I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: on this blog, I have no problem recommending “forbidden” items like loud plastic toys made in China that run on batteries and feature Disney characters. Sometimes, our kids just like what they like, right? So, I am very very pleased to show you a favorite new finds, this Disney Princess Dreams Record-A-Book ($14.95) that I purchased recently for R. from Amazon.com. Wow, has she flipped for this! She plays it for everyone who comes into our apartment and giggles, asking them, “Do you know who’s reading that story?” (They kindly play dumb and give her silly answers until she reveals, “It’s MY MOMMY!!!”) Basically, the book allows you to record the page-by-page narration to 3 abridged, illustrated Disney stories (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Princess and the Frog). The instructions and recording mechanism are very simple and while the sound quality isn’t the greatest, I can assure you that your child will be more than thrilled with the result. If you make a mistake, you can skip ahead or back to re-record a particular page. Also, when it’s time to change the batteries, your original recording won’t be lost (despite what the Amazon reviews say). Best of all, if your daughter happens to have a little brother who wants a similar book of his own (ahem), you’re in luck. His favorite franchise, Toy Story 3, just happens to have a Toy Story 3 Record-A-Book ($14.06) of its very own. Did they make these just for us, or what??? Buy them both at Amazon.com.
p.s. In case you’re wondering, yes, R. does “listen” to this book as a bedtime story. But it didn’t replaced the “live” me because she had already asked me to stop reading her bedtime stories about a year ago anyway. This is what happens when little girls grow up. Sniff, sniff.