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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sesame Street eBooks!!

I’m so excited to post this…this is my first REVIEW post ever and I couldn’t ask for a better one to start with, especially with the new school year just beginning!! 

I had the wonderful opportunity to review Sesame Street eBooks, through their distributer, Impelsys!  Over the past month, both myself and the kids I spend time with all had the chance to read many of the Sesame Street eBooks!  It was fun to get to test Sesame Street eBooks site and read the books!!  I was able to “test” the Sesame Street eBooks on three different kids, that are three different ages!

What is an eBook? “An eBook is a digital version of a printed book. When you read a Sesame Street eBook with your child, you can make story time extra engaging with bright pages, audio narration, interactivity, animation, and more. Best of all, Sesame Street eBooks are ready to read right here, right now!”*

The Sesame Street eBooks have four different formats of books on their site:

  1. Read: eBooks allows you (or your child) to read aloud at your own pace*
  2. Read & Listen: Audio eBooks include fun Sesame Street audio narration, sound effects and music*
  3. Read & Play: Interactive eBooks invite your child to to interact with the content in playful and educational ways*
  4. Read & Watch: Animated eBooks bring beloved Sesame Street characters and stories to life in full-color animation*

The Sesame Street eBooks also have two different ways to read the eBooks on their site:

  1. Automatic: The pages of the book will turn on their own!
  2. Manual: When you are done reading that page, you click NEXT.  You can read at your own pace!

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18-Month-Old & 4 Year Old with an Adult

The first kids I “tested” the Sesame Street eBooks were my nieces Emmalee (18-months-old) and Madison (4-years-old).  When we first logged on it took us some time to learn how to navigate around the site, learn about the different eBook formats [see above] and pick a story to read.  However, once we agreed on a story (that was probably the biggest problem, since there were so many to choose from!), both girls were absolutely mesmerized!  Both sat with me for a long time reading eBook, after eBook!  When it was time to stop, they both acted devastated; baby Emmalee even through herself on the ground in protest!  Needless to say they wanted to read the Sesame Street eBooks again!

613614When was the last time you saw two little girls sit so still??!

8-Year-Old Reader

The next child I “tested” the Sesame Street eBooks on was Sophia, the 8-year-old sister to the triplets I nanny for.  It was naptime for the triplets and Sophia had been bugging me to play on the computer, but she really needs to be reading and not playing on the computer.  I quickly put two and two together, and realized she would enjoy the Sesame Street eBooks because:

a) she would get to be on the computer

b) she would be reading

It would be a win-win for both of us! 

Sure enough, she loved helping me log on to the site, selecting that she wanted to read an eBook, the narrowing it down by genre (she chose Neighborhood/ People & Places) and then scrolling through the many book options until she settled on the eBook, I Want to be President

Being the expert reader she is, she read through that book and couldn’t wait to pick another one to read.  After reading a couple of Sesame Street eBooks, she wanted to try out an Interactive eBook, and gave Hide and Seek: Near and Far a try, which she loved as well!

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Sophia loved the ability to not only be reading, but to be able to be on the computer, navigate the Sesame Street eBooks site and pick which eBooks she wanted to read all on her own!  (Okay, so I sat there with her too, I didn’t want to be left out!)

4-year-old on her own

Madison by far loved the Sesame Street eBooks best.  She constantly asks to go to the Sesame Street site and read the books, which isn’t a bad thing!  She even learned how to “read” the Audio eBooks on her own.  She loved feeling the independence of “reading” the Audio eBook by herself and getting to click” NEXT page on the mouse when we had it set on manual!

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Our Top 7 Sesame Street eBooks we read were:
                (in alphabetical order)

Abby in Wonderland
Eat Your Colors
Hide and Seek: Near and Far
I Want to be President
My First Pet
My First Sleepover
Rhyming Repunzel

       
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If you subscribe to the Sesame Street eBooks, you and your child can access more than 100 hundred Sesame Street eBooks at anytime, in the comfort of your own home! 

I highly recommend this site to all “my” moms, I work with and know!  This site is great for all ages, whether they are toddlers who love the bright colored pictures, the preschooler who wants to do everything on his/her own or the elementary school reader who wants a different type of media to read….everyone will love it!

Sesame Street eBooks offers FREE eBooks of the week for people to try them out!!  Check out Sesame Street eBooks FREE eBooks of the WEEK and be sure to click the widget below!!  I know you won’t be disappointed and will be subscribing for the year long membership in no time!  I know I will be for “my” kids!

                                          


Happy reading everyone!!!!

TTT

 

 

* Information came from http://ebooks.sesamestreet.org/staticcms/whatisebook

In order to do the review I was given a one month membership to Sesame Street eBooks.  The review I posted above is completely and entirely my own personal opinion of the product I reviewed.

6 comments:

Sherri said...

How cool! I love that you included pictures...fun to get to review something!

One Cluttered Brain said...

How cool is that! I love Sesame Street when I was little! My little girl is gonna LOVE it!

Andrea said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following! I'm following you back! Have a great long weekend!

Andrea
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Inspiring You To Save! said...

Visiting from the Blog Hops! I love your site. I can't wait to get to know you better. Stop by when you get the chance. I have a Meet Me Monday blog hop and I would love if you could join in. It lasts all week long. Hope to see you then!

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Kristen said...

What a great review and how fun for you to have had the opportunity to use those ebooks. The kids all looked like they were having a great time.

Chanel said...

This was a really good review. Thank you. I think this would be a good thing to use with my daughter who is 2. She loves to read (well, be read to).

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