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Software Review:    Clifford Reading

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Clifford the big red dog has been a childhood favorite storybook character for years. His fumbles and foibles have always been due to his enormous size, not for any lack of good-naturedness – his heart is as big as his body. 

In this CD-ROM, Clifford’s misadventures provide the framework for some basic reading skills practice. For example, when the over-sized pooch knocks letters off a sign, kids set things right as they exercise their alphabet recognition skills. Our favorite activity takes place at Monique’s easel. Children build their own words in a freeform fashion and when the program recognizes words, Monique will either paint a picture to demonstrate the word or, at the very least, praise the player for constructing a real word. Mini-lessons are included, and rewards are reading lessons in and of themselves. It’s a clever, albeit low-key, program that deserves a look. Its $20 US price tag makes it a decent and economical choice.

  • A mix of adventure and free-play formats.
  • Relatively appealing game-play
  • Smart features
  • Rewards are storybooks that provide further practice with new skills


  • As a learn-to-read system, this program may not be strong enough on its own. 


For Win/Mac By: Scholastic    Published: 2000




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Reviewed May 2001 
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