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Giveaway Results: Vtech V.Reader (Valued at $59.99)

Sorry! This contest is now closed! We would like to congratulate Trica (Commenter #72) on winning this great giveaway! Check back here soon for another great giveaway and thank you all for entering!

Hurray for another giveaway! I am so excited to share this giveaway with you because I am such a fan of great reading tools and anything that can get your children excited about reading.

Today we are giving away a Vtech V.Reader that I have had the fun opportunity of sharing with my own family. If you want to learn more about what we thought about it, you can read our review of the V.Reader here.

Here is some information about the V.Reader that we will be giving away today:

Animated Storyteller:
Stories come to life through vivid animation, narration, character voices, graphics, sounds and music. Young children engage with stories by watching, reading and learning. They follow their favorite character’s voice, play reading games and use the story dictionary.

Downloadable Fun:
With a rich download library, more than 100 additional stories will be available via a download library located on the VTech Web site (www.vtechkids.com), including some free titles, more themes and avatars to customize their e-readers. V.Reader is compatible with a PC or Mac computer.

Track Progress:
Parents can join in on the fun and learning process with the features that include progress reports and reading certificates.

Lovable Characters:
Children’s favorite licensed characters come to life and help them learn with 11 software options (with more titles to be added in the near future).

Touch and Read System:
Kids have two play options – listen and follow along to the story as read by animated characters; or touch the screen and play reading games to learn each word or sentence.

Reading Skills:
Your child learns the necessary building blocks to grow into a fluent reader. V.Reader teaches reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and word building, along with a story dictionary that describes word definitions in a manner that’s easy for them to comprehend.

V.Reader will be available exclusively at Target June 20 and nationwide in August at all key retailers and online at www.vtechkids.com.

Today we are offering one lucky reader a VTech V.Reader (valued at $59.99) to encourage more fun reading this summer! There are three easy ways to enter…

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One winner, chosen at random, will receive a VTech V.Reader. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (06/06)8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: The Vtech V.Reader

My family has become  a huge fan of the electronic book craze. Since I do a lot of traveling with my work, my husband purchased a Kindle for me to reduce my baggage load on my flights. I am one of those people that is always afraid that she won’t have enough reading material and would tote around six hundred books on each trip for fear I would run out of enough to read. The Kindle has definitely made my luggage considerably lighter!

Lucky for me, my children seem plagued with the “not enough reading material” philosophy. Our last trip forced us to make choices between clothing or books. Don’t you love when you pass on your own weird quirks to your children?

Introducing the new V.Reader to our family library has been a great way to carry around several books with many interactive reading tools for my children. I would say that it is like a child’s size version of an adult e-book reader that offers loads of tools and games to make reading fun for your child.

The picture quality is impressive and one of the best that I have seen from the company to date. In the past, I have been disappointed with the eighties-style graphics and tools. This product is more on standard with what I would expect and the pricing on it is comparable to other reading tools, but offers a lot more punch with games and fun ways to interact with your books.

The age bracket is intended for ages three to seven. My seven year old could easily navigate games like the syllable game or selecting words from the text that described what was happening. Admittedly, my four year-old was stumped with the games and could only seem to navigate the one game that came already built into the reader. Because of this reason, I would say that the reader is more ideal for a child between the 5-7 range because they will have a firmer grasp on those beginning reader skills.That is not to say that the reader is not great for listening to and reading words on the screen for a child that is younger, but the game portions are geared towards a child who has a bit of knowledge on word recognition.

Things That Parents Will Love About this Reader:

  • The V.Reader system comes with a book cartridge to get your collection started. The beginner game will keep your child entertained with eight games and a story that they can interact with. This is a great bonus considering most tools come with a horribly basic cartridge that forces parents to immediately start making a cartridge investment.
  • The V.Reader comes with a USB cable that you can use to connect your reader to the computer to download more stories. To date, I am not able to see the library of stories, but the site boasts that many of these will be available for free.
  • The V.Reader does have a headphone jack so your child can insert headphones to listen to the stories and play games without involving the whole family. This makes it a real winner, in my book, and perfect for family trips and a way to keep your child entertained on errand-running or appointment-waiting.
  • The system is kid-tough. It reminds me of the durable equipment made by Fisher Price including a see-through cover that can be shut to protect the reader. The buttons are big, sturdy, and colorful perfect for parents who have kids that like to abuse their toys!
  • The V.Reader is a great reading tool for beginning reading and teaches them the basic fundamentals for reading in a fun new way. They offer reading cartridges with all of your child’s favorite characters including Toy Story, Dora, Olivia, & even the Mr. Men & Little Miss, Shrek, and Mickey Mouse. They currently have licensed eleven lovable characters with, I am sure, more to come in the future!

There are few downfalls with this system other than the fact that it does take four AA batteries (an investment for this reader would be a good set of rechargeable batteries), that the reader has a stylus pen that smaller children will quickly lose (Best Bet- take it out before you give it to them and let them use their little fingers), and that each cartridge is around $19.99 to reload your system. Hopefully, the library of reading material will be cheaper and offer a lot of free reads to keep the cost of loading the reader down for families.

The V.Reader is currently available at Target  and will be available nationwide at all retailers in August!

To learn more about the reader, visit the V.Reader website.

Price: $59.99, additional cartridges are $19.99 each

Website for More Information: V.Reader

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