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Excellent extension to the book
on 6 April 2001
This CD isn't a gadget-packed, super-modern "game" with bells and whistles...and that's why it is so good. It reads the book through, with excellent quality animated illustration, sound, music and most of all narration. The text of the book appears on the screen, with the words lighting up when they are said. Key words, such as "hat", turn into little pictures of the item in question, helping youngsters make the connection that words represent things, and so on. My two year olds love watching and listening to this. The other function is to flip through the story page by page, and each picture is interactive when in this mode. You can click the umbrella, for example, and it will do something animated, like open up and throw Thing 1 and Thing 2 out.
This simple interactivity really helps younger users to realise that the mouse controls the pointer on the screen, and that clicking on images makes things happen.
It's simple, clean, quality and, I think, ideal for 2 to 3 year olds. I think that children older than that might find it a bit dull and unchallenging.