I’ve had my very own Nintendo DS for the past couple of years . . . so I wouldn’t have to keep borrowing my kids’. While you can play the regular games on it, this handheld wonder can be very educational if you get their titles in geography, foreign language, the ACT prep, etc.
I bought their 100 Classic Books cartridge (or whatever you call the little software thingy) and think it’s the best thing since sliced pie. It contains 100 classic works, complete and unabridged, that you can carry around with you to read whenever you have a couple extra minutes. With HarperCollins’ name on this, you know you’re getting quality literature. And you can read it in the dark since it’s backlit. There’s even background sound you can play if you want, for that extra kick of ambiance, things like a crackling fireplace, babbling brooks, nighttime forest sounds, etc.
Several of Shakespeare’s plays are on this, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. You’ll also find Dracula, War and Peace, Alice in Wonderland, Homer’s Odyssey, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Time Machine, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Call of the Wild, Gulliver’s Travels, and a whole lot more.
This is great for avid readers of all ages. I love mine, if you couldn’t tell. Another cool thing is the $20 price tag makes it a much cheaper alternative to the expensive electronic readers.