When Mom Doesn’t Want to Read it AGAIN

When Mom Doesn’t Want to Read it AGAIN


When I was a kid, I was in 4-H.  Throughout my 4-H years, I recited that pledge so many times that it became ingrained into my subconscious.  To this day, I can still spit it out without missing a single beat.  There are a lot of things in our lives that we hear so much that our brains can process them in their original form.  Singing 867-5309, hearing the little old lady’s voice squeaking “Where’s the beef?” or even some educational tidbit that one of our teachers pushed at us every single class… I had an economics professor in college who insisted we know who the chairman of the Federal Reserve was so it was a daily question and showed up on every quiz or test.

When I became a mom, that process took an entirely different turn.  My brain found itself cluttered with children’s songs and stories ad infinitum.  It’s fun to be able to sing along with the kids, but when you read the same book for the thousandth time, you just want to scream.  “Sorry, honey. I’m not sure where that book went.  Are you sure you put it back on the shelf last night?”  Knowing good and well that I’ve accidentally misplaced it in a really good hiding spot.  Don’t shake your head at me… you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Thankfully, I had the opportunity to try out Poingo, a new product from Publications International, LTD.  Our last excursion into this type of reader gadget was with the LittleTouch LeapPad that I thought we would use more than we really did.  It was hard enough to keep track of the booklet, but worrying about the cartridge and the booklet was a pain.  (Which would explain why it was the last time we purchased something like this.)  Anyway, the girls are older and needing things that encourage independent play and the Poingo fits this to a T.  Their motto is “Fun right out of the box” and it’s very accurate.  When the package arrived, Miss K was on hand to check it out.

I literally opened it up and sat down on the couch with her to show her how it worked.  From the very first time I turned it on, she impatiently awaited her turn repeatedly stating “I can do it, Mom.” and “I can do it myself.”  So I handed it over to her and the rest is history.  At least it was until Miss M showed up and wanted to try it too.  Then it became a battle of “My turn!” comments.

Oh, I haven’t told you what it does.  It’s a book and a pen.  NOT CONNECTED to each other.  There are a variety of books, including Cars and Finding Nemo that come with the box set.  Other titles sold independently are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and soon to be released High School Musical and Hannah Montana.  The pen already has several programs in it’s memory so once you purchase a new book, you can just open it and go.  For newer stuff, there’s a download feature, doing away with the concerns of keeping track of related cartridges.  The pen uses a mini-scanner to “read” microscopic symbols on the pages of the Poingo-enabled books.  Touch the box containing the story and it recites the story.  Touch the underlined words and it gives a definition of them.  Tap the pictures of the page and be surprised by music, trivia related to what was just recited, general trivia related to items or characters in the story and even interactive games.To be completely balanced, I need to explain that this IS NOT a word recognition program.  It tells the story out loud, but isn’t actually reading the specific words on the page.  You can’t click on a word and it tell you what it is – unless it’s underlined.  So for beginning reader, Miss M, she kept resetting it while following along.  Whenever the pen would near an underlined word or a sound box, it would start over at the beginning of that story box.  She finally got the hang of it and now manages to follow along without bumping those.  And she really enjoys the interactive question/answer sections.

Poingo can be purchased for around $34.99 and is currently being sold at Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Toys R’ Us, Costco and BJ’s Wholesale Clubs.   Individual books are available for $9.99 each.  But if you really, really want to try it out… here’s your chance to win one!

The Prize

One Poingo Reading System-2-book Set (approx value $34.99).


Participants –
…must provide an email in the first comment, email me directly with an email address or have email accessible from their profile. Winner has 72 hours from posting/notification to respond.  If winner cannot be contacted, I will move on to the second random selection.  Seriously, I hate having to move on to the runner-up and since I haven’t gotten the PrizeyWinners thing to work, please make sure that you provide an email somehow.

Sometime on November 25th, a winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) from all comments left. Although I would love to say that I’ll be using PRIZEYWinners, I can’t be sure since I haven’t been able to figure out how to do it yet!  (Honestly, I’m about to throw in the towel.)

How to enter: (CONTEST CLOSED)


About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

104 comments on «When Mom Doesn’t Want to Read it AGAIN»

  1. Pam says:

    Your button is on my sidebar

  2. Anonymous says:

    My daughter would love the Cinderella book.


  3. windycindy says:

    What a wonderful giveaway prize!
    My sons would love “The Lion King” book a a lot. Please enter my name in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  4. windycindy says:

    I am subscribed to your feed via my Yahoo Reader Page. Thanks, Cindi

  5. Lauren S says:

    My son would love the Cars book

  6. Erica says:

    Omg, my daughter would love any of the princess books!


  7. My daughter is just starting to read and loves Princesses! Can Canadians enter?

  8. Ginny says:

    My daughter is a big Sleeping Beauty fan, so I’d love that book!

  9. Ginny says:

    I’m following your blog.

  10. My daughter would love the Cinderella book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Danetta says:

    my son has one of these on his Christmas list, so to win it would be wonderful! he loves Disney Cars.
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

  12. pamelarm says:

    I’ve never seen this before, but looks great! My son would love the Cars book the best; thanks for the chance!

  13. preppymama says:

    Cars or Finding Nemo would definitely be the pick for my little guy!


  14. preppymama says:

    I’m a subscriber through bloglines!


  15. preppymama says:

    I added your button to my blog.


  16. Karen says:

    The Princess book is our choice!

  17. My nephew and son would love to read the Cars book! My e-mail is in my profile. Thanks!

  18. FunkyFrum says:

    the cars book looks like so much fun
    meatlesschulent gmail

  19. Definitely the Nemo book!
    livlifelov at yahoo dot com

  20. Staci says:

    My son would love Nemo or cars. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  21. Staci says:

    I’m following your blog!

  22. Staci says:

    And I have your button up, thanks!

  23. Julie D says:

    My son would love the Cars book.

  24. Julie D says:

    I put your button on my blog.

  25. Paige says:

    My little guy would love the Lion king book

  26. Tracye says:

    My nephew (and my son!) would love the Cars book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Aimee says:

    My son would LOVE the Cars one!! These look so fun!! He’s super in to books, but gets very frustrated that he can’t read them himself yet.


  28. I’m a subscriber 🙂


  29. melanie says:

    My daughter would love Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella. She loves princesses.

    And she loves to hear books over and over and over and… well you get the point.

    ourhappyhappenings (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. melanie says:

    I subscribed.

    ourhappyhappenings (at) gmail (dot) come

  31. melanie says:

    I’m following you 😉

    ourhappyhappenings (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. Mary512 says:

    My daughter would love the Finding Nemo book. Great giveaway, thanks!

  33. Mary512 says:

    I added Poingo to my link list. Thanks!

  34. Reiza says:

    My son would love the Nemo book.

    offthespaceship at myway dot com

  35. Mary512 says:

    I subscribed via email. Thanks!

  36. Mary512 says:

    I am now also following your blog.

  37. Megret says:

    My daughter would love, love the Cinderella book — her favorite character at the moment. Thanks!
    musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. cathyhall says:

    My son would love the Cars or Nemo book, thank you so much.

  39. aud1inok says:

    My daughter would love the Cinderella book.

  40. Sara says:

    My son would love this! I checked out Poingo website and this looks really neat, I would like to have the Cars book for my son. Thank you for entering me.

  41. nadia says:

    My son would LOVE the Cars book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

  42. oona says:

    My daughter would love to use the Poingo with a Cinderella book. Great for beginning readers!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

  43. Nadia says:

    I suscribed via email! =) Thanks!

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

  44. Jenna says:

    My niece would love the princess books. She was a princess for Halloween and she is all about the princess stuff for now. She would love this for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. My daughter would definitely love the Nemo book! She loves nemo and loves all things sea related!!
    ladeebug224 at hotmail dot com

  46. I have added your button to my sidebar!
    ladeebug224 at hotmail dot com

  47. moushka says:

    Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty for my two princesses.

  48. This house loves the Disney Princess’ so either Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty would be a hit here.

  49. bocktalk says:

    We would love to check out Lion King!

  50. This looks great and my kids would love the CARS book.

  51. i think my toddler is going to like cars and finding nemo!

    charm32 [@] ymail [.] com

  52. i’m a new subscriber thru google reader

  53. Nicole says:

    My son would love the Cars book!

  54. penguin28 says:

    My son would really love the Cars book. Great teaching tool!


  55. My daughter would love the princess books. I swear, the princess-ing is being attempted by my sister-in-law and her daughters…and it’s working! LOL
    hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

  56. mom2boys says:

    My son would love the Cars book. He would also like the Lion King and Finding Nemo books. He will be 5 on Dec.23rd. This would be a great gift for him. Thanks for the chance!!!

    hottmomma_03@yahoo dot com

  57. Alexia says:

    I can say, without a doubt, that the Cars book would be the big hit around here! Thanks for doing such a detailed review, I knew that the Poingo was cool, but it’s nice to hear what it actually does and how it really works (from a person, not the site).

  58. Brooke says:

    When the High School Musical books come out, those will be my daughters’ fave@

  59. Karen says:

    Cars, Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella would all be hits here. My kids have a Leap Pad and I sure would love to retire it!

  60. kevnjacks says:

    Ooo…either Nemo or Pooh would be so great for the kiddies! 🙂

  61. melanie says:

    Blogged ya for an extra entry:


    ourhappyhappenings (at) gmail (dot) com

  62. melanie says:

    I also linked to Discover Poingo.

    ourhappyhappenings (at) gmail (dot) com

  63. My son would love the Pooh’s Wishful Thinking, heck they are mostly Disney, he loves all of their characters!

    phillipsonlygirl at gmail dot com

  64. Dee says:

    This would be amazing! I think he’d really like nemo and cars!

    THANK You soo much for the chance!

  65. Dee says:

    entry 2 for adding your button…

  66. Dee says:

    and entry 3 for adding your button

  67. crystal says:

    We would like the Finding Nemo book or the Lion King. What a great giveaway!

  68. Tamara says:

    Cars would be an excellent book to start off with. Great product I know my grandson would just love.

  69. Tamara says:

    I am a subscriber.

  70. Kristie says:

    I published a post including this giveaway.

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  71. Kristie says:

    I follow your blog!

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  72. My daughter would LOVE the Paper Doll Scrapbook Portfolio!!


  73. we have the story reader and love it. This would be perfect for my niece or nephew also

  74. added your button to my blog

  75. i subscribed via google reader

    also my email address is in my profile

  76. MoziEsmé says:

    I love this concept! I’d like Cars…

  77. Kristy says:

    My daughter would love the sleeping beauty book!

  78. My granddaughter would just love the Cinderella book. This would be so wonderful. Thank you so much!
    judybrittle at aol dot com

  79. I just subscribed through Google reader.
    judybrittle at aol dot com

  80. Lawanda says:

    My kids would love the Cars book!! My email is mama4joy at hotmail dot com 🙂

  81. Stephanie says:

    Lion King — my little boy would love it!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  82. lily would love ANY disney princess book!

    kerrygibson76 @ hotmail.com

  83. Gina says:

    Your button is in my Great Blogs section

  84. Gina says:

    I follow your blogs

  85. Xenia says:

    My daughter is a big Winnie the Pooh fan, she’d be very excited about the Pooh’s Wishful Thinking book.


  86. Leah says:

    My ds would just love the LION KING!!! POINGO is amazing in that it brings these stories to life in the most creative of ways!!!

    Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))


  87. Pooh for my son

    jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

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