Brill Kids has a new product out, named Storybooks, that I received to review. My dd was thrilled when this package came and we quickly opened it up. There were 5 titles in this volume of Aesop’s Fables: The Lion and the Mouse, The Fox and the Grapes, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Turtle and the Rabbit, and The Fox and the Crow.
The interesting feature in these learning-to-read books is that the illustrations and the text are on different pages. In addition, there is a blank flap that you can use to cover up the illustrations while you are reading the text. So, if you have a child that “reads” the pictures or one that is distracted by the pictures, then you can hide the illustrations until you have read the text with their full attention.
For us, these books were not as great as I thought that they might have been. My dd was frustrated with the blank flap and was not happy with the illustrations being covered. We did appreciate the ample spacing in the text as well as the simple story lines. However, we felt that the illustrations certainly left something to be desired. In the first book, The Lion and the Mouse, my dd was unsure at first what the figure representing a mouse even was.
I also decided to enter the text from The Fox and the Crow book into the Lexile analyzer and the score that it returned places this book in the fourth grade reading level. Overall, I think that this product is best suited towards children that are reading fairly well and are highly distracted by illustrations.
Pros: easy to read text, classic stories
Cons: illustrations are rather cartoonish
Price: regularly $50, but they appear to be on sale now for $37.50
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I received this product for free for the purposes of this review. I have received no other compensation for providing my honest opinion.