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Now I'm reading! Plays: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Ages: 4-7

Now I'm Reading Plays: Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a great way to introduce kids to early reading skills like vocabulary, comprehension, and storytelling

Whether or not your young child is an aspiring thespian, this storybook-cum-playbook has masterfully woven together some of the best elements of early reading, making it — in all senses of the word — the best of child's play.

Given that it is the same price as an average kids' hardcover book, you get a lot for your story bucks: five 16-page play scripts, a 24-page storybook, and four masks (three bears and Goldilocks, of course). Early readers can take the scripts and put on their own show for the grown-ups: The perfect rainy-day (and shhh, learning) activity.

Bottom line: An active and clever way to teach reading through, ahem, play.