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LeapFrog Tag Reading System (32 MB)
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- The amazing touch technology of the Tag Reading System encourages a child's love of reading as words talk, pictures sing and stories live out loud
- The Tag library includes over 30 books and games based on favorite TV, movie and classic tales
- Tag storybooks and learning activities help children build vocabulary
- The Tag reader now holds audio for up to 10 books at a time and comes with the hardcover classic Dr. Seusss The Cat in the Hat
- Parents can connect the Tag Reader online to collect fun rewards
- Includes reading skills such as word recognition, reading comprehension and phonics skills
- Their child has earned and to see their child's play and learning on the LeapFrog Learning Path
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With just a touch, the Tag Reader will read, sing, and ask questions to your child.
Kids can select from a growing library of interactive books and store them on the reader.
Easy for Children to Use
The durable Tag Reader is cleverly shaped like a pen, with the optical reader at the tip. It's easy for children to operate independently and the pen fits well into small fingers. The lightweight Reader has a built-in speaker in the front for clear sound with volume control buttons located below the speaker. The adjustable volume ranges from very soft to loud.
Your child can also use the Reader with headphones (not included). An adult can help pry open the flaps that hide the headphone plug and USB port. There's also a handy audio book feature -- perfect for traveling -- that plays aloud an entire story. The battery is securely placed behind a screw-locked compartment for safety.
Advice to parents: the optical reader is exposed at the tip of the Reader so be sure to keep liquids away from it.
Amazing Response with Every Touch
Your child will instantly gravitate to the entertaining, interactive way the Tag Reading System opens up the world of books. She can touch virtually anywhere on the special Tag Activity Storybook and the Reader will respond with music, sound effects, amusing phrases, and other fun activities related to the book. There are special symbols placed throughout the pages that cause the Reader to read the entire page, play a game, prompt children to answer "yes" or "no" questions, repeat a phrase, or simply stop the Reader from speaking.
When children want to read on their own but need just a little help, simply pointing to a word on the page will let them hear just that word. This feature is perfect for children that are just developing their reading skills but get frustrated when faced with a challenging word. The Reading System will help them gain confidence and enjoy reading. Each TAG Storybook features games and activities that will help develop age-appropriate skills such as building vocabulary, reading comprehension, and other core reading skills.
Store up to 10 Books
The sample full-size book comes conveniently pre-loaded onto the Tag Reader. Additionally, 10 books can be loaded onto the Reader giving children the opportunity to switch back and forth between different books with ease. The Tag Reading system comes with a LeapFrog Connect CD and the Reader can easily connect to a computer with the USB cable (included).
There are currently over 30 books in the Tag Reading System library and it will continue to grow as LeapFrog constantly adds new books. Books range from classic children's books to contemporary, cartoon-based adventures, so there's something for every child. They also range in varying reading and skill levels allowing parents to tailor the books to their child's individual needs.
What's in the Box
One Tag Reader, one full-size Tag Activity Storybook, USB Cable, LeapFrog Connect CD, 2 "AAA" batteries.
Top Customer Reviews
A few details about how the Tag works, since that is not obvious from the product description or pictures. First, you NEED a computer with a USB port, CD drive, and Internet connection in order to use the Tag. The Tag unit is a pen-shaped device that has a speaker which actually outputs the "sound" of the story (with headphone jack and volume controls), and some internal memory for the electronic books that you will download from LeapFrog's site. Depending on which Tag you buy, it might hold 16 megabytes (about 5 books) or 32 megabytes (about 10 books). Only one hardcover book, in our case The Cat in the Hat, was included in the box with its audio preloaded onto the Tag unit.
It's worth noting that the Tag is NOT a scanner! You can't use any old picture book with it and have it read the words. You must buy Leap's special hardcover books to go with it. These look and feel like regular books, but there must be something embedded in the paper that lets the Tag "read" the book to your child. The books range from $10-$14 and there are over 25 of them in the Tag library, with more being published all the time.
Getting started is really easy if you're fairly proficient with your PC.Read more ›
The TAG was very helpful for my girls as they began to read stories and recognize words by sight. Leapfrog has an extensive library of books, so there's lots of variety to choose from, with characters the kids recognize (Dora, Diego, Spongebob, etc), as well as kid's classics like "Cat In The Hat" and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". We purchased the carrying cases as well, which provides handy storage for several books and the TAG pen. We take the TAG books and pens on long car rides - keeps the kids busy for a good long while.
I also appreciate that there are many "levels" of exploration with this toy. The child can use the pen alone, and listen to all of the audio for all stories downloaded to the pen just by pressing a button. The TAG will cycle through all of the stories. The books themselves are also multi-dimensional: You can just read the story, or you can play the games embedded in the books and earn rewards on the Leap Path website. My girls also like to explore the books, and place the pen on the pictures of the characters themselves - Leapfrog has embedded some cute dialog as well. For instance, when reading the Spongebob book, if you place your pen on Spongebob's face, he'll say something funny related to the story.
The LeapPath website allows parents to drill down into each book the child has read, total minutes the child spent exploring the story, and cool info on what skills the child is building.
CONS: The TAG EATS batteries. Be sure to have a supply of AAA batteries on hand.Read more ›
UPDATE on 03/26/10: She just turned 5 and is reading at about a 3rd grade level. Reads paragraphs easily and smoothly. We know it is because she has this interactive reader that she can use anytime. (And we read other books to her, of course) We got her the Tag USA Map for her birthday, so now she is learning about all the states, too! She LOVES it.
The technology is ingenious, and though mildly irritating to have to upload and download through a computer, it is a small price to pay. Speaking of small price...the books retail for $14 but can often be found on sale for $10. That is basically the price of a regular book with all the features of Tag for just a few extra bucks.
The books themselves are quality; good stories and great artwork. They are also "graded" meaning the games/activities have different levels which make for excellent replay value as they enter different levels of reading (pre-reader, emergent reader, ect.)
I can't speak much to the durability as we have only had it for a few weeks. If I have to shell out another $40 for a Tag pen next year it will still be an amazing value. Bravo LeapFrog, for making a great hybrid system of fun and leaning that has enough variety to be perfect for every child!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a warning to potential buyers: LeapFrog software does NOT work on Mac OS X beyond 10.6. LeapFrog's website does not advertise this fact. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by 1adam12
after reading the reviews on this product i decided to get it for my son and i can say that i am not disappointed by the results he reads so very wellPublished on April 25, 2013 by Shawna Morrison
My 3 year old likes this product and it keeps her attention for about 20 minutes or so... However, after minimal use and about 2 months of non use it wouldn't turn on. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Tiffany
I bought it for a 4 year old. She enjoyed it quite a bit but I think maybe I should have waited another year. Depends on the kid.Published on November 25, 2012 by Smeegle
Educational and fun. My grandchildren learned to read at an early age and I would say this product helped. Good buy and good price!Published on October 25, 2012 by Kindle Customer
it works great and is new too. makes reading fun also easy to use.
As sounds for the picture pages. The only thing is you have to download
each book and has updates.
I was so excited. When my kids went to camp this morning I went out and bought them this system. Two of them are learning to read right now. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Alicia Montgomery