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This program plays much like a “Winnie the Pooh” cartoon episode. As it begins, Pooh is having rumblings in his tummy. Past experience tells him that this disturbing feeling means he is forgetting something important. But what could it be? Perhaps it’s Eeyore’s birthday, an occasion that mustn’t be neglected. With party planning in mind, Pooh sets off to visit his friends in the 100-Acre Wood and invite them to join the celebration.
Pooh’s friends are hard working. Each is in the midst of a project when Pooh arrives. Although they whole-heartedly agree that Eeyore’s birthday merits observance, they can’t simply leave their duties unfinished. They need assistance, and Pooh (and his young helper) can provide it!
The preschooler travels to six venues within the 100 Acre Wood, completing simple activities and rounding up eager party-goers. When all six learning activities are complete, the story culminates in the ‘Party Spot’, where surprises await and friendship reigns supreme. This new, enhanced version, adds an optional visit to the mysterious 'Echo Tree', where Pooh's words are echoed back in either Spanish or French.
In addition to the six major activities, a Print ‘n’ Learn section offers Pooh-themed printable stickers, name tags, bookmarks, workbook pages and numerical flashcards that can be printed for away-from-the-computer enjoyment. Although the 'EchoTree' language tree is an interesting idea, our young testers did not find it to be a captivating activity -- "it's boring" according to one. Finally, a Progress Chart allows parents to easily monitor their children’s progress with the program.
The program’s cartoon-like quality allows it to capture and maintain the attention of preschoolers more effectively than many other programs in this category. Our tester’s favorite activity, called ‘Pooh’s Dream’, places Pooh in a dream world and asks students to help him climb a cloud-covered staircase by completing picture-story sequences. This task, which requires logical thinking and deductive reasoning, elicited squeals and hand clapping from our charmed preschool audience.
PC: Windows 95/98/Me, Pentium 133 MHz or faster cpu, 35 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 256 color DirectX-compatible Video Card, 4x or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit DirectX-compatible Sound Card.return to top of page
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