________________ CM . . . . Volume III Number 2 . . . . September 20, 1996

In the Mailbox

I recently discovered a review of our title Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense on your site. We appreciate the thoughtful comments made by the reviewer and her praise of the parts she liked.

A couple of notes: The price is now $18.95.

We were also surprised about her comments re: not enough animation. There are nearly 50 animations of Lear's poems in the CD-ROM track. The two sections she mentioned which are not animated are only a very small part of the CD.

As for not putting careful thought before jumping on the "CD-ROM" bandwagon, far from it. Lear, unlike many other illustraters, has implicit animation in his style. If he were alive today, there is no doubt he would be an animator. The goal of the CD-ROM track was not interactivity for technology's sake. Rather, we tried to bring out the "story" implicit in each of these wonderful verses. From the reactions we've gotten from hundreds of teacher's, parents and kids we believe we've succeeded. Lear recently won a prestigious Bronze Apple award from the National Education Media Network.

We are sorry your reviewer did not enjoy these animations. Given her comment about their not being very many animations, perhaps she didn't spend enough time exploring this track and didn't have a chance to see all of them. In any case, many other people have found this part of the product to be the very best part of all!!! We tried to balance the three parts and our belief is there is something in the product for everyone. By lowering the price, we also hope to increase the value of the product.

Cordially yours,

Aron Trauring e-mail: aronst@ibm.net

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