Monday, November 29, 2010

Books that are so much more!

My Animal Family is a group of books put out by Smart Kids Publishing, Inc.  These are books about different animal families, such as elephants, lions, chimpanzees, polar bears and others.  Each captivating  storybook is wonderfully illustrated and comes with a DVD about the animals featuring real animals, in their real habitats.  Each book also includes membership access to the My Animal Family website, which is an online world of fun and games for kids.  Each book gives you access to that animals habitat online. 

We received Nanuq, A Baby Polar Bears Story.    We decided to turn this into an entire polar bear study.  We read the book together.  We loved it so much we have read it over and over since then. 
The next day we decided to watch the movie.  It was very neat!  Very real!  It even came with an original song, while I found the song annoying, the kids loved it.  They especially love that there is a sing along version with the words right on the screen. 

Next I set up the website for them, you create a character based on gender and age, that way you get activities tailored to the child’s level.  This is great.  The only downfall of it for me, was that my children vary in levels.  I have a 5 year old and a 10 year old.  I was not able to set up two characters at two different levels.    There is a solution to that, you can purchase a membership to their website for $5.99 a month, or they have discounts for extended memberships.  The books are $12.99 each and include membership.  I set the website up for my 5 year old.  She had so much fun exploring and playing the games.  Some of the games are just fun, puzzles of polar bears, some are more educational (trivia) type in nature.   Each time you play a game, you win “money”  to use in the store.  You have to purchase certain items to do certain things, such as an ice pick, to break an ice cube with a cupcake in it for you to eat. 

  My entire family loved this book and it is actually something that I am planning on purchasing for some young children in my family for Christmas presents.

To see what my crewmates thought of this book and more check out our crew blog!

{I received this book, DVD, and website membership for free for review purposes as my part on The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew.   All opinions expressed here are my own.  I received no other compensation.}

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