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4.0 out of 5 stars Takes time to set up, but fun for kids., March 29, 2011
This review is from: Franklin AnyBook Reader - 60 Hour Edition (DRP-4000) (Office Product)
"AnyBook reader uses a simple touch, record, and playback process. A special optical reader, built into the tip, reads unique codes imbedded in the designs of the stickers included with AnyBook reader. It's similar to the way a scanner at the grocery store reads barcodes. Each sticker code is unique. When a voice recording is associated with a sticker placed on a page, Anybook-Reader stores the recording and "remembers" which sticker has been associated with the recording. Touch the sticker again and AnyBook reader plays back the correct recording."

It takes a little time to get this going, but once it's done, your child can have a book 'read' to him any time he wants!!! It's easy for my kids to use and they love being able to play with it on their own. They even like to just record their own voices on the reader.

If your child doesn't know how to read yet, the Anybook reader won't help them follow along. It isn't like a tag reader where you run the pen across a word and it 'reads it'. You simple touch the reader to the sticker and then the whole page is read to your child. But if your child can read even a little bit, this Anybook reader will be a helpful teaching tool.

It comes with a bunch of stickers, and you can always record over a sticker if you are done using it in a certain book. But you can also buy more stickers if you don't want to record over any of them. The stickers don't damage our books and we can easily remove them if needed.

This is a fun tool.
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2011 9:34:33 PM PDT
You could write your own stories too or tell a story and write letters and put a sticker on those and let someone hear your words while they read along with the letter. I think a family with mixed children with hearing and hearing impaired would appreciate this too. I think children could use it as a show and tell at school and create their own 4 page mini book or so to demonstrate how it functions to the delight of the kids and teacher. I noticed no one mentioned this possiblity and surprises me that someone must have thought outside the box with this...and yet no one has mentioned it.
I can think of even more out of the box uses for this tool. Taking side notes for classes during study time. Reminder messages left on notes in the car or at home...say Mom leaves a short message to remind the kids of after school chores or her husband to defrost the meat for super etc. And a parent could leave his voice messages on notes to be given every night they are away on a trip to help a child feel he's in contact with the parent or grandparent. Of course the pen and the notes have to stay together another pen won't work with the same stickers....so you can't send a letter off to another person who has a different pen. But really there are a lot of neat things this cute item can do and more.
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