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ZOOM

Start to Read:
A Different Tune + It's Magic

$9.95 (Win 95/98/Mac) (CD plus Book) (TUNEREADDR)

Publisher: School Zone Interactive

Children: Reading

Level: K-1

Two Great Ways to Learn

Double the fun and the learning using the latest interactive technology and a traditional storybook. The CD and the book contain the same two entertaining stories. Both stories include repeated and rhyming words plus illustrations with lots of picture clues to ensure reading success for beginners.

Features:

Dictionary: Users view colorful pictures and listen to definitions to build a reading vocabulary of exciting new words.

Create a Story: An array of choices help students create their own stories. Includes: 181 picture stamps, 120 word stamps, 26 colorful background scenes, 27 colors and 6 drawing tools.

A Different Tune: This story tells what happens to Bill, who is different from the rest.

It's Magic: Readers meet a rabbit that gets tired of the role he plays in a magician's act.

Parent Guide:

School Zone introduces two delightful stories to your child on CD-ROM and in a storybook. A Different Tune and It's Magic have what the very youngest readers need - engaging, predictable stories, lots of picture clues, and simple vocabularies that include many repeated and rhyming words.

CD-ROM:

  • Your child can choose two ways to enjoy the stories! Children can listen to the stories read aloud or read them independently.
  • Your child can look, click, and laugh! Children love to search the illustrations for clickable animations.
  • Your child can learn new words! The Dictionary defines most of the words in the stories in language young children understand. Children can listen to the definitions or read them.
  • Your child can produce stories! Create a Story lets youngsters assemble their own stories with text and illustrations; dozens of stamps, backgrounds and colors provide abundant choices.

Requirements:

Windows 3.1/95/98/NT: 486DX-66 MHz or higher, 16 MB RAM, 640x480x256 color video, 8 bit sound card, 40 MB free hard drive space, 2x CD-ROM drive.

Macintosh: Mac OS 7.1 or higher, 16 MB RAM, 640x480x256 color video, 8 bit sound card, 68040 or faster processor, 20 MB free hard disk space, 2x CD-ROM drive.


Reviews:

The Kid's Domain by Joy Geizer

"As a rule I really don't like "interactive storybooks" because I feel that books are something which should be enjoyed away from the computer and that people spend enough time staring at screens, but this one is done really well with the goal of helping the child learn to read and work with words. My daughter is 7 and went through the entire program in about 1 hour, but she is at an advanced reading level. She said she would enjoy working on creating a story, but would not be interested in reading the stories with the books because she already read them once. I think this would be a great asset to classrooms for children currently at a level 1 or 2 who still need the support and help with reading. They would not feel rushed to read since the computer has infinite patience and the children can spend as much or as little time on a page as they need to."



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