Title: Forever Growing Garden Bonus Pack
Overall Rating: C
Source: Media Vision (a C-Wave product)
Playing Time: "Look and Listen" component approx. 8-10 minutes.  Other components ("Read with Me," "Think About the Story," and "You Read") are paced according to the user's own speed and ability.
Date: No date provided.
Cost: $9.95   http://www.cdaccess.com/html/quick/forever4pj.htm
Number of Players: "Look and Listen" component of this CD can be used by one to four users.  However, all other components should be used by one player only, as every individual varies in speed and reading ability.  This CD deals more with individual needs.
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Computer with a CD Rom drive, audio board, operating system and drivers.
Subject Area: Language Arts/English and some Science.  For lower elementary levels (K through 3.)
Objectives: The three stories included with this CD ("Always Arthur," "Buster's First Thunderstorm," and "Who Wants Arthur?") deal with oral language development, guided reading/listening, vocabulary recognition, reading comprehension, attainment of fluency and independent reading.  "Forever Growing Garden" deals with very little reading material.  The purpose of this particular activity encourages children to be creative by allowing them to create their own gardens and then watching the growing process of the seeds/bulbs.
Brief Description: This CD is a four in one bonus pack which was created to help increase a child's reading ability.  The four choices, "Look and Listen," "Read with Me," "Think About the Story" and "You Read" allows the user the choice of either listening to a narrator tell the story, to read the story with the help of the narrator, to read the story alone or to engage in reading comprehension activities.  "The Forever Growing Garden" encourages the creative side of the reader by allowing the user to create gardens in different settings such as at a castle, at home or on a farm.  The user then gets to watch his/her creation come to life as the planted seeds/bulbs grow and create a beautiful garden which needs watering and care.
Entry Capabilities Required: Basic reading skills.  Basic knowledge of computer use (i.e. keyboard, mouse, point and click...)  Basic listening skills.

Rating: (1-5)

Weak Points: Unfortunately, this CD may quickly loose its appeal because children will get bored of the same stories and repetitive drilling activities.  This CD must not be used as a teaching tool for the simple reason that teaching children how to read should not be left to a machine.  Children definitely need more individual attention and one on one when learning basic reading instructions.  One would not be able to rely on this CD alone in order to educate a child in the subject of english and/or language arts.
Reviewer: Julie Duchesne
Position: MST Student (elementary education)
Date: March 10, 1999.
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.