find its way onto CD-ROM. The computer version of this classiccontains an adaptation of the book, four activities, and a tutorial on the lifeand work of Virginia Lee Burton, the book's writer and illustrator.

This classic survives the move from the printed page to the computer screenadmirably. Burton's illustrations remain intact, and though animation is added,it doesn't detract from the sunny simplicity of the original book. Fans of theoriginal will probably be disappointed by the text, however. Burton wove hertext around her illustrations--the words added visual life to the story. On theCD-ROM the text is relegated to its usual ho-hum spot, below theillustration.

The four activities in Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel areafterthoughts. There's a memory and matching game where the good citizens ofPopperville come out, dance a jig, then hide behind trees and bushes. Kids mustclick on the hiding places and uncover the hiders, then match them up with their"twins," after which another little jig is danced. The How a Steam Shovel Workstutorial is a glorified illustration: click on a word and hear it as theappropriate part of the steam shovel wiggles or flashes. A game called TheJunkyard lets kids find and piece together steam shovels using patternrecognition. Finally, in Mary Anne's Maze, kids follow directional arrows and amap to find their way out of a maze whose denizens have random demands that mustbe met (give the rabbit a carrot, the businessman a slice of pie, the skunk adaisy) before they'll allow passage. Even though each activity has three levelsof difficulty, they don't change appreciably, and all but the youngest of kidswill quickly tire of them.

The most exceptional part of this CD-ROM is for parents, or for older kids whoneed to do a book report on Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Thebeautifully crafted section on the life and work of Virginia Lee Burton containsphotographs, unpublished illustrations, and a wealth of information about MikeMulligan's creator, all lovingly narrated by her two sons. This kids' programwas obviously designed with an eye towards the grownups who read this book backin the '40s and '60s, which accounts for both its strength and its weakness.(Ages 4 to 8) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Sorry, can't even get it started!
I had high hopes for this since my four-year-old daughter enjoys other such 'talking books' as Dr. Seuss' ABC and Green Eggs and Ham, and I remembered Mike Mulligan from when I was a kid.

But the disk won't even intall on my XP machine. Click on 'setup' and.....NOTHING.....happens. I'm going to have to send it back.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book
I would highly recommend this book as my son has enjoyed reading it over and over again. I'm sure that he will also enjoy reading and playing with this story on the computer as well. ... Read more


50. Curious George Learns Phonics
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Asin: B00004UB6E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 917
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Curious George Learns Phonics may be in a digital format, but it has the same gently rendered pastel artwork and whimsical characters that made H.A. Rey's classic children's books so popular. This CD-ROM takes kids under the big top, where they can master letter sounds, word parts, and reading comprehension with clowns, musical seals, and acrobatic elephants. Phonics is the focus here, so most of the six activities have to do with matching word parts. Match a clown holding a picture of a log with another clown holding a picture of the letter L, and the clowns team up and tell a joke of the "Why do hummingbirds hum? Because they don't know the words!" variety. Match the right pictures with the vowels under Sammy the Musical Seal's horns, and he will honk out a little tune. Build words in the fun house by grabbing the correct letter when a clown dangles it out the window.

One of the most entertaining activities is Thea's Story Theater. Thea is a redhead in a purple dress with a flair for storytelling. Kids can read along with each of Thea's 10 stories, watch actors perform them, and answer the questions about the text that Thea occasionally asks. This activity shines because it works on so many different levels: kids learn how words behave in context, strengthen reading comprehension skills, and are entertained by some great stories that surpass the generic dross that occasionally gets banged out by software developers.Since this program's only focus is phonics, it isn't as multilayered as some other Curious George titles. And we were curious about what the heck happened to Curious George: We didn't see enough of him under the big top. Also, we think the lower end of the recommended age range is either the product of a delusional parent, or one that has a genius preschooler on his or her hands. (Ages 3 to 7) --Anne Erickson ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars poorly designed, teaches nothing, difficult to play
This game is very poor compared to Reader Rabbit's Learn to read with Phonics or I can read with Phonics. I already had those two games but I read the following comments and thought I should get this one too. Not so! The games in here are ridiculous, teach very little phonics or reading, are difficult to master, and are all a waste. For those who like curious George, this game hardly ever shows George at all. I think the Reader Rabbits games are 1000% superior in every area in teaching kids phonics and reading. Skip this product, stick with Reader Rabbit, and you won't be stuck with it like I am.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good game, lower case letters and phonics!!
George is great for both boys and girls and the circus is a huge hit so there you have their attention!! The secret is to keep this as your one and only game at least for a good couple of months before you start buying the easy, fun entertainment-only games like Blues Clues etc.. That will give them a chance to love this game because it does make them think and you have to be there to help when they first start off. I don't think it is slow at all, the narration is just right and there is plenty of help from the ringmaster of the circus, kids just need to be told to click on his icon to get clues. Great for my 4 yr old that learns phonics in her Montessori pre-school. Tons of sweet stories about circus animals for them to just listen to when they are tired of the phonics. I love this!!

4-0 out of 5 stars More 'work' than 'game' -- but still a valuable CD
This CD lacks the color and the adventure of the Reader Rabbit CDs, but it makes up for thru it's phonics drills. It's one after another with little talking which is why my children burn out on it fast. I don't see that as a bad thing, tho, as children learn in quick bursts and then like a break from the drill-like phonic questions. Which is probably why they can play Reader Rabbit games for hours because it's less ceribral and more game-orientated.

I love Reader Rabbit, and thank god for it, but I like this CD, too. I 'make' my 4 and 5 year old play it a little bit every day and it improves their phonics and then they can play Reader Rabbit afterward as a reward. *G*

Worth the money. Helpful. Not a CD you regret buying if better reading and phonics is your goal. But not a CD the kids will be begging to play 24/7.

5-0 out of 5 stars It works and works well!
3/16/2001:
I wanted to teach my just turned five-year-old daughter how to read, but her current selection of books and educational software was just not meeting the challenge. Sure, the Winnie the Pooh, Blue's Clues, My Personal Tutor software, etc did an excellent job of motivating her and teaching her the alphabet. She really enjoyed all the Dr. Seuss and Winnie the Pooh books, but all these resources were just not cutting it in regards to getting her to read by herself. After extensive trial and error this is what I found work for my daughter.

I found Reader Rabbit's Complete Learn to Read System and Curious George Learns Phonics invaluable at teaching her to sound out her words all by herself. One small note on Curious George Learns Phonics, my daughter did not like the software. It actually made her work for once, so I usually had to be nearby to answer any questions. I would recommend using Reader Rabbit for a few days before introducing Curious George.

After about a week or so I began using the flash cards included in Reader Rabbit to have my daughter memorize beginning words. I would also have her write the words in her notebook. I particularly found helpful the list with Reader Rabbit on which order I should have her learn her words.

When I felt she should probably be ready to read very easy sentences I had her start out with Bob Books First! Level A, Set 1, although I would highly, highly recommend the entire set. Bob Books seemed to be the only books easy enough for my daughter to read by herself and progress at a reasonable rate. She loves the books!...

I have some final thoughts. Firstly, the Reader Rabbit and Bob Books are fine quality products but are a bit overpriced in my estimation. They are STILL well worth the investment. Secondly, you would think there would be some product or resource out there to help teach your child to read. I needed not generalities but a highly specific course of actions. I was quite disappointed in that respect, but I would be interested if such a product or resource exists.

Updated 11/28/2002:
It's been two years now and it is time to teach my son to read. Apparently, Reader Rabbit Complete Learn to Read System is no longer in production. That is too bad. It is very good educational software.

Still, Curious George Learns Phonics is the sleeper education software in existence. It's not perfect and the kiddies tend not to like it. However, it is challenging and teaches them phonemic awareness very well.

I have tried "Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" due to several recommendations from individuals reading my reviews. I used it with my son and I didn't like it. Subsequently I was informed from first grade teachers (my daughter's included) and my education courses that apparently research shows that coded words (Distar conventions, e.g. e with a line over it, double oo, like the pronunciation key of a dictionary) teaches kiddies to read best. I discovered this first hand when my daughter brought home her homework to code some words. I didn't have a clue how to help her. Maybe it's just a case that daddy isn't smart enough to help his daughter.

I found myself already using some of the techniques from "Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" that I had discovered by trial and error worked with my kiddies. In any case, I still haven't used the book.

I have finally found a set of books to use after the Bob Books are all used up. I found the kiddies needed a little more structured practice before they where off reading whatever we have around the house. It is the "Now I'm Reading" series by Nora Gaydos. ... ... Read more


51. Stanley's Sticker Stories Ages 3-7

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Asin: B00002S8II
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IBM
Sales Rank: 3152
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Kids love Millie, Bailey, Sammy, and Trudy, the characters from Edmark's award-winning Early Learning Series. Now they can feature these and other Edmark characters in their very own animated storybooks, building spelling and writing skills and expanding creativity along the way. This fun-filled program from the educational software experts at Edmark gives kids the power to build stories that come to life right on screen. They can also make alphabet and counting books, write letters, and much more. Kid-tested tools, large buttons, spoken help, and friendly characters make creating animated stories easy and fun for readers and nonreaders alike.

Choose from more than 300 stickers. Record your own sound to make characters talk, sing, and laugh. Click on the Sticker Spelling Book to see and hear the spelling of a favorite sticker. Animate characters with the click of a button. Click on Stanley to get fun ideas for stories. Print your stories in color or black and white. Play back your story and watch it come alive on screen. Add a musical introduction to any page or narrate your story. Type words and sentences to add to your story. Stickers get bigger as they're dragged to the front of the scene, and shrink as they're moved into the background. ... Read more


52. First Friendships Fun Pack
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Asin: B0000AZVVT
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Global Software Publishing
Sales Rank: 7255
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53. Star Wars: Jar Jar's Journey Adventure Book
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Asin: B00002SWVZ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: LucasArts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1095
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Amazon.com Review

Queen Amidala's ship has been badly damaged, and R2-D2 is busy on theoutside trying to fix the shield operator. Your job is to repeat the pattern oflights and sounds as you see and hear them as it helps generate the power forthe shields.

This is one of the many games you can play in Jar Jar's Journey. Each one is clearly narrated and easy to follow. There are plenty of others,including Jar Jar's coloring center, where you can turn your cursor quickly intoa paintbrush.

But, if you don't fancy playing any Star Wars-themed games, you can sitback and listen to a story. In his inimitable way, Jar Jar tells you how he wassaved by a brave Jedi after the battle-droids tried to take over his planet.Click on underlined words and you hear amusing songs or reveal hidden characterswho fly through the air.

As you would expect from George Lucas, this is a high-quality software title.The strong characters, special effects, and richly illustrated designs make thisa highly enjoyable game for young Star Wars fans from 4 years up. It'sentertaining for adults as well. At the start, Jar Jar sticks out his longtongue and eats an exclamation mark off the computer screen. "It tastes likechicken," he declares with a grin. The lovable creature from the planet Naboo islikely to become the undisputed star of children's CD-ROMs. --Justin Hunt ... Read more


54. Golden Books - Mother Goose
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00004ZCN1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 5709
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Definite waste of money!
I should have listened to the review by Children's SoftwareRevue and not purchased this software for my 3 1/2 year old daughters.The activities are very shallow and not well done at all. Thecoloring book: Most children's software lets children flood-fillcertain areas w/ color to make it easier for them to use. This justhad points of color that obviously would not stay within the lines.The alphabet: the words to follow were all in lowercase and theletters to choose from were all in uppercase. It would have beenbetter to have 2 skill levels and had an option to have the same caseletters on both sides. They also should have read the word to thechild to make it more educational. Tic-Tac-Toe: It would have beencheaper to let the kids have a piece of paper and a pen...Follow-along: Should have been more obvious. My daughters usuallymissed seeing the very miniscule movement of the stars and could notfollow it. My recommendation: Save your money and spend it onsomething that won't just sit on the shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Toddler Test
I ordered the Mother Goose Golden Book for my extremely active 2 year old. He is very interested in books and the computer. The only problem is he doesn't know how to use the computer appropriately. For this item he didn't have to. The book is read to him. The best part is he sits and listens instead of banging on the keyboard. He can even recite some of the lines. ... Read more


55. Casper Brainy Book

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Asin: B00002EIYO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 5091
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Amazon.com Product Description

Casper Brainy Book builds reading, memory, rhyming, spelling, and concentration skills with its entertaining interactive storybook, adapted from the motion picture by an award-winning children's author. ... Read more


56. 101 Dalmatians ASB (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
our price: $9.99
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Asin: B000059OQF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 3876
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57. Lord of the Rings Activity Studio
list price: $19.99
our price: $9.99
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Asin: B00006OAOO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IMSI
Sales Rank: 3023
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Activity Studio is a comprehensive desktop companion for The Fellowship of the Ring film fans. The studio's seven sections feature a character profile center, a print room, and a create-and-paint studio. Print full-color images as posters, calendars, bookmarks, greeting cards, and party kits. Visit the character profile section and discover essential facts. Customize your PC with 100 screen-saver images and choose from numerous desktop wallpapers. Click on special Web links, view video clips from the film, or use the paint-and-create studio to color line drawings. Tried-and-true film fans can also test their knowledge in the quiz section. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
This was so cool! I am a huge LOTR fan, and this was perfect for me! If you enjoyed the films, i highly recommend this for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars It is what it says it is - an ACTIVITY STUDIO
Come on, folks! Read before you buy. It is clearly labled as an activity studio, not a game.

Don't give it bad marks because you goofed. The product is great for it's price. I collect the trading card game cards by Decipher and the movie cards by Topps. My problem was that I had been looking for cool LOTR-themed binders to store them in without any luck. I've had to settle on those binders with the clear plastic sleeves on the outside covers. Unfortunately, I hadn't been able to find good images to print out and insert into those sleeves. Then I stumbled across this software and my problem was solved.

I'm a happy camper.

1-0 out of 5 stars HUGE disappointment
Don't bother. Very little of substance in this package. Definitely not worth the price. Buy the DVD instead.

2-0 out of 5 stars Only kid stuff!
Don't waste your money on this unless you're buying it for kids - all it contains as far as artwork is about a dozen different photographs. Granted, you can print them as a number of different things like calendars, but there are no other options re artwork, and all the images come out with movie ads printed over them I was entertained for about five minutes! There should be a suggested age range for both this and the companion "Two Towers" software.

2-0 out of 5 stars Prints good, doesn't contain all features on package
The program prints very good pictures but does not contain everything on the package. The cd I received said it was a "Lite" version. I contacted IMSI, and they referred me to another company to call. This other company wanted a credit card for tech support information before I could talk to a live person. I am not paying for tech support to complain about a bad progam. The packaging is misleading. ... Read more


58. When Little Bears Are Scaredy Bears Life's Little Lessons with the Berenstain Bears

Asin: B0007SVAZE
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Sound Source
Sales Rank: 9713
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Product Description

The Berenstain Beasrs encounter some beary scary situations! But, through four short stories and activities the little bears discover that things arent as scarey as they seem. Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister Bear gently help children explore some childhood fears and learn that there's no need to be scared when fears are confronted. Kids will enjoy hours of fun with the charming and funny family, all while learning one of life's little lessons. ... Read more

Features

  • Four short stories
  • Four story-related activities: Thinking puzzle, arcade-style game, sorting puzzle, creative craft activity
  • Help children exaimne childhood fears
  • Promotes teamwork with two-player option
  • Adjustable levels of difficulty

59. Multimedia Nursery Rhymes Ages 2-5
list price: $19.95
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Asin: B000059OXQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 2558
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Product Description

Multimedia Nursery Rhymes includes 40 separate Nursery Rhymes divided into four categories: Singing Rhymes, Animal Rhymes, People Rhymes, and Fingerplays. ... Read more

Features

  • A collection of 40 interactive nursery rhymes (Ages 2 - 5)
  • Singing rhymes, people character rhymes, animal character rhymes, finger-plays
  • Popular rhymes include: This Old Man, Yankee Doodle, Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy-Bitsy Spider
  • Mary Had A Little Lamb, Hickory Dickory Dock, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice ... and much more
  • [Windows 95/98 ... XP compatible]

60. Golden Books: Mother Goose
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00004YNKR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 9380
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