Saturday, October 8, 2011

TouchyBooks Review and Discount: The Journey of Christopher Columbus

With Columbus Day just around the corner, why not celebrate with a discounted TouchyBook?  The Journey of Christopher Columbus is currently 50% off and will be sure to delight any child with a fun-filled quick history lesson.
As a teacher, I was happy to see that the book was historically accurate, and as a mom to 2 preschoolers I was happy to see it was geared towards little kids.  TouchyBooks made Christopher Columbus come to life with cute graphics and a simple storyline.  The book's wording works well in that they made Columbus talk about himself in the past tense as he explained to kids today what people believed about the world when he was around.  He explains that they thought the only continents were Europe and Asia ("The Indies").

The interactive features included were a few simple touch-and-move features per page, but there were also two new puzzle games that the kids really liked.

So if you are a TouchyBooks fan like me (and if you are not-you don't know what you are missing), pick up The Journey of Christopher Columbus today for 50% off.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs Review: My First Collection Vol. 2 Featuring Spoon

Scholastic just seems to know what kids like, and The My First Collection Vol. 2 Featuring Spoon is another hit.  This DVD set includes 3 discs featuring: Spoon, Dem Bones, and That New Animal.  There are 13 stories total with a run time of 127 minutes (plus extras).  It is recommended for ages 2-6; however, I think the Dem Bones songs are great for older kids as well.

Here is what you get with this set:

Disc #-Spoon: This disc is perfect for ages 2-4
  • -Spoon: The cute tale about learning to appreciate YOU (contains highlighted text feature)
  • -A Boy, A Dog and A Frog: Cute video (not cartoon) about a young boy and his dog trying to catch a frog. No words, just cute music.
  • -Otto Runs For President: Still storybook images shown with highlighted text feature
  • -Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!: Lots of color in this one. Still images and highlighted text.

Disc #2-Dem Bones: Amazing disc that is perfect for anatomy lessons (Dem Bones) and history lessons (Erie Canal, dinosaur bones). Good for ages 4 and up.
  • -Dem Bones: LOVE this one! Great song with highlighted words.  The parts of the body are colored red on the skeletons when the song talks about them.  We learned a lot of new facts about our bones!
  • -Hush Little Baby: Still photos from the original storybook with highlighted text as it is sung (twice).
  • -Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: Still photos and highlighted text.  A little morbid considering the fox is going hunting...so just be aware.
  • -Dinosaur Bones: Great colorful images and highlighted text that will teach your little one all about dinosaur bones and paleontologists!
  • -The Erie Canal: This story starts out with a quick history lesson (and real life photos) of the creation of the Erie Canal.  Then, the story transitions into still images (cartoons) and a song about the Erie Canal that the kids really enjoyed!

Disc #3-That New Animal: Preschooler Oldies but Goodies
  • -That New Animal: Still pictures and highlighted text about a dog who is trying to figure out why this new animal is here (aka: the baby)!
  • -I Love You Like Crazy Cakes: Adorable old story with highlighted text.
  • -Smile For Auntie:  Very old images with highlighted text.  Not really a family favorite.
  • -Blueberries For Sal:  One of my favorite old stories complete with highlighted text.

Scholastic Storybook Treasures: My First Collection Vol. 2 featuring Spoon truly has some amazing stories and songs on it that are for any age! The publisher recommends these discs for ages 2-6; however, with the songs on the parts of the body, and the Erie Canal, this collection could be a teacher's dream!  I highly recommend this set, so buy yours today:


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