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I Spy School Days CD-ROM

I Spy School Days CD-ROM

Fall 2000 Software
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Price: $29.95
Review:
Inspired by the “I Spy” series of books, this collection of nine activities combines the trademark I-Spy rhyming riddles with collections of small photographs of objects, animals and other things to create brain teasers that exercise problem solving skills, word play and creativity. Though a little like a one-punchline story, these visually rich games range from Oops Hoops, where kids sort different objects according to types, to Woodblock City, where kids search for items mentioned in riddles in a scrollable woodblock urban center. Graphics are intriguing, a real delight just to look at, especially in the Find Me activity which is wonderfully illustrated with a chalkboard cluttered with drawings, pictures, objects and words. The Nature game uses a magnifying glass to scour for hidden objects, and the challenging Make Your Own I Spy lets kids choose from more than 200 objects and mix them in with their own riddles. Scenes tend to be busy enough to make the search eventful, but redundancy here makes the law of diminishing return applicable—especially to the older end of the age range.
Don Oldenburg   ©2000 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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