LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra eBook Learn to Read Collection: Fairy Tales (works with all LeapPad tablets)
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The first in the series of LeapFrog LeapPad Learn to Read eBooks, this eBook revolutionizes the experience turning classic fairy tales into interactive adventures with loveable friends. Using LeapPad’s advanced features; Fairy Tales helps early readers build phonics and decoding skills with the help of froggy friends. Even better, they can develop sight word recognition and reading comprehension as they climb up the beanstalk! (Works with LeapFrog LeapPad1 Explorer & LeapPad2 Explorer Learning Tablets.)
Touch words to hear them sounded out.
Collect up to 100 key words, for your interactive journal
Unique to the Learn to Read Collection, each magical Ultra eBook features 100 key words like “fast” and “fun” that include: short vowels, blends, long vowel pairs, silent letters and more. Many of these high frequency words have common spelling patterns, helping new readers develop a foundation to transfer learning and expand vocabulary. Hear individual words sounded out, or touch a word to see letters highlight as it is sounded out. This helps kids develop an understanding of letter-sound relationships—the building blocks of phonics. Expand vocabulary with a visual dictionary. Vocabulary knowledge is closely linked to reading comprehension. Tap highlighted words for a kid-friendly definition and see a simple animation that shows a word's meaning or how it's used in the story.
Three Auto-Adjusting Reading Levels
Fairy Tales enhances the way kids learn to read with three reading levels in each story that adjust automatically so kids can read at their own pace. If they get stuck on a word, they can drag the stylus across the word to hear it sounded out. Three levels of text in each Ultra eBook vary in complexity based on how kids perform in comprehension activities. To support reading development, text must be at an optimal level of difficulty. Studies have shown that children who learn to read and write early on are more likely to experience overall success in school.
Seven Action-Packed Activities
Each Ultra eBook in the Learn to Read Collection features engaging activities such as Marksmen, a bow and arrow game in which the reader selects the word with the stated characteristic: short vowel, long vowel, and silent letter at three levels respectively. Story-based reading activities like Word Builder, Shake & Drag and Drag & Drop are designed to reinforce the learning. Designed to encourage kids to think more deeply about the story and assess their level of understanding, performance on comprehension activities determines a child's suggested reading level. Ultra eBooks have integrated mini games that are not only fun, but help move the story forward. As kids play they actively experience what they are reading, bringing stories to life in a whole new way.
What's In The Box?
LeapPad Learn to Read 1 Ultra eBook game cartridge (compatible with both LeapFrog LeapPad1 Explorer and LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer), Parent Guide & Instruction Book
LeapFrog learning library. Take advantage of the library of hundreds of games, creativity apps, ebooks, music, videos and more to keep kids challenged and inspired. From math and science to creativity and reading, we provide fun and engaging learning solutions that adapt to each child’s level and help them build new skills.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #119113 in Toys & Games
- Brand: LeapFrog
- Model: 32017
- Dimensions: 1.25" h x 1.77" w x .46" l, .18 pounds
- Get a leap on reading with two magical fairy tales in this Learn to Read Ultra eBook!
- Features 100 early-reading words and teaches comprehension, sight words, phonics rules and decoding skills
- The stories are written at 3 different levels, progressing from simple text to more complex words and sentences
- Appropriate for children ages 4 to 6 years (grades pre-K to 1)
- Works with all LeapPad learning tablets (sold separately); not with LeapsterGS and Leapster Explorer; Internet connection may be required for cartridge
From the Manufacturer
Get a leap on reading with two magical fairy tales in this LeapFrog Learn to Read Ultra eBook. Each Learn to Read Collection features 100 key words to build phonics and sight word recognition. Collect them all. Only works with LeapPad Explorer learning tablets (sold separately). Features 100 early-reading words and teaches comprehension, sight words, phonics rules and decoding skills. The stories are written at 3 different levels, progressing from simple text to more complex words and sentences Appropriate for children ages 4 to 6 years (grades pre-K to 1). Only works with LeapPad Explorer learning tablets (sold separately). Internet connection may be required. .
Most helpful customer reviews
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful.
More Interactive, But Very Familiar
By Nerd Alert
What is an Ultra eBook? The foundation is a traditional children's picture book, with short simple sentences. Now, add the ability to touch various items in the book to hear sound effects. For example, touch a bird and it chirps. This is like the LeapFrog Tag books, though the tablet (LeapPad or LeapPad 2) lacks the charm of a physical book. However, since it is built from the ground up for the tablet, the bird would also have a bit of animation. There are many things to click on, and it is fun to see what everything does. The tablet can also detect tilt, so you may see an egg roll across the screen if you tilt it to the side, or a character lose his balance if you shake it. Additionally, much like DS games, a few pages react to blowing on the microphone. In short, the books feel more alive than ever before in the LeapFrog line.
The Ultra eBooks also add periodic game breaks throughout the story (around 10 total). As always, you can adjust the difficulty for the age of the child. These games are very short and simple, but do add some solid assistance in learning to spell. It is not like a full lesson, so much as it is sneaking a little bit of extra meaning into the experience. This should work well for kids with short attention spans. The learning element is also supplemented with a list of all the words learned, and the ability to record your own reading of the book. The latter is a little clumsy and unintuitive, but it sounds okay when you get it working.
The two stories presented are basic interpretations of Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs. The LeapFrog characters are used, which is great for kids that already know them. The animation style is very charming, somewhere between the LeapFrog DVDs and traditional story book art. There are not many frames of animation, but what is here is impressive. I can see kids falling in love with the stories and going back to them over and over. Music is pretty good quality and not annoying, with computer reproductions of an orchestra. You probably won't be humming them, but they set a nice tone. The narrator does a good job as well, though he reads it a bit straight, considering the material.
My only complaint about the material is that in adding the spelling lessons and cutifying these stories, they also largely lost their primary educational value. These classic fairy tales were strongly rooted in illustrating important life lessons. The moral of these LeapFrog versions? I'm not sure.
Overall, I think that most children will enjoy the Ultra eBook Fairy Tales and learn a little too. The production values are good and the interactive elements add a lot to the experience.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Abigail G.
My daughter loves this game! She loves reading the stories and playing the games
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
My 5 year old "plays" these books & games again and again!
We definitely like this! I would have paused about the price, but this included two stories, amazing graphics (it's kind of like an animated movie/story book), and some games. Definitely worth the price, though the cost can add up, so we'll have to pace ourselves in buying others.
When we clicked on the first story, we first got a song about how letters make sounds and sounds make words. It was catchy and fun (and not even annoying to me!).
Then it goes to the story, which has periodic breaks for games. I do agree with Leapfrog that this will help my daughter with phonics and sight words. (Sometimes they say something will, and I think it's a reach. Not this time!) Our little guy - who is three - likes to watch her play, so he's learning along with her. The difficulty can be adjusted to make it easier or harder; right now, as a new kindergarten student, we have it at the easiest and it's perfectly at the intersection of ability and challenge, so she's learning without getting frustrated. (She currently knows sounds of each letter and can identify a few basic words.)
The stories were definitely changed from the originals. They are the Leapfrog re-tellings, and - for example - The Three Little Frogs story has each frog build a house and then a wolf wants to play after they've built their houses. They don't let him in ("not by the green of my little frog skin"), but the wolf doesn't huff and puff. Instead, the inferior materials of some of the homes just fall apart when the frogs jump. At the end, the story is softened from the original by having the "wolf" actually just be their dog whose shadow looked like a scary wolf. I liked the new stories, and I think it could be a good critical thinking skills exercise for kids to compare and contrast the original story with this one.
I do wish the game times were separate from the story. Each game time was fun for our daughter (like one with spelling where she got to chose different vowels to complete a word and then the game read the new word to her and taught her a bit about phonics sounds in the process), but each time felt like an interruption to the story itself. My daughter didn't mind, but it still felt disjointed, and I don't think she retained as much of the story. (For example, she had difficulty re-telling it.) I think as she plays with it again and again it will be less distracting, so I don't think this is a major flaw.
Overall, I've been impressed with our Leappad experiences, and this ultra e-book is no exception.