Sleeping Cub’s Test of Courage
Riding in the wave of sensitive, appropriately-PC (think Bill Maher, not Gates) CD-ROMs for kids comes Sleeping Cub’s Test of Courage (ages 3-9). One of several interactive folk tales from Davidson & Associates, this title introduces kids to the legends and lore of the Native Americans who lived on the Great Plains. Narrated by Grandpa Mouse, the story can either be “read” (straight through), or “played” (page-by-page, with plenty of hotspots to discover). Follow the trials and tribulations of Sleeping Cub as he proves his courage and usefulness to his tribe. The story is appealing, but there’s nothing here that elevates the interactive storybook formula above its usual low-to-middling standards. As the competition rolls forward and innovations are made (Living Books, with their excellent Dr. Seuss interpretations, comes to mind) that seems increasingly unacceptable, no matter how charming the story.
– December 1996