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The game instills a sense of curiosity and makes learning fun. There's enough entertainment value throughout to get kids excited about learning while they play.
Positive Role Models
Reader and his pal, Sam the lion, are eager, energetic, and endlessly positive characters. It's nice to see them stay upbeat and hopeful in the face of setbacks.
Ease of Play
Instructions for each mini-game are explained in clear, precise language. Three difficulty levels give kids a chance to progress in their lessons during the game. Second graders should be able to handle the point-and-click controls, but if younger kids have difficulty, it can help to reduce the sensitivity of the Wii remote. This can be done through your console's "Wii Options" menu.
Violence & Scariness
In the opening animated sequence, Reader's flying "dreamship" is attacked by the wicked pi-rats, and bombarded with cheese balls. The blobs of cheese knock Reader and Sam from the ship. They fall to the planet below, but are caught by a passing hovercraft.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade features a lot of solid second-grade curriculum lessons embedded within an adventure game. Kids younger than second grade can play as well, thanks to the three difficulty levels available. If younger kids have difficulty with the controls, try reducing your Wii remote's sensitivity via the console's "Wii Options" menu. Be aware that the game's storyline does have some not-so-scary villains in the form of the pirate rats. The most violent thing the pi-rats do is hit people with blobs of cheese.
Is It Any Good?
Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade features educational mini-games (not always the biggest draw for kids) presented in a fun, cartoon-like manner, complete with fully animated scenes and original songs. The package goes a long way toward making the experience a truly fun one for kids, and not seeming like homework or test prep.
The three difficulty levels cover a lot of ground, so younger kids can definitely play as well (even if they might find the precision-pointing of the Wii remote more of a challenge than their older counterparts). All in all, this is a solid package.
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