- There Once was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant -- This book is created for young learners in K - 2 and is a tale of fiction.
- A Lion's World -- From the "EyeDiscover" series and made for K - 2 age range.
- Glaciers -- This is from a series called 'Earth's Waters' published under the imprint Lightbox and created for grades 3 - 6.
When you first get the book you get a code to enter to access all the 'extras'. I took notes as my children viewed and read each of the books so that I would remember all the details.
There Once was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant:
Seanan - It was cool to have different voices and they were not computerized. The yellow highlighting helped me stay on the same sentence.
Audrie - Moral of the story is to never swallow an ant. I thought it was funny and I think little kids would like it. It reminded me of another story we used to read. Even though it was highlighted, I think if you had only one word at a time it would be easier for children especially if they don't know how to read it yet.
Me -- This one was really a fun and entertaining book. With the "read" feature you could set it up and have a few minutes where you could start a load of laundry or load the dishes, but still have your younger student engaged. The yellow highlighting could help young early readers follow along with the book, but not under the pressure to read all the words. It also has repetition which builds with each additional thing that the cowpoke (which is a variation of a cowboy) swallows to get rid of the stinging ant in his stomach. This is based on a similar story and my children instantly recognized the similarities, but were surprised with the twist ending and how unlikely it would be to be able to swallow yourself!
A Lion's World:
Seanan - I love lions and want to pet one. This book had sounds of a real lion that you could hear after the lady read the book pages.
Audrie - It told interesting facts about a lion. It fits the ages that was recommended ... like little kids from preschool through 1st or 2nd grade.
Arianna - It was very informative for how simple it was with only one sentence per 'page'. Some of the lions reminded me of a lion movie I watched when I was little. I liked how the pictures moved behind the words on the page and the added sounds made it 'come alive'.
Me -- The realistic pictures that both move and have sound were able beautifully capture this majestic animal (BIG cats are my ultimate favorite animal!) The simple facts were written on the bottom of the page and read slowly by a human voice. I think it is important that the voice reading is easy to understand and this was certainly the case. This book had such simple sentences that my son (3rd grader, but a late reader) could read it on his own, although he enjoyed just having the book be read by someone else.
Seanan - I think this book is definitely for older kids. The cool videos that were included were fun and interesting to watch. I did not like the robot voice. That made it sound weird.
|Screenshot from the video of a glacier calving.|
Part of the Key Word Quiz
Arianna - I liked that the book was interactive. It reminded me of a unit study. I did not like the robot voice that read the book. Instead we read it ourselves. The videos were informative and interesting. I liked that the quiz had pictures to go along with it ... like a slideshow. The fill in the blank pages gave more variety rather then having more quizzes. I think this was geared more for middle school learners, not really elementary students.
Me -- The age range for this (8 - 12) was certainly on track, although I think it is better off for the older in that range. My son was quickly sidetracked, although he did enjoy the enhancements, especially the mini videos. This reminded me of a unit study, where you could use this book all week long and really delve deep into the topic of Glaciers.
|Using ChromeCast we were able to put the books up on the TV screen. |
This is them answering questions from the quiz review.
There are tons of titles to choose from both non-fiction and fiction and would be a fun way to break up your studies, or dig deeper on a subject or two, or even use over the summer for a change of pace.
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