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Who better to inspire a young child to learn to read than an adorable, furry friend? Perhaps a cast of furry friends, all winsome, witty, and wonderfully loveable and all not only present, but at their best in this two disk set.
In Disk 1, "Elmo’s Get Set to Read," the user chooses from among six books, each featuring a different ready-to-read activity. In addition to Elmo, the program’s cheerleader and guide, other familiar Muppet characters make the books sparkle with clever charm. Activities include linking puzzle pieces to create words, beatnik-like rhyming sessions, matching words to corresponding letter sounds, and cooking up words with ‘Chef Cookie’. Three levels of diffiuclty adjust automatically to continually challenge the blossoming reader.
The second disk contains the interactive story "Elmo Through the Looking-Glass." In this parody of the classic Lewis Carroll tale, the user joins Elmo as he travels through a strange land searching for the little red monster he encounters in his bedroom mirror. In addition to read-a-long text, the story’s pages include delightful clickables as well as many simple learning adventures. Clicking more than once on a story character elicits a number of different responses.
The disk 1 activity "Zoom Me Up Up Up" also garnered major applause. Martian Monsters searching for items to take away in their spaceship elicit giggles galore as they vehemently shake their heads and mutter "yup, yup, yup!"
Disk 2 provides for three different modes of play. The 'Read to Me' option lets the child sit back and listen to the story as it is read without interruption. 'Read and Play' introduces the interactive aspects of the story, allowing the child to take an active part in the manner in which the story unfolds. Finally, the 'Index' takes the user directly to a favorite story page for additional exploration.
PC: Windows 98, 95, Windows 3.1, 486/33 MHz or faster CPU, 8 MB RAM, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, Sound cardreturn to top of page
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