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Disney Cars: Write-with-me-Numbers

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Disney Cars: Write-with-me-Numbers is a 28-page write-and-wipe-off book focusing on the numbers 1 to 10. Included with the book are two markers, a CD, and stickers. The book has an outside zipper and a sturdy, nylon handle for easy transportation. Characters from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars are featured on each page.

Each number is shown three times and traced six times, and room is given for the user to write it three or four times. There is also space at the back of the book for extra writing practice. All practice pages are write-on, wipe-off. I recommend wiping off sooner rather than later; we left the marks visible once and had a hard time getting the marker off when it was time to use the book again.

The CD contains one song (played twice), instructions for using the book, and the story read aloud. I was not overly impressed with the CD since the description on the website said that it included "traditional counting games and activities and a sing-along song." I did not find any games or activities on my CD. The song was fun but not overly helpful. Having the story read aloud was nice, but it instructed listeners to write the numbers while listening and did not give enough time for that to happen. This was frustrating to my son, who couldn't write fast enough! Of course, he could have simply paused the CD, but he didn't know that.

Write-with-me-Numbers was created for preschool through third grade. However, I think third graders would find it a little childish. Preschool through first grade would be a more accurate age bracket. My 5-year-old son thought the book was great. It was helpful for him since he still needs practice writing numbers. It was also fun because he absolutely loves the movie Cars.

The Cars characters will endear this book to many young children, especially boys. It is a fun tool to use for extra practice writing numbers and is especially handy for trips to the doctor's office and other places where children need something quiet (and educational) to do. If your child is a fan of the Cars movie and needs some extra numbers practice, this may be the book for you.

Product review by Stacy Kalisz, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, March 2010

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