Mother Earth's Preschool: Learning Birds, Vol. 1

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Puzzle game about identifying bird calls.

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Easy enough to navigate with a finger, but kids will probably have a hard time distinguishing one bird call from another.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mother Earth's Preschool: Learning Birds Volume 1 is designed to teach children about 12 different species of birds including robin, cardinal, and canary. It uses illustrations and narrations from Elizabeth Gordon's 1912 book "Bird Children" and adds a puzzle game where kids listen to three different sounds and identify which one is the sound made by the particular bird.

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MOTHER EARTH'S PRESCHOOL: LEARNING BIRDS VOLUME 1 presents a case where it would have been better just to create an interactive book and leave the puzzle part out altogether. The classic "Bird Children" illustrations - various birds with children's faces - are charming, and the text is narrated in a pleasant voice-over. But before kids can get to the excerpts they have to play awkward puzzles that involve listening to three sounds and identifying which one is the sound that the bird makes. While there are some everyday sounds thrown in, often times you'll be asked to compare one bird call to another, which would be challenging for adults let alone preschool-aged children. Likely kids will be inclined to skip past the puzzles so they can get to the story elements.

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