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Software Review:    Reader Rabbit Toddler  

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The best program to help toddlers master the mouse is fittingly hosted by a mouse – Reader Rabbit’s sidekick Mat the Mouse. Here, she welcomes children to a delightful world where shapes morph into colorful, familiar objects in the sky and break into song, a trail of colors follows swipes of the mouse on virtual coloring pages, and adorable cartoon baby animals look for their parents. Reader Rabbit performs fingerplays to familiar songs, an alphabet train sports big pudgy letters of the alphabet, and a bed of flowers play like musical instruments. 

Children need not point and click with the mouse, though if they’ve learned how, the program will respond accordingly. Instead, children roll their mouse over hotspots in order to activate them. This CD-ROM makes for a delightful introduction to the computer and the mouse, and for children who are still frustrated by mouse usage, a keyboard option allows children to play along by randomly tapping keys on the keyboard.  

The 2002 version includes a bonus CD-ROM, Reader Rabbit's Dreamship Tales, which offers printable activities, sing-along songs, and bonus activities.

Note: This software is an older title and hard to find. See our review of Giggles: Shapes - a current game designed for babies and toddlers.

Pros:
  • Wonderful graphics
  • Thoughtful features
  • “click-free” gameplay
  • A variety of early learning concepts introduced.

 

Cons:
  • None noted 

 

For Win/Mac By: The Learning Company    Published: 2002
 

 

Our Rating:

A+

To Buy this CD-ROM:

Buy Reader Rabbit Toddler 2002  at Amazon.com

 Updated Review: August 2002                                                                                        Comments? Email us.
 
 

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