Arthur's Reading Games is an animated story
telling and reading experience that introduces young children to the world of
books and the enjoyment of reading. The program's main area - Read To Me - is
a 12 page story that is a combination of written word and narrative, plus an
animated story with Arthur and D.W.
The program has 3 areas - "Read to Me ", " Reading
Race", and "Let Me Play " .
In "Read to Me", Arthur and D.W take a walk
through town and Arthur bets D.W. that she can't read 10 words that they will
find on the signs in town. Arthur plays I Spy with D.W. The narrative of the
story is read. Words appear on the page so the viewer can track the written
words as they as spoken. The user also learns words by watching D.W. respond
to Arthur's questions.
You also can play I Spy yourself on any page.
D.W. will show you a printed word. Then you click on the object in the picture.
The story is animated with lots of chats between D.W. and Arthur which adds
to the spirit of fun.
In " Reading Race", you play a board game with
D.W. and Arthur. You are presented with a written word and you match the word
to the right picture. Your final destination and reward is the ever tantalizing
"ice cream" store.
In "Let me Write", you select an object from
the screen and place it into a written sentence and the picture transforms itself
into a written word. You then see how the word can fit into a simple sentence.
You can change the subjects, verbs and objects of any of the sentences and create
new sentences and have them read back to you.
The program allows you to choose from 3 levels
of difficulty in any of the play type activities, and provides lots of hints
to help the user find the right answer.