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Bugsby Reading System

Bugsby Reading System

Fall 2009 Toys
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Manufacturer: Vtech
Price: $29.99
Shaped and decorated as we imagine a bookworm to be, Bugsby is a handheld reading/talking pen that when touched on pages of specially coded books, "reads aloud" words and stories.

Bugsby is battery powered and easy to operate. It comes with one book that is stored on a small flash drive; other books can be purchased separately and work in the same way. The flash drive snaps into Bugsby's back. A red on/off switch is in his "ear." He has a volume control that actually functions, an option to turn the music off, and even a headphone jack.

The Bugsby, while neither a substitute for an adult reading with a child, or a replacement for traditional reading instruction, can be a successful supplemental tool to reinforce listening comprehension, word and letter recognition and reading skills. It makes words the words come alive, and for early readers, that can spell an interest in reading.

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