Tag Reading System

No, it's not a toothbrush...

No, it’s not a toothbrush…

The dream of shrinking an entire LeapPad into a single (fat) stylus has become a reality, with the Tag Reading System ($50, www.leapfrog.com for Mac/Windows), which for the first time can also capture a child’s progress.
In 1999, the LeapPad made news by allowing children to touch any word or picture to hear the associated sound. But every page had to be registered with the reader, and each book paired with a cartridge. If the dog chewed up one or the other, you were out of luck. Tag eliminates the parts by syncing to your computer and storing up to six books in memory. The stories can either be read as audio books through a single clear speaker or headphones, or read in book form, with pages full of audio surprises. The built-in assessment system also recommends new books, at $14 each. These titles include a nice cross section of children’s literature, with titles like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Little Engine That Could and Walter the Farting Dog, complete with sound effects.
New for 2009 — about 12 new books, including more Disney content (Up, Cars, and Ben 10), Spiderman, a Star Wars graphic novel (for older readers); plus Madagascar, I SPY, Olivia, and several Dr. Seuss titles (The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham). Winner of the 2010 KAPi Award. See also Tag Junior. Teaches: Reading, comprehension, word recognition. LeapFrog. www.leapfrog.com, $50. Best for ages 4-12.
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