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MyBackpack - Waterford Learning

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Free games, stories, songs vary in quality and target age.

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The four components form a bit of a hodgepodge that varies in quality and appropriate target age range. The nursery rhymes are most appealing for the young preschool set, but kids won't be ready for the mental math games until early elementary school. The storybook collection has classics from a variety of cultures and feature print-quality illustrations and multiple read options, but a few books won't open or they freeze. Most appropriate for an early elementary group, the songs are the most disappointing: Lyrics and story lines are not always easy to follow and, without larger context, lose much of their potential to drive home a point. The reading options -- while fairly standard in children's ebooks -- are great to have, and kids can tap on single words for pronunciation if they're reading on their own and get stuck. Also, having the content available in Spanish is a big plus. Though there aren't many of the interactive features kids have come to expect, and there are occasional glitches and delays, there's a lot of content, and all for free, so parents can pick and choose the parts that work best for their kids.

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