||(Win95/98/Me/XP) (Retail) (BLACKBPR)
Ages: 3 and up
4 1/2 stars from CD-ROM Today
Based on the Warner Bros.
Includes text, film footage, pictures, sound effects,
animation, and fun learning exercises. Kids like to read books and they love to
watch movies. That's why Sound Source created the Interactive MovieBook Series
based on current silver screen versions of classic children's tales.
"Read to Me" button provides narration in
either a boy's or girl's voice, while highlighted text accompanies the
Film strip buttons trigger movie clips, and
display a preview of the scene.
Many "hot" buttons animate when clicked,
accompanied by 3-D sound.
Readers assemble jigsaw puzzle screens by
answering reading comprehension questions at the end of each chapter.
Windows - 386DX 33mHz or better CPU with 4MB RAM (8MB
recommended), 256 color VGA monitor, 15MB free disk space, CD-ROM drive (double
speed recommended), sound card (stereo for Qsound enhancement).
Windows XP users: Run the INSTALL program on the
CD-ROM and *DO NOT* install Video for Windows 1.1.
New Media, September 1995
"I was a bit worried when I volunteered to help in a
fourth-grade bilingual class in a San Francisco public school...Here's a little
insight into the discs my team of reviewers especially liked and why.
"Black Beauty is an interactive book with photos and video.
It was a big hit with the girls, who gathered around as we took turns reading
this classic. That wouldn't happen with a traditional book, and it was
especially helpful given the kids' varied reading abilities."
CD-ROM Today, May 1995
"Sound Source Interactive is teaming up with movie companies
to offer a new series for kids ages 3-8. The series is called MovieBooks, and
each title combines the abbreviated text of classic kids' stories with clips
from recent Warner Bros. and Paramount movies. To date, there are three
MovieBooks available, each of them a classic: The Secret Garden, Black Beauty, and
"All MovieBooks follow the same, easy-to-use setup of
opening up the contents page, picking a chapter, and starting to read. You have
two options: read the text yourself, clicking on hot spots and hypertext as you
go, or have a boy or girl narrator read to you. I find that being read to works
very nicely since the experience is closer to watching a movie. Each sentence
is highlighted as the narrator reads, so kids can follow along and pick up some
"Reading the text yourself, however, gives you a bonus game:
a picture puzzle. To get to the puzzle, you must answer a reading comprehension
question correctly. The questions are very easy. Plus, when you start the
puzzle, you can already see half of the picture. At the end of the book, you
can print out the completed picture. Finally, when you are through being
entertained, these Windows programs include for you a convenient
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