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My daughter received a Leapfrog Tag Junior for Christmas last year. It's a reading system aimed at children between the ages of 2-4. It takes the shape of a chunky pen and when placed over compatible books, will read the story and ask questions about the book. Of course, without any books the reading system is useless so I bought this Dora the Explorer book to go with it.
The Dora the Explorer Tag Junior book is quite widely available to buy from places like Toys'r'us or Amazon, pretty much anywhere that sells Tag Junior reading systems and books. It is quite expensive and usually costs between £8-£10.
The book looks exactly the same as the other compatible books for the Tag Junior. It is around 17 centimetres tall and 12 centimetres wide. The colour scheme is the same green colour with the orange and white Tag Junior branding. It is made from chunky pages as you would find from a baby board book so they are quite thick, the front and back covers are exactly the same thickness as the pages.
In total, there are 12 pages inside the book. The pages are all full of colour and each double page features the Dora the Explorer character and some of her friends from the television program. The main storyline is that Dora is going on a picnic and she needs your help to count out all of the fruit on each page. Each page has a different number on it counting up to ten, there is also a different fruit on each page corresponding to that number. One thing this book does different from the other Tag Junior books is that it introduces a different language, as well as having 'three' oranges' written on the third page, it also has the Spanish equivalent 'tres naranjas'.
The book is used properly in conjunction with the Tag Junior reading system pen, without using the pen the book is just merely another book to add to the collection but it really comes to life using the reading system. When the pen is placed over certain areas of the pages it will say different words, phrases or ask questions. Dora's voice from the television program is used to it is usually familiar to children who watch the show, my daughter doesn't but that hasn't stopped her reading this book. Dora will ask the child to count the number of pieces of fruit and ask them to repeat the Spanish phrase.
This is definitely my daughters favourite Tag Junior book, she will quite often sit there and do this book without asking for me to read it with her. She doesn't usually leave the reading system in one place so sometimes it skips between phrases or questions but she is still engaged and will help Dora count up the fruit for her picnic. One thing she doesn't do is repeat Dora when she says the phrases in Spanish, I'm not really sure why but it's no problem as she still loves the book.
I'd definitely recommend this Dora the Explorer book if your little one has a Tag Junior reading system. It is both mine and my daughters favourite book that is compatible with the reading system. The pages and bright and inviting and I think the fact that it introduces a second language is fab. The price is expensive for what it is but all Tag Junior books cost around the same.
When we bought our daughter the Tag Junior system we bought her a couple of books to see how she would get on with it, we found that there weren't many charcter based books that she would know or want excwept the 123 Dora book so we decided to get her that as we thought with it being a character she was familiar with she would probably be more likely to use the book.
The book is only compatible with the Tag Junior system and you are not able to use it with the next stage in the Tag reading system which is a shame and I personally would have bought her more book if they had have been compatible as we knew we were going to progress to the next system when she was ready. The book costs around £10 and can be bought from the likes of Argos and Tesco although you can pick them up cheaper on Ebay.
The front of the book is green in colour and is based on a baby style book with very thick cardboard pages, across the top of the book there is a header section which has the leapfrog logo on the top left hand corner and the Tag Junior logo in the top right hand corner. The picture on the front is of Dora with a big fruit basket and then there is the Dora the Explorer logo and the information that this book is in English and Spanish. The front cover of the book is very bright and inviting which I always think grabs young childrens attention.
The book contains 6 double pages and follows Dora as she collects fruit for her picnic, she meets different friends throughout the book and collects a different fruit and different amount of fruit on each page. I am not entirely sure of the characters from the show but Dora meets Boots the monkey, Bennie the Cow, a little bird and a big bird. This book is good as it teaches your child their numbers from one to ten and also ten different fruits, the number and the fruits on each Page are written in englisha nd spanish so the book also teaches two languages.
As your child passes the reader across the book the words are read out to them but they also are able to pass the reader over the different pictures and characters for extra interaction. The book is very sturdy and cannot be bent it is that thick, my daughter used this book alot and the book is still like new so they are worth the money you pay and can easily be sold on. On the last page of the book all the fruits you have counted are in Doras basket and myself and my daughter would then go back through what fruits were in thre basket which helped reinforce my daughters learning as there are fruits features which she did not know at the time such as blueberries.
My daughter enjoyed this book and didn't get bored with it so it is definately one i would recommend, I think it helped the fact that it was a character book and I think it helps with a number of different learning topics which is great, we also used it for colours as an added extra as all the pictures are bright and bold so it is easy to pick out all the colours.
When my daughter turned three I bought her a tag junior as I thought it would aid her reading development. As well as buying the tag I had to buy some books to go with it, one of those being this 1.2.3 Dora the explorer book.
A tag junior is basically a small hand held pen that connects with the corresponding books and reads the words out load, provides tasks and objectives for children to follow and basically aids the reading development in general. The tag junior and the corresponding books - including this Dora the explorer book - are recommended for toddlers/children between the ages of 2 and 4.
The Dora book is very plain in appearance; it has a green background with an accompanying picture of Dora on the front. The cover is mainly like this due to the nature of the tag pen, as the pen area that needs to connect to the book is so large; the detail on the book needs to be kept to a minimum so there are no mistakes as to what is being pressed.
This Dora book is a board book and contains a total of 12 pages. It doesn't really look like much but it's the use of the pen that makes the book more exciting. As the basis of this book is an aid to counting, each page has a number on it counting to 10. There is a small, I wouldn't say story but there is an aim to the counting. At the beginning of the book Dora asks for help counting fruit into her picnic basket. The corresponding pictures show Dora and Boots picking different fruit from the trees. As well as having the numbers on each page there is also words stating what the fruit is, these words are both in English and Spanish.
To give an example of what the pen gives to the book I will list several of the activity's given on the first page; Firstly when you click on the sentence on the page Dora asks you to help counting fruit for her basket, If you click on the picture of Dora it gives several different phrases spoken by Dora and again if you click on boots he introduces himself and then he gives the first task which in this instance was "We are picking fruit for our picnic, can you see any fruit, touch the fruit." There are both bananas and a pineapple on the first page so choosing a fruit is not going to be too much of a difficult task. Once you click on the fruit the pen records your achievement which you can then follow up online. As well as that boots then goes on to say "banana, well done, can you say it with us?" This is merely just a small example of what the book can do as there are more than 130 different activities throughout the book.
Overall I think this is a fantastic book, the activity's throughout it are fun and educational and as they are presented so quickly, one after another my daughter doesn't get bored and she will continue to use it until she has finished the book. Also as my daughter is a very big Dora fan she very much enjoys hearing the voices of her favourite characters, Dora and boots. This book has helped her with her counting, her knowledge of different fruits and how to say those fruits and generally it has helped her with her focus and concentration. She tries very hard to listen to an activity and she also tries her best to get them all right.
The only downside I have found with this book is the fact that some of the things are spoken in Spanish. As my daughter is only just starting to learn to read in English pushing Spanish onto her as well seems like a very confusing and silly thing to do. The book is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4 and I don't agree that Spanish should be used in the book. I don't think my daughter understands it and I really wouldn't want her to as it would just confuse her.
Saying that I still like the majority of the book and I think it's an excellent way to get children focused. I wouldn't use these books as a substitute to reading normal books but it's a good addition to go alongside it. I found the spoken words in the book to be easy, clear and concise and my daughter has no problem understanding what they say. I think this is a lovely book and I would highly recommend it. It's durable, easy to maintain, small enough to store and most of all its fun and educational. This book can be bought from amazon for £8.00.