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20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Diversity Jan 02, 2004
This touch book has 6 countries that Stella Songbird travels to and you can press the pictures to hear the national anthem of that country and typical instruments played in that country. The countries featured are: Mexico, China, India, Ireland, the USA, and Nigeria. The activity card included has "snapshots" of Stella bird's trip. You press them and they tell you about the animals that Stella met in that country, how to say hello in that particual country, and adds a little melody from there. The other side has a Music Match with animals playing instruments and you match them according to the sound you hear (too difficult for small children). It's not my 2yr old's favorite, but it's entertaining. I think it's neat that it introduces other countries (though little ones don't really have a concept of "countries" yet).
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Wonderfully multicultural Apr 04, 2004
First of all, you need to have the Little Touch Leappad system to use this book. In case you didn't know!
I thought this book was very cute! It is about a bird that travels to different countries (China, Ireland, India, USA, Nigeria) to find her tweet. In the end she discovers her own tweet is just fine.
Each country shows muscial instruments and animals of that country and also the flag. If you push the flag, you can hear the anthem and "Welcome to (country's name)" in English and the native language. I myself learned a lot--I think this book is a good buy because it is fun and informative.
One last thing--this is excellent if your child is Chinese American or Indian American. It gives a good depiction of those countries and help them be proud of their heritage.
The only down point is the pages crinkle and that damn "GO" button!
26 of 33 found the following review helpful:
LAMINATE THE BOOKS! Jul 23, 2004
By Bella's Mom
I think the idea for Littlefingers LeapPad was great...but those ingeneous engineers made one flaw...they need to laminate the books. Or at least put the pages on cardstock! When I bought my daughter the system for Christmas, it came with a book and it was just paper, but I assumed that it was like that because it was the book that came with it. Then, I bought this Songbird book and it was the same way. The pages are easy for my daughter to crinkle and chew through. She's just learning about books and teething...not a good combo. So I really think they need to put some people on their design team that have infants and toddlers. What were they thinking?!