The Lion and the Mouse
. Educational Insights . Southern California
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"As Amazon's description declares, "Turn story time into an interactive learning experience with four timeless tales and Ollie -- The Talking, Teaching Owl pen! This set includes four beautifully illustrated, 24-page storybooks, each with 11 interactive early learning activities designed to help children master important skills. Perfect for independent, self-paced learning, these books and activities help children master reading comprehension and other critical academic skills." This book is indeed fun. There is one challenge on each pair of pages, with 2-3 correct and 2-3 incorrect answers. Ollie either praises you in words or sings a happy song for correct answers. Perhaps the most helpful contribution of this telling comes when the lion laughs at the prospect that a little mouse can help a big lion. "I don't know, but I will think of something." The moral is good and slightly different from the most traditional: "Even little friends can do big things." The art on these 24 shiny, plastic pages fits the approach to the story. Gutierrez does a particularly good job with the mouse's facial expressions and especially the lion's many facial expressions. Answering the well-varied questions for each pair of pages is fun!"