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A Lot or a Little?
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The game sends the message that playing learning games can be fun. It also shows kids that helping others is a good thing to do.
Positive Role Models
Reader Rabbit and Sam the Lion are great role models for kids. They are friendly, courteous, funny (they tell each other jokes), and love to play learning games.
Ease of Play
The game is played using the DS stylus and is easy to figure out. Some of the graphics are a little small, but can be read.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Reader Rabbit Kindergarten is an entertaining educational game on the Nintendo DS that actually speaks to your child. The game offers eight educational games set inside a fun adventure. The difficulty level on the games adjusts automatically as kids succeed, but parents can also go in and control the difficulty. The game creates a progress report for parents, which is accessed in the Options menu.
Is It Any Good?
With an engaging story line that motivates kids to play the learning games, toe-tapping music, funny jokes, and many video sequences that look like Saturday morning cartoons, Reader Rabbit Kindergarten has a lot to offer families of kindergartners. Parents will appreciate the help feature represented by an animated book, as well as the progress report and the ability to set the difficulty level of every game.
A minor gripe is that the graphics showing letters and numbers tend to be too small. However, you can read them. Overall, Reader Rabbit Kindergarten does an excellent job of mixing adventure, education, and entertainment. It is fun having learning games on the DS.
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