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A new children’s website from Mindshapes Ltd. delivers a virtual world based on picture books and stories. Magic Town is designed for kids born in 1999 or later. And it really does feel like a town, a magical landscape populated with a collection of fanciful houses. Each time a new story is added to your personal Magic Town, another house appears. Think of it as a kinder, gentler Sims.
Mindshapes Ltd. is a United Kingdom-based company, so the kid characters Izzy and Max who lead users through the experience of Magic Town speak with English accents, which is fine by me. I like my child to know there are other countries in the world. And a gentle Lion Louis introduces users to a different story every day.
|Inside "Aesop's House"|
|Your host, Louis the Lion|
Should you invest the $11.99 per month; $59.99 for 6 months; or $74.99 for a full year of Magic Town? Honestly, it depends on your child. A different book each day, even one your child can’t “keep,” might work well for you. Only you know if your child likes to read the same book many times or prefers a fresh story every day. Either way, there’s so much free content in Magic Town right this minute, you and your child won’t have to make a snap decision.
Personally, I just love Magic Town. It’s just the content and tone I want for my child: rich, inquisitive content that is educational while entertaining. I’m all for the “explore” option that gently folds in a few fun reading comprehension questions. I don’t want my little girl to be afraid of tests and Magic Town makes the questions feel like a game. You should visit Magic Town soon. Say cheerio from me when you’re there.