The V.Reader Animated E-Book System by VTech is an interactive digital learning toy that encourages young kids ages three to seven years to learn to read and improve their vocabulary and reading skills. This e-reader is designed for younger users and features brightly colored buttons, a large touch screen, and a see-through protective case cover. Use the V.Reader to introduce reading in a fun, dynamic way that will encourage the development of important skills and keep active imaginations engaged. Kids' E-Book System Designed for Easy, Durable Use Engineered to encourage the development of important reading skills, the V.Reader is a fun, dynamic learning tool that will keep active minds encouraged and engaged. Designed to withstand regular use and abuse by young users, the V.Reader features a sturdy plastic body with see-through plastic screen cover that easily opens and closes for access to the touch screen and navigational/keyboard buttons. This engaging e-reader also features rounded corners and rubberized plastic on the edges for added protection against dings and bumps. A large speaker on the front projects delightful voices, sounds, and music, and the included V.Reader pen helps users navigate menu options and learning exercises on the touch screen. The headphone jack provides young users with the option of listening to storybook cartridges in private, and the DC power jack allows the use of the V.Reader without batteries. As with other e-readers, new interactive content may be downloaded by parents from the VTech Web site using the included USB cable. Versatile, Fun Activities for Different Levels of Learning The V.Reader's interactive storytelling capabilities engage young readers to explore the art of reading while encouraging them to have fun at the same time. Users may choose to enter their name and select an avatar to personalize their V.Reader before their first use. After that, young readers may choose from a variety of activities: users can watch a story, where each line of the story is read aloud and can be followed on the screen; they can play reading games that challenge them to learn more about rhyming, syllables, lowercase and uppercase letters, and reading comprehension; and they can use the dictionary feature that provides a complete list of vocabulary words corresponding to the story. Older users, over the age of five, may choose from more difficult categories of activities including phonics, vocabulary, and word recognition games. Additionally, by using the provided USB cable to connect the V.Reader to a computer, parents can monitor their child's reading activity and create completion certificates as progress is made.