Looking At The LeapFrog 100 Animals Book
Genre: Children’s Books (Age Range: 1-5) (Educational)
Summary & Score: LeapFrog 100 Animals Book is a great book for kids to learn about different animals in a fun and simple way. This book is targeted towards young children throughout the age range it covers (1-5). It’s nice because it provides multiple levels for the child learning this topic thus giving them options on their level of interest on this subject/topic; which is good because it helps them identify their learning style early on. The book has various cute pictures as well, which add to the learning interest of the child.
This book is a great learning tool for young children because it provides them with an easy way to learn about animals in a fun and simple way while also providing them with ways that they can use this knowledge such as comparing various animals together (i.e. Which animal is faster: A cheetah or a pig?) It also helps your child learn the alphabet, specifically all 26 letters of it; although this isn’t really something you normally look for when doing a review on books, I feel since this will eventually help important skills be learned by my little cousin (such as reading) then I felt obligated to include that in here since it will help aid him in those skills.
Recommendation: I highly recommend this LeapFrog 100 Animals book to any parents who are looking for a fun and simple way to teach their child about animals in an educational way, while still keeping it fun and interesting for them because that’s the main focus of this type of book. This is usually done in the form of either picture books or whatnot but I feel this book provides both ways as well so that they can have something like a picture book at all times when learning with animals and then if they get really into the topic and want more information on specific animals then they can look at the numerical parts of the pages where it gives you more details such as how many toes/legs an animal has, what type of hair it has, etc.
I also recommend this book to parents who want to teach their child the alphabet in a fun and simple way as well because the book features 26 different letters with corresponding animals that start with each letter. Overall, this is really a great children’s book and I highly recommend it.
There are some interactive pages throughout the book as well, such as interactive activities that kids can do to enhance their learning experience even further.
The first interactive page is the “Learn The Alphabet” page where it lists 26 animals, one for each letter of the alphabet, and at the bottom left corner it has a button that says “Activate Learning Mode”. If you press this then on each animal there is a picture as well as text explaining what group of animals they fall under (i.e. Farm Animals or Ocean Animals). This really helps aid in learning because it not only provides pictures of each animal but also their name and what type of animal they are too so that kids can easily learn all about each animal individually as well. There’s also an interactive part where kids can select (via pressing buttons) which direction to go on certain pages such as which way is faster, ”
Three Play Modes
There are three different play modes in this book as well that all do different things. The first one is the “Learn Mode” which is basically just a normal children’s book where you read from left to right and there aren’t any numerical parts of pages or anything like that; it’s more focused on just providing pictures with interesting facts about each animal but in a fun way rather than making it seem like they’re learning something important so kids won’t get bored of reading.
The second play mode is called “Memory Game”. This part of the game provides kids with a bunch of cards and then they can try to match pairs up by putting them next to each other based on either category (i.e. which animal has claws) or by other facts such as what type of animal it is, etc. Listed below each card is a group of animals and under the heading “Match” it lets you know which one goes with which card so that kids know where to look for matches.
The final play mode is called “Spelling”. Here kids can spell out words while also learning about animal names too. For example, if they want to spell the word “jump”, then at the top left corner there will be a picture of an elephant and on the bottom right corner there will be a picture of a kangaroo. This allows them to learn about both animals since they’re listed next to each other in the form of pictures along with their name. Finally, if you select “Basic Mode” then kids can do either Memory Game or Spelling.
The Three Modes: There are three different modes in this book as well that all offer different things. The first one is the more standard mode where you read from left to right and there aren’t any numerical parts of pages or anything like that; it’s more focused on just providing pictures with interesting facts about each animal but in a fun way rather than making it seem like they’re learning something important so kids won’t get bored of reading.
The second mode is called “Learn Mode” and when you press the button for it, then every page turns into a spread with numbers around each corner along with letters also located at the bottom corners. This part of the book is where kids learn about each animal and it also gives them a chance to match up the animals that start with each letter. Overall, this is really a great children’s book and I highly recommend it.
There are some interactive pages throughout the book as well, such as interactive activities that kids can do to enhance their learning experience even further. The first interactive page is the “Learn The Alphabet” page where it lists 26 animals, one for each letter of the alphabet, and at the bottom left corner it has a button that says “Activate Learning Mode”. If you press this then on each animal there is a picture as well as text explaining what group of animals they fall under (i.e. Farm Animals or Ocean Animals).
Then, when you press the button that says “Activate Matching Mode” then it will tell you which letter the animal starts with and where on the page to look for them (i.e. if they start with “A”, then to look for them at the top of each page). Next, there is a section in this book called “Learn About Animal Groups”. This part shows kids pictures of animals that fall under certain groups for kids to learn about as well as read interesting facts about too. For example, one group is “Dinosaurs” and it has a picture of some dinosaurs along with information such as their name and what type of dinosaur they are. After that, there’s another pages entitled “Learn The Numbers
In addition to the three different modes in this book, there’s also bilingual features that children can enjoy as well. Most pages have Spanish words at the bottom corner of each page and underneath it is a button that says “Activate Bilingual Mode”. If you press this then on that page, then there will be English words as well. Then when you go over to the next page (or press the previous/next buttons) then they are switched so on the first page where there’s just English text, now there’s only Spanish text instead.
On some other pages, it seems like everything is written in both languages except for a few shorter sentences here and there and because of that, those few sentences stand out even more along with being translated. But, if you press the button that says “Return To English Mode”, then it will go back to all of the text just being in English.
The three modes include:
Learn Mode –
This is where kids actually learn about each animal along with their name and what group they fall under; for example, Ocean Animals or Farm Animals. When you press the button that says “Activate Learn Mode”, then at first there aren’t any numbers on each page but after you turn a few pages, then there are lines going up from each corner towards the middle of the book and along with letters listed in those corners as well. At this point, you can choose which mode you want by pressing either Basic or Advanced.
Matching Mode –
Then when kids press the button that says “Activate Matching Mode”, then it will tell them which letter the animal starts with and where on the page to look for them. -Numbers- This part of the book is where kids learn about numbers by counting up from 1 to 10 as well as growing interest in reading. First, you see a picture of each number along with a word describing what they are (i.e. 6 is a Half-Dozen).
Then, there’s another page that gives you more information about each number such as going over how many are in different groups such as 5 dozen or 9 gross. Next, there’s another page that teaches kids how to read all of these numbers too like saying 2 thousands out loud instead of just 2000. -Animal Groups- In this part, kids learn about different animal groups such as Farm Animals or Ocean Animals and along with that, there are pictures of them to learn what each one is called.
Bilingual Mode –
Then, when you press the button that says “Activate Bilingual Mode”, then a new window pops up that lists Spanish words instead and it has arrows to click on to switch between the two languages just like the previous page. This part teaches kids basic Spanish too but in a fun way by using animals for example (i.e. say Estos otros animales.) Each book also comes with a code for an online world at leapfrog100animalsworld .com where children can enjoy even more games focused around these same.
LeapFrog 100 Animals Book Conclusion
Available in Green or Pink in standard or frustration free packaging. For the price, this LeapFrog 100 Animals Book is a great gift idea.