Monday, April 12, 2010

Review: What Am I?

Back in January, I reviewed the Beehive Reader from All About Spelling.  We love that reader, and since we already own it I was blessed enough to be able to pass one on to a friend to use with her special needs child.  Recently, I got the chance to review the still not on the website reader... the next one in the planned series... called What Am I?

Sometime this week, All About Spelling will be unveiling their new website, All About Reading.  This looks so fabulous.  I have to decide if I can rationalize purchasing items, but I know that I will be getting the newest All About Spelling Level.

Anyway, this review is impossibly hard to write.  I already said it all in January.

What Am I? goes along with the first half of Level 2 of All About Spelling.  The stories are longer, but otherwise everything I raved about in the first reader still holds true.  Beautiful, hardbound book.  Gorgeous pictures.  Sweet stories.

You don't have to use All About Spelling to use these readers.  But since I think All About Spelling is amazing, my kids will certainly use the readers alongside the spelling program.

The only negative... I wish it was the books to go with Level 3 that were just now coming out.  Oh, and at $19.95, it is a fair amount of money if you have one child who "gets" reading pretty easily.  For a struggling reader, it is worth every penny.  And if you have a few who can use it, well, even better.

I want to purchase the next reader (supposedly both readers that go with Level 2 are coming out this week), even though I really don't have a child who needs it now.  It will be good review, and it will be nice to use it with my little ones.  Not sure that can happen though.  Like I said, if they were only one level further on, it would then be a no-brainer.

And you can check out what my fellow crewmates have to say about What Am I? at:

Any questions? I'd love to know what you would want to know in deciding whether or not this is something you want to purchase.

Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive What Am I? book for free from All About Spelling.  The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.  It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise.  If I don't like it, you'll hear that.  And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family.  For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.

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