Reader Rabbit

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Reader Rabbit is an edutainment software franchise created in 1986 by The Learning Company. This series currently makes up the greater part of a franchise of grade-based and subject-based titles, where the games for infancy through second grade feature Reader Rabbit. The games for third grade through sixth grade instead feature The ClueFinders.

The first game in the series taught language arts, featuring a variety of simple games designed to teach schoolchildren basic reading and spelling skills. Originally, the title character's name was changed to reflect a change in subject, as with Math Rabbit, but it has apparently since been decided to retain the character's original name regardless of the subject area covered by a particular game.

In 2011, a game for the Nintendo Wii was announced.[1]

Characters[edit]

Major[edit]

Name First Appearance Voiced by
Reader Rabbit Reader Rabbit (1986) Jeanne Hartmann
Charlie Borland
Reader Rabbit is the protagonist of all the games. He was a greyish blue rabbit. In Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9, when the Sealion is wrecked, he has a plan to fix it while Sam the Lion was on a search for parts. In the 1986-1993 games, he wears an orange t-shirt rather than his trademark red sweater. In the 2000s games, he wears a red sweater and blue jeans and in the 1996–present games he wears a red and blue striped sweater.
Sam the Lion Dai Jenkins
Pete Shoemaker
Lucille Harris (Read Now! series)
Sam is one of Reader Rabbit's best friends. He is a lion who likes to go on adventures. He also appears as a cub in Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9 where he was driving a ship in the flashback. He also teams up with Penelope the Parrot in all activities except the one that involves fractions on pizza and the song he sings is Sam's Song. In the 1986-1993 games he wears a green t-shirt. He also appears as the leader and the main protagonist in the live-action/animated video series Read Now! with a shiny red nose, a red mane and a red tuft of hair on his tail.
Matilda the Mouse Laura Rice
Matilda (nicknamed "Mattie" or "Mat") is one of Reader Rabbit's best friends. She is a feisty young mouse who likes to do everything and wears a yellow shirt,a blue dress with white buttons and a blue ribbon on her tail (only from 1989–1994) . As a main character in Reader Rabbit Kindergarten, she finds some things that Spike is stealing. In Reader Rabbit Toddler, she visits Reader Rabbit and goes into the book where it has so many fun worlds you can select. Mattie makes plenty of jokes! The song she sings is Mat's Song. She also appears in Interactive Math Journey and in the video series Read Now!.
Charlie Chipmunk
Charlie is the head councillor in Reader Rabbit Kindergarten and a stage manager in 1st Grade. He wears a red baseball cap and a red and white striped shirt.
Wonder Pony Let's Start Learning
Wonder Pony is a very elegant pony[citation needed]. She is blue with a blonde mane and tail.
Mimi Rabbit
Mimi Rabbit is Reader's younger sister. She rarely appears in any of the games and is apparently four years old. She may not only appear more often in the games with the young version of Reader Rabbit, but may also appear in the DVDs of Reader Rabbit.
Ernest the Train
Ernest is a blue train who appears in Reader Rabbit's Reading 1 and 2.
Buster the Transforming Car Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 2
Buster is a red, blue and orange car.
Paige the Adventure Manual
Paige is Reader Rabbit's pink manual who appears in the 2001 versions of Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade.
Chester
Reader Rabbit's safe for keeping things in and he appears in the 2001 versions of Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade.
Grandma Rabbit
Reader's grandmother.
Grandpa Rabbit
Reader's grandfather.

Minor[edit]

Name First Appearance Voiced by
Penelope the Parrot Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9 Brett Abramson
Penelope is a very bright green parrot. She has been found on an island by Reader Rabbit and Sam the Lion. She likes to fly. As you click on the icons for math activities, she will be your guide. She is also the responsibility of the pizza activity where you can help her put the right ingredients in the dough for making pizza. In the trap activity, you can pick out the money from her hand.
Captain Ratbeard Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9 Charles Martinet
Captain Ratbeard is the leader of the Pirats and the nastiest member of the group. He wears a hat, boots, a coat, and a belt with a sword attached to it. Due to his name, he has a red beard with a mustache. He has been found by Sam the Lion in the beach version of the sail-drawing activity and is the first Pirat to be part of the time activity. The song he sings is "Captain Ratbeard's Song".
Pearl Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9 Susan Parks
Pearl is a stout female Pirat who wears a fuchsia dress and a short yellow curly wig. She wants to be rough and tough in her way. She has been found by Sam the Lion in the cavern version of the sail-drawing activity and is the third Pirat to be part of the time activity. The song she sings is "Rough And Ready".
Vermina Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9 Brett Abramson (1997–2001)
Erin Roush (2001–present)
Vermina is a thin female Pirat who wears a light blue shirt with a rope-like belt, dark blue pants with a yellow patch, and a long brown straight wig. She is the kindest Pirat who has a beautiful voice and loves to sing. She has been found by Sam the Lion in the beach and jungle versions of the sail-drawing activity and Connor McBrayer M.D. in Wordville Soup and is the first Pirat to sit by the fire in the cave. The song she sings is "This Is The Life For Me". In this song, she dreams of having the most wonderful life for herself.
Cheester Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9 Roger Jackson
Cheester is a fat male Pirat who wears a shirt with sky blue and white stripes on, dark blue pants and a hunk of cheese on his head. His desire may be counting a lot of treasures he sees. He has been found by Sam the Lion in the jungle version of the sail-drawing activity and is the second Pirat to be part of the time activity. The song he sings is "Cheester's Song".
Riley Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9 Derek Sorrentino
Riley is a thin male Pirat who wears a shirt with light orange and white stripes on and dark orange pants. He has a cockney accent. He has been found by Sam the Lion in the cavern version of the sail-drawing activity. The song he sings is "Riley's Song".
The Performing Hamsters Learn to Read Irene Trapp
Terry McGovern
Marina Cashmark
Derek Sorentino
Nellie is a gray hamster, and the song she sings is Nellie's Song.

Calhoun is a brownish red hamster, and the song he sings is Calhoun's Song.

Lefty is a brown hamster, and the song he sings is Lefty's Song.

Milton is an orangy red hamster, and the song he sings is Milton's Song.

Sis the Snake Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 1
Sis is a purple snake. She also appears in the Read Now video series.
Mit the Monkey
Mit is a monkey who is very talkative. He is featured in Reader Rabbit's Preschool, Reader Rabbit Personalized Reading Ages 4–6 and Reader Rabbit Personalized Reading Ages 6–9. He also appears in the video series Read Now!.
Ann the Giraffe Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 1
Ann is a tall giraffe. She also appears in the video series Read Now!.
Ed the Dog Reader Rabbit's Preschool
Ed is a cook.
Ben the Ant Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 1
Ben is the leader of ant band. He also appears in the video series Read Now!.
Tally the Counting Cat Reader Rabbit Preschool
Tally is a good mathematician and she appears in Reader Rabbit's Preschool and Interactive Math Journey For Grades 1-3. She is also the math magician.
Nanny Toucanny Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 1
Nanny (nicknamed "Nan") also appears in the Read Now! video series.
Wheel Bear
The Wheel Bear is a brown bear who wears a T-shirt and sits on a wheelchair. He is featured in Reader Rabbit Personalized Reading Ages 6–9 and seen in books 5 and 6.
Sid the Horse Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 1
Sid is a yellow horse with a brown mane and tail and appears in the Interactive Reading Journeys.
Pierre
Pierre is a grey and black raccoon who wears a black beret and has a French accent, so he is presumably from France. He owns a performing arts studio as well as a kitchen and also likes cooking.
The Bears Reader Rabbit Kindergarten
Baby Bear is a bear cub and one Matilda's good friends. In a 2001 Reader Rabbit Preschool game, she appeared as the drummer for 7 sing-alongs.

Papa Bear is Baby Bear's father and runs a store. He wears a white apron. In a 2001 Reader Rabbit Preschool game, he appeared as the bassist for 7 sing-alongs.

Mama Bear is Baby Bear's mother.

Lolo
Lolo is a racoon with crutches.
Spike the Porcupine Reader Rabbit Kindergarten Roger L. Jackson
Spike is a porcupine. He is known for his devious personality, and wears a red baseball cap that is usually backwards and a pair of red and white sneakers. In Reader Rabbits Kindergarten, he takes an item from all the characters and the song he sings is Spike's Song.
Lenny Loudspeaker Reader Rabbit Kindergarten
Lenny Loudspeaker is a loudspeaker that announces things to the campers. In addition, if the player clicks on him he will give offbeat facts about nature. He is also fond of cracking jokes, often in the form of puns.
Babs the Beaver
Babs is featured in Reader Rabbit Kindergarten. She is a brown beaver with buck teeth. She wears blue overalls with a yellow construction hat. She has a southern accent. In a 2001 Reader Rabbit Preschool game, she appeared as the pianist for 7 sing-alongs.
Professor Olivia Owl
Olivia is a great reader and she has a parrot named Penelope.
Holey Mole Reader Rabbit Kindergarten
Holey Mole works in a mine tunnel, and is depicted as a mole in a construction worker-type outfit.
Sylvia Skunk Reader Rabbit Kindergarten
Sylvia Skunk wears a pink sleeveless shirt and purple shorts and has a short ponytail. She sometimes wears a yellow polka-dot bikini. In a 2001 Reader Rabbit Preschool game, she appeared as the main singer for 7 sing-alongs.
Go-Go Gophers Reader Rabbit Kindergarten
The Go-Go Gophers are a couple of gophers who wear bow ties.
Connor
Connor is a human that used to be Wordville's enemy but is now their friend because they helped get the sound back on his computer. He wants to be an adult in his own way. The song he sings is "This Is the Life For Me & Connor" In this song, he steals Vermina's life and transforms it into their life. Connor seems to be in love with Vermina.
Sean
Sean is another human who is Connor's father.
Simon Interactive Math Journey
Simon is a donkey who owns a sugarcane store.

Songs[edit]

  • "Captain Ratbeard's Song"
  • "This Is the Life For Me"
  • "Baby Basket Bingo"
  • "Cheester's Song"
  • "Rough And Ready"
  • "Riley's Song"
  • "This Is the Life For Me & Connor"
  • "Spike's Song"
  • "Sam's Song"
  • "Mat's Song"

Products in the franchise[edit]

Year Games Platforms
1986
  • Reader Rabbit
  • Math Rabbit
1987
  • Get Ready to Learn
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1988
  • Get Ready For Reading
  • -
1989
  • Reader Rabbit 1
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1990
  • Reader Rabbit 2
1991
  • Reader Rabbit 3
  • Ready for Letters
1993
  • Math Rabbit Deluxe
  • Interactive Reading Journey 1
1994
  • Reading Development Library 1
  • Interactive Reading Journey 2
  • Learn to Read CD Sampler
1995
  • Reading Development Library 2
  • Reading Development Library 3
  • Reading Development Library 4
  • Lets Start Learning
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
1996
  • Learn to Read
  • -
1997
  • Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • -
  • -
  • -
1998
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • Interactive Reading Journey For Grades K-1
  • Interactive Reading Journey For Grades 1-2
  • Interactive Math Journey For Grades 1-3
  • Reading 1
  • Reading 2
  • Math 1
  • Math 2
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
1999
  • Playtime for Baby
  • Reading Ages 4–6
  • Math Ages 4–6
  • Phonics Ages 4–6
  • Complete Learn to Read System
  • Thinking Adventures Ages 4–6
  • Reading Ages 6–9
  • Math Ages 6–9
  • Phonics Ages 6–9
  • Thinking Adventures Ages 6–9
  • Reader Rabbit Personalized 2nd Grade
2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jinny Gudmundsen, USA Today. "Reader Rabbit hops over to the Wii." May 29, 2011. Retrieve June 7, 2011.

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