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Educational Insights Hot Dots Jr. Interactive Storybooks, 4-Book Set with Ace Pen

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  • Take a trip with Ace and Kat! Four interactive adventure books allow little ones to practice critical preschool skills while also enjoying story time.
  • Each of the 4 richly illustrated 24-page storybooks features 10 activities that cover the alphabet, numbers, counting, shapes, colors, and more!
  • Press Ace to an answer dot-he offers affirmative "ruffs" and encouraging words for correct responses, and gentle redirection for incorrect responses.
  • Helps develop critical early learning skills and provides confidence-building feedback. Encourages self-paced independent learning.
  • Includes 4 Ace and Kat storybooks with 44 interactive activities, and Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog pen. Pen requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).
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Take a trip with Ace and Kat. Four interactive preschool adventure books feature “Ace”—the Talking, Teaching Dog and “Kat”—the Talking, Teaching Kitty in adventures from camping to undersea escapades. Read along with the stories and use Ace or Kat to respond to activities practicing basic preschool skills including letters, numbers, counting, shapes, colors, alphabet, beginning phonics, patterns, sequencing, and more. Ace pen requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).

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Hot Dots Jr. Interactive Storybooks - 4 Book set with pen (1 unit each book + 1 "Ace" Pen) Take a trip with Ace and Kat. Four interactive preschool adventure books feature "Ace"—the Talking, Teaching Dog and "Kat"—the Talking, Teaching Kitty in adventures around the globe. Read along with the stories and use Ace or Kat to respond to activities practicing basic preschool skills including letters, numbers, counting, shapes, colors, alphabet, beginning phonics, patterns, sequencing and more. Ace pen require 2 AAA batteries (not included) Case Pack Quantity: 1 Grades Pre-K+/Ages 4+ The nitty-gritty: 4 Hot Dots Jr. storybooks, 24 pages each 10 Interactive activities in each book teach basic preschool skills.

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Product Dimensions 8 x 8.8 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department unisex-child
Manufacturer Educational Insights
ASIN B00B1Z6AQ6
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 2384
Batteries 2 AAA batteries required.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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#610 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Electronic Learning Products
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By Amanda Hamm VINE VOICE on November 9, 2013
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Each page has a few lines of a story and then presents an activity like find the circles or find things that start with the letter D. Then you tap the pen next to the dots and it flashes red or green depending on whether or not you are correct. It also has sound effects and moderately adjustable volume.

This is billed as something to help kids get ready for school. The Amazon page says 4+, but the box says ages 3-6. It's clearly aimed at pre-readers. But you have to be able to read in order to play with it. If you can't read the question, you don't know which dots to find so I have to sit with my 4-year-olds when they play with this. That's fine except that if I'm right there, they don't need the pen to tell them if they're pointing to a circle. The kids do like tapping the pen though.

Also, one of the books has a story that has you turning pages in the middle of each sentence. This doesn't work well if you have to stop to do the activity before you turn the page. The kid has forgotten the sentence that last word completes.
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[Good]

The four main learning exercises are pretty decent. They range from dealing with letters, shapes, colors, and numbers.

The illustrations are pretty good. They are the best thing about this book er four pamphlets.

The talking pen itself has a decent cartoony design.

The paper quality of the pamphlets aren't bad. They are glossy and colorful.

If you don't feel that digital gadgets like tablets and computers are good for your child, then this is the gadget for you. It's a good blend of analog and digital.

[Ok]

The stories aren't bad, but they aren't good either. In general they don't really stand on their own in terms of being something interesting to read.

The price is fair. It's not inexpensive, but nor is it exorbitant.

[Bad]

I agree with another reviewer's opinion that these books aren't really reading aids, but just learning aids; meaning while they help children learn some really important basic concepts, they're not primarily for helping them improve their reading skills. This isn't really a bad thing, but it doesn't match the product description.

It is not a four book set. It is a four small pamphlet set. The pamphlets are small enough so that they could have easily been combined into a single book.

Keeping the above point in mind, I really didn't like it that the stories were bound as pamphlets instead of books. Yes it would probably increase the price. Yes they do include a decent box to keep everything in. However none of that really makes up for separating everything into four separate, cheap pamphlets. A nice hardcover really does make a difference for a children's book.
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I purchased this set twice, both times as birthday presents for my son's friends, both 3 years old. The kids really seems to enjoy the colours of the book and adore the pen. One of them carries the pen with her wherever she goes.

Planning to making this a standard birthday gift :)
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My granddaughter LOVES Hot Dots. These are such a good educational tool, and they make learning fun. She touches the correct answer with her doggy "pen" and it tells her if she is correct or incorrect. Looking to get more of these now that she is ready to start reading.
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By Webb Family on December 10, 2014
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My son age four, loves these books. My five year old, also plays with these books. It arrived on time and in good condition. As a teacher, I would have expected more from the Jr. Edition. Letter sounds would have been great to see in tge books and sight words.
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Obviously this is marketed as a way to teach kids how to read. If you look at the product image, it may resemble LeapFrog's Tag product -- but selling for far less, even including 4 books! It turns out that this product is not as sophisticated as Tag books, which are printed on specially patterned paper that allows the Tag pen to locate precisely where you point on a page.

The Hot Dogs Jr., instead, features up to 5 large black dots across each spread of two pages, and you can only touch one of those dots. And the manufacturer calls these dots "answer dots," indicating that they're to be used to answer the question on the spread. So, you can NOT have Ace the Dog read the stories to you. Instead, your kid is supposed to read each page spread, and touch the answer dots in response to the question afterwards.

In reality, my youngest kid, in the target range of this product (3-6 years), ends up using this as a toy. He does not read the words on the pages. He simply looks at the question and pushes Ace the Dog onto the dots so he can listen to the sound effects. This is perhaps not a good way to teach a kid how to read. I always wonder if young girls would use a toy like this differently, probably a little more productively?

The four books are actually well written and illustrated. Written and illustrated by women, the stories probably appeal more to girls than boys, too. I enjoyed the stories, but not my little boy.

For the price, and if you have a kid who really likes to read, this may be a good toy to have, or even to gift. But if you want more in-depth interactions, you'll need to look into the Tag product line, which, of course, can get very expensive because of the Tag book costs.
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