A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The messages in the books vary, but they are all positive and encourage kids to learn while reading.
Positive Role Models
Each book is different but the characters all exhibit positive characteristics including helping others.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this smart toy is designed to read special board books aloud to toddlers and preschoolers. It can hold up to 5 books in its memory and parents can swap out which books are in the toy's memory by connecting the toy to the Internet. Connecting the toy to your computer also allows it to generate a report showing you how your child played with the toy. Parents who own last year's Tag Reading System need to know that Tag Junior cannot read Tag books.
Is It Any Good?
Tag Junior works well as an electronic reader. Because it uses voice, music, and sound effects, it creates a fun, rich reading environment. For example, with the add-on book "ABC Animal Orchestra," toddlers will not only hear the letters of the alphabet, but they will also hear music from 26 alphabetical musical instruments including the baboon's bassoon and the vulture's violin.
However, the manual warns against dropping the device or getting it wet by spilling drinks on it, two events that are very likely to happen since this is a product for toddlers and preschoolers. Nonetheless, this is an excellent smart toy that can read to your child when you aren't available.
Online interaction: This online interaction is for parents. This smart toy connects to the Internet to allow parents to download new audio content. The Tag Junior can hold up to 5 books in its memory. Parents can also access reports about how their kids play with this electronic reader.
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