Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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A fantastic start for toddlers
Leapfrog Tag Junior Book Pal
Member Name: jkf11
Leapfrog Tag Junior Book Pal
Advantages: Easy to use, Encourages independence, Interactive
We bought this for our daughter for Christmas 2011, she is 2 and a half years old. She absolutely loves it. She loves reading books and this seemed a great way for her to enjoy books but also actively take part in them rather than just being read to.
You press the device against the page of a Tag Junior book and it talks. If you touch the text, it says the words out loud. It does not allow you to select individual words, it reads the entire paragraph. It also says phrases when you touch the pictures on the pages. All the available books are different so they all do different things. Sometimes the device just reads things out loud, other times it asks the child to touch a certain picture or follow an instruction. It then congratulates the child for correctly following the instruction.
The device is designed especially for small hands and my daughter has no problem in holding and using it. There is a volume button and an on/off button. It really is that simple to use. You just switch it on, touch the page of a Tag Junior book and it automatically knows which book you are reading and begins.
You need access to the internet and a computer to use this device. You need to go to the Leapfrog website and download "Leapfrog Connect" which is free. You then create an account which is simple and easy to do. You buy a Tag Junior book then plug the device into your computer using the supplied USB cable and log into your account. You can then manage your device. You select the title of the Tag Junior book you have purchased and then the audio will download onto your Leapfrog Connect account. You then add it to your device with a click of a button. It sounds long-winded but honestly, I set up from scratch and downloaded 3 audio books onto my daughter's device in about 20 minutes and now the account is set up, any further books I purchase will only take minutes to add to the device. The device only holds 5 books but you can keep all the audio in your Leapfrog Connect folder and then remove and add books at the click of a button.
An added little bonus is that you can add your child's name to the device so when you switch it on it says a greeting including your child's name which my daughter thinks is fantastic as it's talking directly to her. It also says your child's name in a goodbye message when you switch it off. My child does not have a popular name and I was very impressed it had her name on the database.
We have bought a variety of books and they are all educational in different ways and I can honestly say in just a few weeks I can see a difference in my daughter's knowledge and her ability to follow the instructions. I thought it would be something that I would have to encourage her to use but she plays with it on a daily basis and talks along with it, it's so lovely to watch.
In addition, I have purchased a Tag Junior carry case which protects the device and also holds the books. It is great quality and rather than putting it out of reach for fear of it being damaged in the toy box, it can be left within reach and my daughter can play with it whenever she wants.
The device uses 2 AAA batteries but I cannot say how many hours use you get because my daughter has used this everyday since Christmas and I am yet to change the batteries so very impressed!
If you want to give your child a great start to reading and also want to help children become interested in books/reading, I really would recommend this device.
Summary: Worth every penny
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