Book review: 'How to Read a Story' is a perfect pick for budding readers

Parents need to know that "How to Read a Story" offers warm encouragement to budding readers. Kate Messner, author of the delightful "Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt," shows there's much more to enjoying a book than decoding the words and following the plot. Her gentle book prods kids to snuggle up and deeply engage with what they're reading.


Game review: Historical characters fight aliens in steampunk strategy game 'Code Name S.T.E.A.M.'

Parents need to know that "Code Name S.T.E.A.M." is a steampunk-themed turn-based strategy game with moderate violence. Players control recognizable fictional characters such as Tom Sawyer and Tiger Lily as they use various weapons - rifles, grenade launchers, shotguns - to ward off invading aliens and protect the humans they're attacking. Combat includes screams and brief splashes of blood but nothing grisly. Allies don't die when defeated but instead are knocked unconscious and revived after each battle. Parents also should note that this game supports four specific amiibo figures that unlock content, and kids might become interested in purchasing these toys in addition to the game. This game includes online play and supports the Nintendo 3DS StreetPass feature, which means kids could be exposed to unmoderated user-generated text, potentially from strangers.

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