It’s only recently that my daughter will sit with me so I can read her a story. Trying to read to her before this last month has been terribly difficult, so I am thrilled that she will sit long enough so I can read at least a few pages of a book to her. I recently received My Storytime Friends for review. This book and plush toy combo is meant for children 3+, but I think as soon as kids are ready to sit and listen to a story, this package will make them happy.
My Storytime Friends comes with a soft bear. We received Coffee, he is dark brown and sits about 9″ high. My daughter also just recently started taking a liking to toys – only since she started sleeping through the night (although this isn’t as consistent as I would hope). So Coffee’s size makes him a good candidate for sleeping with at night and carrying around the house throughout the day.
The book that we received is called A Winning Dream written by Andrew Wolfendon and illustrated by Berne Williams. This is the first book in a series that currently has 4 books available. The story is about Brady Bear, a bear that loves to run, but isn’t very good at it. He ends up finding a sport that he is really good at, and in his first race he gives up first place to help save a Little Bear that ends up in danger. This incident leads to Brady Bears career. The story is a feel good tale about thinking about others before yourself, and has a morale at the end: “Your dreams don’t always take you exactly where you think they will. But that’s okay… they take you somewhere even better!”
My Storytime Friends also has some online capabilities. Each bear comes with a unique code that is entered onto the My Storytime Friends website. There you can download, print or order more story books, download and print coloring books (at the library), or send your bear an email (at the post office). There is also an interactive flip book, which is read out loud for your children and every time the page flips it sounds like a real page flipping – just to make things seem like your child is right there reading the story.
I have to admit I like the online book because my daughter can not rip out the pages. But, if you child prefers a hard copy, they are available to purchase for only $10.95, but there is also promotions where My Storytime Friends members can receive free hard cover books.
My Storytime Friends is a simple interactive toy and book combo that the young-ins will enjoy!
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