Abigail comes complete with her own story book, Abigail and the Balance Beam, which follows the chatty bunny trying to make her mum extra proud of her by performing gymnastics. As passages from the book are read aloud, Abigail springs to life and joins in the story.
We tested it by reading the story to pre-schooler Sofia and she loved it. Abigail is a soft and interactive toy and as you read the story she responds to the highlighted phrases. It is a way to make bedtime stories even more fun. Abigail may not respond every time, depending on how clear you speak. Sofia’s mother commented that her daughter just wanted to skip to the parts that made Abigail speak – so the toy may be a distraction for very young children who don’t sit through the story because they just want Abigail to speak.
Abigail is very good because each toy comes with its own book but you can then buy additional stories and you will see with each story how her vocabulary widens. She is just an average sized fluffy bunny that doesn’t move but does react to the sound of your voice as you read each story.
Additional books featuring Abigail are include, Abigail and the Tea Party and Abigail and the Lost Purse. For even more story time fun with Abigail, there is also a downloadable app suitable for use on iPhones and iPads, to accompany the playful bunny. The free app includes a short animated story that can be played aloud through the app’s internal narrator or recorded by a loved one to add a personal touch to the tale. The app also includes child-friendly puzzles and an interactive game that lets your child play dress-up with Abigail, just like in the book.
There are other characters available in the Storybuddy range.
Reviewed by Carolina Masters