I was introduced to the concept of a recordable storybook by my sister this past Christmas. She was looking to get one so that her son could record his voice reading the story to his grandparents. I thought what a cute and novel idea. My sister is like that though, always finding the cutest and unique things to give at Christmas and birthdays.
What better company to carry such a fun product then Hallmark. Hallmark makes me think of love, laughter, and family. I have always loved walking into the store if to do nothing more then to read some witty and emotional greeting cards. I can always find a great puzzle or the perfect gift for a loved one. I jumped at the chance to review a recordable story book. Honey LOVES books, loves to try to read, and loves to be read too. She can spend hours in the library or the bookstore, and asked often for someone to read her a story.
We received one of their new books Counting Kisses. My daughter enjoyed the recording part. She would press the button and “pretend” to read. By pretending what I mean is she was making up a story from the photo which is really one of the first steps in reading. She had a blast! What I think is incredible about the recordable story books is how useful it is for parents that are not home at lights out time. Maybe they work late hours or are deployed and have no choice. However these parents still miss the basic task as reading a book to their child before bed. With the recordable storybook they can read and record so their child can listen to their parent read them a story just as if they were there.
The book we received was a very basic earlier reader book. I believe it can be used to help your child learn to read. It is a great tool to add to whatever your child is already doing to begin the learning process of reading. I think by first recording their voice, with a little help from a parent if they don’t quite know how to read yet, then listening to themselves read it back while following along in the book is a great tool to improve reading skills. They can actually hear themselves reading and they know they are doing a great job. The reinforcement of their voice along with following along in the book is a great tool.
Hallmark has a few ideas and inspirations of their own when it comes to the recordable story books:
Comforts of home
Capturing the voice of the soon-to-be-deployed parent is a great way to help a child feel connected during Mom or Dad’s absence. Also, a Recordable Storybook, read by the little ones and mailed to the enlisted parent, will be a great surprise and a breath of fresh air.
One more book, Mom?
Use a Recordable Storybook to help improve your child’s reading skills. Listening to the recording while following along is an easy lesson that never feels like homework!
Capture the voice of an ailing loved one for a family heirloom that’ll be treasured. The recording will last even after the battery is changed.
Hallmark has some classics coming soon to their recordable storybook product line such as Goodnight Moon and Curious George. You can’t get much more classic then that.
Hallmark is giving away to one reader their very own recordable story book.
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