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Connie & Bonnieís Birthday Blast Off

Active Arts

Ages 6 to 10

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

Connie & Bonnie's Birthday Blast Off Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

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This surprisingly entertaining program includes an enormous amount of interesting and useful information about our solar system in a remarkably kid-friendly package. Connie & Bonnieís Birthday Blast Off adventure begins when twins Connie and Bonnie, and their debonair poodle Jeff, erroneously receive an invitation to a birthday celebration on Pluto. The thrill-seeking trio readily depart on their lengthy voyage to Pluto, stopping to observe and learn about the sun, the moon and the various planets along the way.

Educational Value
Connie & Bonnieís Birthday Blast Off combines an interactive-story format with a myriad of colorful charts, dozens of science-fair winning projects, a complete paint program, and fun riddles to test the userís reading comprehension and retention. Every page in the story features multiple hot spots that, when clicked, reveal facts about our solar system--the planets, space travel and other space phenomenon. Information is presented in various ways, from monologues, to animated demonstrations, to actual NASA videos.

Kid Appeal
Although the information presented is fascinating, and quite accessible, some of it is overly technical for the programís intended audience. The interactive story portion is clearly aimed at younger readers, while the charts and other technical portions of the program are best understood and appreciated by an older child. . A fifth-grade reviewer complained that ". . .the videos are boring." "My second-grader enjoyed the story, and clicking on the pictures, but didnít really listen to the information presented," was another parentís comment.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
Regardless of the degree to which children digest presented facts and figures, this program is an excellent resource, sure to enlighten and educate its users.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other Science software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 95, 486/66 or faster or faster cpu, 4 MB MB hard drive space, 8 MB(16 MB recommended) RAM, 2X or faster CD-ROM, Windows-compatible sound card

Mac: 68040/40 or faster or faster cpu, 4 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 2X or faster CD-ROM

Reviewed on:

  • PowerMac 6400/200 with 32MB and 8XCD
  • Pentium166 with 24MB and 12XCD
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