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Monday, March 21, 2011

Product Review: BrillKids Aesop's Fables

Rediscover Aesop's Fables with these specially designed story books from BrillKids.

These books have been created in a way intended to help your child learn the basics of reading. When words and pictures compete for a child's attention on the same page, the pictures invariably win out. Due to this, the folks over at BrillKids have separated the text and illustrations onto separate pages. The spaces have been widened between text to allow more focus on individual words. An additional feature is that there is a blank flap extension on the cover so that the illustration can be completely covered for reading instruction.

So what did my beginner reader think of the books?

Henry gave these books TWO enthusiastic thumbs up! He enjoyed the simplicity of the text and the colorful illustrations. He liked keeping the picture covered and revealing it after reading the sentence. Truthfully, Henry enjoyed discussing the colorful glossy pictures more than actually reading the text.

Henry has only been reading a short time, and struggled with some of the longer words such as: around, decides, probably, and changes. Some of the vocabulary was out of his level. Words such as "cunning" and "vain" had to be discussed in order for full comprehension to occur.

These books are not intended to be used as a stand-alone reading program, and are intended to be used with the BrillKids Little Reader program that I reviewed several months ago. Although glossy, colorful, and well-designed, I feel these books are a bit overpriced. For $37.50 you get the five storybooks pictured above, which include the titles of: "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Lion and the Mouse," "The Turtle and the Rabbit," and "The Fox and the Crow." Each book is around 10 pages long and is intended for ages 3 months and older. Click here for ordering information.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Group I received Aesop's Fables vol.1 from BrillKids for free in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.

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