Reviewed for Third Grade, 2007

Think it's impossible to get your child and all his friends to crowd eagerly around a globe? Think again. Granted this one has more pizazz than most: kids can touch the smart pen to its surface and hear facts about that part of the world, or get quizzed about countries, capitals, major cities, populations, languages, currencies, time, distances, history, science and current events. And, unlike the globes of your childhood, this one has new information available online every week, so kids can keep it up to date. The smart pen can be programmed for age-appropriate content, so that history and geography lessons will continue to encourage and motivate your child as she grows. Now, that's smart! (Oregon Scientific, $149.95)