- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some difficult vocabulary, font can sometimes be difficult for a toddler)
- Reading Length: 6-8 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Simple, cute, graphical
What Fruit Am I: Rhyming Games For Kids, is an e-book for toddlers that is written as a learning/activity book. Dan Buckman (the author) has produced this e-book as a question/answer style of reader. The book focuses on teaching children about fruit, and does so through the use of great little rhymes. Accompanying these rhymes are colorful pictures meant to keep toddlers engaged.
This book is stated as a late night reader for toddlers, and that’s exactly how I used it the first night I had it.
Dan has taken the time to produce a solid description and a fun little rhyme for each fruit that he describes. From there, your little toddler will get to pick which fruit it is the page is describing. The good news? When they pick the wrong fruit, they get a consistent page that tells them to go back and try again (and a quick link that takes them back to try again). This little touch kept my guy from getting frustrated by the book. He stayed interested and kept working through it.
One of my favorite things from this book is the simplicity of the illustrations. That’s not to say they’re boring…because they’re not. What I’m saying is that your eyes (read: your toddler’s eyes) quickly go to the important things on the page. This means when your toddler’s figured out it’s a coconut, they will immediately see what a coconut looks like. This pattern helps to make an extremely strong connection between the word coconut, the description of a coconut, and the visual representation of a coconut. It’s really a very strong method of teaching and I like how the e-book format eliminates the time it takes to flip a page.
If I could say anything constructive about the book, it’s that you as a parent will likely need to read this book with your toddler until they’re a fairly proficient reader. The words aren’t incredibly difficult, but I found some of the letters difficult to make out (for a toddler). Similar colors and sometimes difficult to read letters make it important for you to be there. This is a minor issue, as I’m sure my child will know just who Gregory Grape or Banana Barney is after reading the book a few times.
All in all, this is a great learning/activity e-book for children. At a ridiculously (seriously…) low price of $3.00 USD on Amazon, this is a great deal and nothing short of an easy buy. I’ve tried it on multiple devices now and the book works great, making it a great thing to take with you on long trips. I personally hope that Dan continues to create these books (and then shares them with us)!
Here is where you can purchase What Fruit Am I: Rhyming Games For Kids (Learn and Grow Book 1):
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!