Congrats to my winner- ArmyWife2004
Thanks to my involvement at the Product Review Place, Ethan and I had the opportunity to review a fun product- e-books for kids from Wizz-E. I don't know what your toddlers and young kids are like, but Ethan is utterly obsessed with our computer (possibly because Mommy and Daddy tend to be working on it a lot of the time...) and is always trying to climb on our laps and press buttons. So he had great fun when I was actually doing something on the computer that he could be a part of!
From their website: "Why should my child read eBooks rather than traditional books?We are not trying to be a substitute for tangible books or bed time reading. Our mission is simple: We just want kids to read more, and have fun at it! Some children prefer to read online and to have the help, support and interactivity of an eBook. It makes reading fun. When parents or carers are busy then kids can still have a story they love read to them or read it themselves and click on any unknown words to hear them spoken without waiting for an adult to help. So if kids are reading and having fun - everyone wins."
Wizz-E has a nice selection of books that you can download to keep forever on your computer or just read online. There are several options for the books- either you can hear the story read out loud while the words are highlighted on the screen, or you can press on individual words to hear them pronounced. The stories also have an optional comprehension/recall quiz at the end, so if you have older kids, this would be a great way to test and see what they're understanding! You can preview a few pages of the book you're interested in before purchasing, so you can be sure it's something your child will like. The books range in price from $1.99 to $8.99.
You can search books on the site by age category, with books available for kids from birth to age 8. You can also do a search by author or title, if you know of a specific book on their site that you want to read with your child. The website also has some fun online games to play including a seek and find game and a jigsaw puzzle.
If your child is anything like mine, he or she will absolutely adore these e books- the main challenge is going to be getting control of your computer back. Ethan just kept saying "more, more" every time we finished reading a book. He loved the animated pictures and the fact that the computer was reading him a story! The only minor thing that I noticed (not necessarily a problem, but worth mentioning) is that the books are in British English, so there are a few words that are different from ones we would use, and the spelling of a few words (not many) is different. But my kids are dual citizens of the US and Canada, so they need to learn the British spellings anyway :) And I really enjoyed having the nice British accent reading the books- if you have to listen to a kid's book being read over and over, a British accent is a big advantage.
One of you is going to get to win a set of 5 free e-books!
To enter (please leave your email address in your comment or make sure it's visible in your blogger profile):
Visit the Wizz-E site and let me know what books you would choose for your account if you won.
Extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each):
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3) Blog about this giveaway (three extra entries- please leave three separate comments)
Giveaway will end at 9 PM PST on December 7, 2009. I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email the person, who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!
Disclaimer: I was given access to these e-books so that we could test them out for ourselves and write this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions here are mine and mine alone.