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Eency Weency Spider

Moving Picture Books

Ages 3 mos. to 7 years

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
Kid Appeal
Ease of Use

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The Eency Weency Spider moving picture book is an animated version of the classic story. Beautifully illustrated, and clearly narrated, it is a charming story, well told. Both the DVD and digital download include English narration, English narration plus read-along text, and Spanish narration versions.

Educational Value

Sadly, this implementation is of limited educational value. The lack of interactivity limits the user to watching the pretty pictures, listening to the simple story, and possibly reading along. And the latter is made more difficult by the conflicting pull of watching the animation, or the highlighted text. Lack of Spanish read-along text limits the value as a Spanish language teaching tool. We would rather see this story read in a parent's lap, with a real 'picture book'.

Kid Appeal

Unlike many interactive storybooks with lots of click and explore options, this program is effectively no different than watching a simple video. User interaction is limited to start/pause/stop. Young children of pre-video game age or exposure may sit through it on their own several times, but our young testers were less than captivated.

Ease of Use / Install

Simple - insert the disk, and click on the version you want to see: English narration, English with illuminated subtitles, or Spanish narration.

Best for... / Bottom-Line

The Eency Weency Spider and other Moving Picture Book stories in this series, are best suited for use as travel entertainment for young pre-readers. Children at home will be drawn to other more interactive pursuits.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other interactive book titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the product.

System Requirements
PC: DVD player, sound card, speakers or headphones.

Mac: DVD player .

Mobile devices: iPhone, MP4, 3GP

Reviewed on:
-     Pentium 4 - 3GHz running Windows XP, with 1GB RAM and 24x - CD-ROM
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