Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2012 Magazines
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Publisher: Bayard
Newsstand Price: $9.00
Subscription Price: $90.00 / 10 Issues

For all members of my family, this magazine is a 'rarely left on the table' pleasure. The amount of text in each instance was perfect, with a beautiful diversity of content. The artwork is wonderfully different, yet it feels cohesive. The content, from mazes to stories, was age appropriate. It was a joy to read to my young child, as he would easily follow the graphics and track where I was on the page. For my early reader, the amount of text provided was ideal. We very much appreciated the mix of fiction, and world or animal facts. While artwork varied in style, each piece had wide appeal to everyone in our family. The beautiful artwork is highlighted with thick, rich pages and a perfect size for small hands or reading in bed. The length of stories was perfect, and the lovely "Polo" at the end of each issue let my youngest "read to me" telling me the story of the wordless picture story.

Our only hesitation in recommending this beautiful publication is the cost and difficulty of online ordering for U.S. delivery. However, we think it's worth it. Each issue has been read and reread several times.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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