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~~~ Leapfrog Good Night Scout ~~~
Our daughter was a little over one year old when she received this plastic book from a paediatrician friend nearly two years ago. She was very interested in it for about six months, and has demonstrated new-found interest in it over the last couple of months. I have tried to pass this item on to other people several times, but am finding it impossible to do so as Millie retrieves it from my bag whenever she spies it.
This rigid wipe-clean plastic battery operated book comes within sturdy cardboard packaging in a style that means one can try before buying. The "last page" of the book is larger than the others, with the exposed top section forming a carry handle. There is also a moon button here which when pushed activates the lullabies. The artwork on the front of the book is cute and enticing.
The back of the book is white. Here is where you find the sliding switch for off, low volume and high volume. It's also where the originally-supplied three AAA batteries are housed.
The book tells a little story about a dog named Scout as he prepares for bed. There are printed and spoken words. I presume that there is some kind of clever inbuilt electronic sensor to match the page turning with the speech as they match each other perfectly.
When she was a year old, Millie loved looking at the pictures, hearing the story and especially hearing the dog bark. Now that she is becoming literate she appreciate how the spoken words match the written words. (Yes, she is advanced - I'm convinced this is because of the baby sign language and not really my fault!)
We continue to be appreciative of this gift, which is both a book and a toy. It really is suitable for infants and young children for several years.
When Alex was a very young baby my husband bought him Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout and my brother the larger my Pal Scout so when we discovered there were more items in the range I kept my eyes open for alternative products on offer.
In Tesco last week they appeared to be having a toy sale offering 20% discount off baby toys and there was just one of these left on the shelf for the bargain price of £5.19 considering I had seen it in Asda the week before at £11.99 this was half of the price so I was not leaving it there.
The book is stored in fairly large cardboard packaging considering its size, it is left on for all and sundry to try before they buy so that is exactly what I did and ended up walking around the shop with lullabys playing!
The book was easy enough to remove from the packaging I simply slid out and then removed the 3 large plastic tags that had held the book in place.
On the reverse is a slider which will turn the volume up and down and also switch it off. The reverse is also where the batteries can be replaced it takes 3 x aaa batteries.
The book is mainly white plastic with green detail which can be recognised with the other leapfrog green that is used on the Scout items. It has a carry handle and there is also a small button that can be pushed in to activate lullabies and it also provides a soothing small nightlight.
The pages contain images of Scout the dog and is nice and bright and also easy enough to keep clean from mucky fingers.
The book tells the story as each page is turned and it also tells the story in a childs british voice in theme with the other Scout products.
Alex likes the book as he can relate to the character Scout and the lullabies are ideal to soothe him to sleep. He is able to help turn the pages and is learning to press the button to activate the different phrases that the book offers.
When I bought the book I did misinterpret that it offered 30 different stories but this is not the case it offers 30 phrases to help baby learn.
The book is suitable from 6-36 months so it does offer some longevity and my husband likes it as it gives him time off from reading every now and then!
I think this is a great tool for introducing reading to your child and we try to keep items similar to help Alex recognise characters he enjoys and he loves his Scout and gets excited when he sees this book at bedtime and nearly always falls asleep with the lullaby music.
I don't think I would pay the full price for this item but as it fell in line with the standard price for a book I thoughit was a worthwhile buy and Alex definately gets a lot of enjoyment from it.