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The book is hard back and does have quite a good quality feel to it; the pages are quite thick too and beautifully illustrated with bright and colourful images of Tinkerbell and her friends. The voices are believable and true to character, especially in this one as they capture the characters and the storyline.
The story itself is all based around a new fairy arriving into Pixie Hollow and she tried to understand what her ‘thing/talent’ is by looking what all the other fairies do, eventually, she finds out what her true talent is….
You can read the story at once by touching the pen on the ‘read the story button at the beginning’ I must admit, this is the one that Lauren seems to play with the most, especially if we are in the car for a long period of time. When looking at together, we like to press the read a page at a time as we can the focus on perhaps difficult words or discuss the story, feelings etc in more detail.
The book is recommended for children aged 5 – 7 which I would say is quite accurate for the reading element, there are some larger words on this book which Lauren was not familiar with (either to say or to read) but the Tag pen helps her read the words and then either myself or my other half would explain that they mean which was great as it means we still have the interaction.
Some of the other activities in the book are a little too young for that age range, for example of activity is to match the items with the seasons, for example snowman with winter, Lauren is already aware of the seasons as she did this at nursery to I would say this element is more suitable for younger children, having said that, she does enjoy playing these games and I feel that she gets a sense of satisfaction when she gets the answers right. There are also games around sound, for example, ‘press the hammer to hear what noise it makes’, ‘press the safety pin to see what noise it makes’, the book will then play a few sounds and you have to guess what they were.
Another element of the book is around feelings, the book asks you to find an unhappy picture of Tinkerbell, it will then talk through why shes feeling unhappy and ask how you would feel which I think is great at helping children to understand different emotions.
I would recommend the book, this gets 5 out of 5 stars.
This Christmas we bought my little girl the Leapfrog Tag reading system which is basically a talking "pen" that has special books that you load onto it and it helps young kids learn to read books and also enjoy books by themselves.
One of the books we bought to go along with the reader was a Disney fairies book, Tinker bell's true talent. She is a big Disney can so I knew this would go down well and she loves reading this book and looking at the pictures. The book is very well made. It's a hardback book and is full of lovely colourful pictures and bold text.
There are various ways in which you can utilise this book. You can use the reader to read the whole story for you by just pressing it onto the symbol on the first page that says, "read the story." My little girl likes this option as she is only three and doesn't use the reader to its full potential yet so she likes to hear the story fully. It is read is a nice calm female voice with different voices obviously for the different characters. You can also just have the reader read a page at a time which is good as there are different things to do on each page like games and hear different sounds. For example, on one page when you press the star button which means "game" it asks you to,"Touch the picture of Tinkerbell where she looks unhappy." You then use the reader to touch her picture and you get confirmation that you got it right. It's great because you can touch so many different things on the page and the reader will make a noise. For example on one page Tinkerbell is holding a tea kettle in one drawing and when you place the pen on this kettle it makes a sort of boiling noise.
The main synopsis of the story goes like this. "A new fairy had arrived in Pixie Hollow and it was time for this little fairy to find her talent. "How will I know what my talent is?" the fairy wondered. But soon she knew. When the little fairy held the hammer, it began to glow. She was a tinker fairy now, called Tinker Bell!"
Tink was upset to find out though that she was not able to go to the mainland, only nature fairies could do that so in this book Timkerbell tries to find a nature talent. For example, she tries to be a water fairy, a fairy who puts dew drops on spiderwebs but she can't do it. Then she tries to be a light fairy, a fairy who grabs sunlight and tosses it at fireflies to make them glow but she can't do this either. I won't spoil the ending for you but in conclusion Tinkerbells learns an important lesson, "Always be true to yourself." A nice lesson to teach little girls in my opinion.
There are a few games at the end of the book including the Fairy seasons game. This is a spring and winter game where the narrator names certain items and you have to decide whether you find them in winter or spring. For example some of the things are, Snowman, Butterfly, Cloud, Tree branch , Icicle and Blossom.
At £15 yes, this book is expensive but it has so many different aspects to it that I know my little girl will enjoy for years to come.
Use your Tag Reading System (388397 or 388389) to bring this Tag Library story to life! Tag allows children to hear their favourite characters speak, listen to pictures sing and hear the words on the page spoken aloud! TinkerBell longs for a new talent that will take her to the mainland. Read along in this magical tale as TinkerBell discovers that being true to herself will take her farthest of all. After the story, play learning activities that help build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills! Tag Library - Disney Faries TinkerBell from Leapfrog features memory skills, sorting and classifying, making predictions and seasons! Add this Tag Library book to your collection!