We had the opportunity to review physical book versions of Glaciers from the series “Earth’s Water” published under our imprint Lightbox and intended for a grades 3-6 interest range., A Lion’s World belonging to our “EyeDiscover” series, intended for a K-2 interest range and There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant, a fiction title, intended for a K-2 interest range from Weigl Publishers.
Goodness! What will they come up with next? That is what I have to say when talking about Weigl Publishers. They have taken book reading to a different level and I think your children may enjoy what Weigl has done; you will too.
Weigl has more than 1,800 media enhanced books in its digital library that have been optimized for use on computers, tablets and whiteboards. So reading is not just flipping through pages in a book, but actually bringing a book to life through interactive features with high quality visuals.
There are books that cover language arts, science, social studies, sports, states and more. Readers will even find book titles in Arabic and Spanish. There will be some (many) titles I am certain your children will find and love. We received Glaciers, A Lion’s World and There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant, which are three of the enhanced media books available through Weigl.
The books come in a PDF format. You may choose to read the books just as readers, but why stop at that point. To unlock the cool interactive features, you must use a code, which is included in the cover of each book. There is two-step verification process (really easy) to access the online content. The secret code is the same, but the password changes each time you access the online content. You have lifetime (as long as you own the book) access to the content.
There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant
The title had me, but Author Helen Ketteman soon lost me after the cowpoke swallowed a fiery ant, a spider with wiggly, waggly legs and a roadrunner. Not really and this book is a fun one. Well, the cowpoke did actually swallow those previously mentioned items as well as a few others that include a lizard, ‘dillo (armadillo) and a snake among others. It all sounds a bit gross, but children will get a kick out of this story that is written in a fashion similar to the song 12 Days of Christmas.
Will Terry’s illustrations are colorful and detailed with everything the cowpoke eats.
In all level of the books, readers have the option of having the book read to them or reading it themselves. In this book for younger readers, they may follow along with the highlighted text as the narrator speaks. There is a highlighter bar on each line as the book is being read. There are sound effects and the characters actually come alive with the use of different voices. So, it is not a monotone reader throughout the story.
A Lion’s World
Readers step into the world of a lion. The book comes alive with visuals of a lion walking, running, playing and more. We get to step into its habitat and learn more about him without actually being there.
This book allows you to easily scroll through the pages and jump to sections you want to read again. Readers are also able to adjust the volume on or off.
This book is written for an older child and has more features included in its enhanced media presentation.
This book is pretty cool. Students may still choose the narration feature or may choose to read the book themselves. On several pages, readers are taken into the action with a video that details more about what is being covered on the page.
There are also online study sheets your child may complete as they are reading through the book after completing it.
Something that may not mean anything to anyone else is I like that the audio includes the reading of title of the book as well as the names of the author and illustrator. Little features like that are important when reading a book to a child.
I love the experience of reading to my children, but Weigl Publishers has created a unique experience for children through its AV2 titles. I have a special appreciation for the narration feature included with these books. Early or struggling readers are not left behind when mommy is not able to read to them. I plan to look for more titles to purchase.
You will need a Flash Player to read the books.