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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this DVD game stays true to its source material: the Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. It adds interactive games to the reading of the book, and even has two that parents and kids play together.
What's it about?
With GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU DVD STORYBOOK GAME, kids as young as 3 can enjoy having Sam McBratney's book read aloud while Anita Jeram's watercolor illustrations come alive as animations. The book pages show up on the TV screen, the words highlighted as they are read, and kids use the DVD remote as a controller to play games embedded in the storybook. The DVD also offers two games designed for parents and kids to play together.
Viewers use the arrow keys of the DVD remote to turn the pages; most pages also offer an option to explore one of eight activities including counting and listening games. In one of the listening games, kids hear an animal sound and then are asked to select which animal made the sound. Kids can scroll over three different animals using the arrow keys; the outline around the animal changes color when you are on it so you know which one you are choosing.
Is it any good?
Guess How Much I Love You DVD Storybook Game stays true to its source. This is a tender story about a little rabbit trying to express his love for his parent. That love comes through in the gentle but charming animations and the use of musical accompaniment.
All of the interactive activities are well planned for ages 3 to 6. The games are careful to encourage kids to try a different option if they select the wrong answer, and they teach concepts appropriate for preschoolers, including learning colors and how to mix them, counting, early rhyming, and listening skills. We particularly liked the two games designed for parents and kids to play together because they foster social interaction that mirrors how Big Nutbrown Hare plays with Little Nutbrown Hare. This is a fabulous way to bring a classic children's book to life, and a great example of how to port a children's book into a DVD game.
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