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Hot Dots Jr. Famous Fables

2016 The Tortoise and the Hare.  Retold by Vicky Shiotsu.  Retold by Alistar.  Paperbound.  Southern California: Hot Dots Jr. Famous Fables Interactive Storybooks:  Educational Insights.  $7.50 from Wayfair through eBay, May, '16.

As Amazon's description declares, "Turn story time into an interactive learning experience with four timeless tales and Ollie-The Talking, Teaching Owl pen! This set includes four beautifully illustrated, 24-page storybooks, each with 11 interactive early learning activities designed to help children master important skills. Perfect for independent, self-paced learning, these books and activities help children master reading comprehension and other critical academic skills."  This book is indeed fun.  There is one challenge on each pair of pages, with 2-3 correct and 2-3 incorrect  answers.  Ollie either praises you in words or sings a happy song for correct answers.  This hare laughs so deeply at the hare's offer of a race that he cries.  He makes stops at the vegetable garden, the stream, and a tree.  He decides to take a nap.  The last page declares "And so the foolish hare learned that slow and steady wins the race."  The art on these shiny, plastic 24 pages fits the approach to the story.  Answering the questions for each pair of pages is fun!

2016 The Ant and the Grasshopper.  Retold by Vicky Shiotsu.  Illustrated by Julissa Mora.  Paperbound.  Southern California: Hot Dots Jr. Famous Fables Interactive Storybooks:  Educational Insights.  $7.50 from Wayfair through eBay, May, '16.

As Amazon's description declares, "Turn story time into an interactive learning experience with four timeless tales and Ollie -- The Talking, Teaching Owl pen! This set includes four beautifully illustrated, 24-page storybooks, each with 11 interactive early learning activities designed to help children master important skills. Perfect for independent, self-paced learning, these books and activities help children master reading comprehension and other critical academic skills."  This book is indeed fun.  There is one challenge on each pair of pages, with 2-3 correct and 2-3 incorrect answers.  Ollie either praises you in words or sings a happy song for correct answers.  This well-told version of the story has the ant coming back to her home time and again during summer to gather more and more food.  There is then a two-page spread for fall, during which both continue their activity.  When the ant wakes up one day to snow, she knows that winter is here and she can stop working and enjoy her cozy home.  In the end, the ant feels sorry for the grasshopper, who declares that he has learned his lesson and will treat the ant to a feast next winter.  There is a time to work and a time to play.  The art on these shiny, plastic 24 pages fits the approach to the story.  This male grasshopper wears a hat and eyeglasses and plays a violin.  The female ant has a flower in what would be her hair.  Answering the well-varied questions for each pair of pages is fun!

2016 The Lion and the Mouse.  Retold by Vicky Shiotsu.  Illustrated by Mónica Gutierrez.  Paperbound.  Southern California: Hot Dots Jr. Famous Fables Interactive Storybooks:  Educational Insights.  $7.50 from Wayfair through eBay, May, '16.

As Amazon's description declares, "Turn story time into an interactive learning experience with four timeless tales and Ollie -- The Talking, Teaching Owl pen! This set includes four beautifully illustrated, 24-page storybooks, each with 11 interactive early learning activities designed to help children master important skills. Perfect for independent, self-paced learning, these books and activities help children master reading comprehension and other critical academic skills."  This book is indeed fun.  There is one challenge on each pair of pages, with 2-3 correct and 2-3 incorrect answers.  Ollie either praises you in words or sings a happy song for correct answers.  Perhaps the most helpful contribution of this telling comes when the lion laughs at the prospect that a little mouse can help a big lion.  "I don't know, but I will think of something."  The moral is good and slightly different from the most traditional: "Even little friends can do big things."  The art on these 24 shiny, plastic pages fits the approach to the story.  Gutierrez does a particularly good job with the mouse's facial expressions and especially the lion's many facial expressions.   Answering the well-varied questions for each pair of pages is fun!

2016 The City Mouse and the Country Mouse.  Retold by Vicky Shiotsu.  Illustrated by Jomike Tejido.  Paperbound.  Southern California: Hot Dots Jr. Famous Fables Interactive Storybooks: Educational Insights.  $7.50 from Wayfair through eBay, May, '16.

As Amazon's description declares, "Turn story time into an interactive learning experience with four timeless tales and Ollie -- The Talking, Teaching Owl pen! This set includes four beautifully illustrated, 24-page storybooks, each with 11 interactive early learning activities designed to help children master important skills. Perfect for independent, self-paced learning, these books and activities help children master reading comprehension and other critical academic skills."  This book is indeed fun.  There is one challenge on each pair of pages, with 2-3 correct and 2-3 incorrect answers.  Ollie either praises you in words or sings a happy song for correct answers.  This version of TMCM includes several country activities: hill climbing, floating on a pond in a leaf, and snacking on corn in a field.  When they come to the city, the country mouse asks where the trees are!  A cat offers this version's one disturbance.  When the mice tiptoe from their hole, the country mouse declares city life too dangerous for him, and the city mouse responds "And I belong in the city."  They hug and promise to write letters -- and, as the last page shows, they do.  The art on these 24 shiny, plastic pages fits the approach to the story.  The art in this number is especially well coordinated with the Ollie questions.  "Find the rectangles" and "Find the one in each group that is different" are good examples.  Answering these well-varied questions for each pair of pages is fun!