Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Review: Star Wars "The Clone Wars" LeapFrog Tag Reader Book

This is the last book in this batch of LeapFrog Tag Reader books my son and I have reviewed. Hopefully there will be more to come in the future because my son thoroughly enjoys his Tag Reader.

My son takes after his father and has a huge soft spot for anything Star Wars related. This Star Wars Tag Reader book The Clone Wars: Rescue in the Sky features all the same familiar characters seen on Cartoon Network's "The Clone Wars" animated television series.

This book is very different from the other Tag Reader books we've had a chance to experience. Even though this book is recommended for ages 5 to 7 by the manufacturer, I think that it would be more suitable for the older end of that age range.

What I thought about this Star Wars Tag Reader book:

1) This book is the first I've seen from the Tag Reader series that is in a comic book format. Since my nearly 6yr old son does not read comic or anime books, I had to give him a little guidance about how to read the story in order so that it made sense to him.

2) This is also the first Tag Reader book I've come across where the child cannot simply tap on a single word to hear it read out loud. This book only allows my son to tap on a chat bubble to hear its content in its entirety. This is not as helpful to a beginner reader who is working on site recognition of words.

3) This book does not offer multiple levels for its activity games. A few of the games were extremely challenging for my son. For example, there was one game where the book asked the reader to tap 4 characters in the correct order as quickly as possible after it read off the list of characters. It would have been better for the book to say, "Tap Character A", " Now tap Character A and Character B, "Now tap Character A, B, and C", and so forth.

4) This book concentrated on reaching conclusions based on what the reader has learned about each character. I liked that it required my son to think.

5) My son said that this book was too fast for him. I think this is a result of the story being based on action. There was always a sense of urgency in the characters' words when he listened to the content of each chat bubble, therefore it was difficult to follow along when he was actually trying to read the words.




Overall, this is an enjoyable book. I do not think it is as helpful in teaching reading as some other Tag Reader books available for children ages 5 to 7. However, it does work towards sharpening some other valuable learning skills, such as analytical thinking and short term memory.

To view the full collection of Tag Reader books currently available, visit LeapFrog.com .


Thank you to LeapFrog for providing us with a review product free of charge.