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Software Review:    Reader Rabbit 1st Grade: Capers on Cloud Nine!

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Top Pick Reader Rabbit is a trustworthy software character whose name is synonymous with edutainment. With this new 2001 series of Reader Rabbit titles, his look is updated, but the software is just as "edutaining"—if not more so. This first grade title has a dazzling adventure story line that involves children in an adventure and mission. The educational activities that kids need to complete in order to progress in the story are of excellent quality. Kids, for example, balance a tree's branches with equivalent equations, complete sentences, and work with frames in order to create simple animations.

Though the software is very easy to navigate, the educational activities are more advanced then those found in most titles designed for first grade. Parents might need to pull up a chair and give kids a hand, but the experience will be a rewarding one for children. 

Certainly, the graphics, songs, and story all combine to create a very entertaining game. Kids will want to persevere to the end. In fact, those that do will have worked through all activities and subjects enough to come away from the game with an educational advantage.

This title is our top pick for advanced first-graders. 

  • Seamless combination of education and entertainment
  • Plenty of problem solving 
  • Satisfying game-play 
  • Adjusting levels of difficulty.


  • Challenging content for beginning first graders.



For Win/Mac By: The Learning Company     Ages 6-8 Published: 2001


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 Reviewed October 2001                                                                                                    Comments? Email us.

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