LeapFrog LeapPad 2 & Mr. Pencil Ultra eBook {Giveaway}

When it comes to education and little people, I am a tremendous believer in unstructured play (often involving dirt and mess).  In fact, a few years ago, I was the sort of parent who shunned the majority of battery operated learning toys.  As my first child grew (as did my experiences in parenting) my perspective shifted a bit (along with some of my other parenting philosophies).  I’m still a huge proponent of learning through creative play, but also see how appropriate time with fun educational devices can enhance the learning process.

Over the past eight months, I’ve had the chance to review many LeapFrog products and learn about the extensive process of consumer and educational research involved in their product development. I am incredibly impressed with the LeapPad2 Explorer (and not just because I’ve been able to repo my iPad). I appreciate that it can be programmed to the child’s specific level, is virtually indestructible, and isn’t directly connected to the Internet (unlike the iPad and its strong temptation to solely YouTube).  The high educational quality of LeapFrog’s content is ingeniously presented in a fun and exciting way that my own children enjoy. 

Lucia has been quite empowered by taking on the “teacher” role while helping her little brother learn to use his LeapPad.  They are definitely not the sort of toys that are quickly forgotten about and left on a shelf.  

Our LeapPads recently made our (expected) hour long wait at our pediatrician’s office (while hungry!)  pretty painless.  The kiddos created and compared pictures in the art studio app and took care of their virtual pets in the Pet Pad writing app (both apps come free with the LeapPad 2).

Lucia also captured her own photos and video on her LeapPad 2, while taking in Petite Parade’s Kids Fashion Week in NYC from front row seating: 

I recently had an insider view of the makings of LeapFrog’s newest Ultra eBook Mr. Pencil and the Lost Colors of Doodleburg, through a teleconference with the eBook’s creation team.  Mr Pencil (created for ages 4 – 7) helps strengthen writing skills through various entertaining handwriting activities.  The handwriting components in Mr Pencil are sequenced in a developmentally appropriate way, teaching proper stroke order.   The writing activities begin with basic letter strokes (comprised of vertical and horizontal lines) and gradually move to letters comprised of curved and angled lines. 

As a parent, I appreciate that the game is customizable.  The reading component is auto-leveled with three different tiers, and the handwriting portions also have separate learning levels.  Thus catering to a wide range of learners, including some children who may be strong readers but need to build their writing skills..

The storyline  is definitely entertaining as the player must help Mr. Pencil and friends rescue the colors (representing creativity and imagination) form the (non-scary) villain Dr. Dull.  Lucia connected to Mr. Pencil immediately, and I’ve observed her taping on words to see their definition in an animated virtual dictionary.  As she has progressed on to the next level, she sees longer sentence structure and a more sophisticated vocabulary than the previous level.  Like all LeapFrog Learning games, the child becomes an integral part of the storyline, making it a fun adventure while building fundamental skills.

Win It!

Leapfrog is providing one lucky reader with a LeapPad 2 (in the winner’s choice of green or pink) and Mr. Pencil Ultra eBook (total MSRP $120).   Enter to win in my below rafflecopter.  This contest is open to US only and the winning entry will be verified.  Good luck to all!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Leap Frog provided me with a LeapPad 2 and a Mr. Pencil Ultra eBook for review purposes.  As in all my review, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.  To see my previous reviews of other LeapFrog Learning products, click on “LeapFrog” under my labels widget.  

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  1. What an impressive product! Similar to your Little Ones, I think both my oldest and youngest could get so much out of these LeapFrog products. Would love to win!

  2. love leap frog products. good luck to everyone entering :)

  3. Thanks so much for this giveaway! :)

    Shandi Naugle
    shandimessmerfacebook@hotmail.com

  4. Seeing as how our tag reading system is a success, I'm sure Jack would love to try the leappad :)

  5. my son loves mr. pencil. we just have the leapster explorer though – he'd love the leappad!

  6. My 4 year old would love this!

  7. would love to own this!

  8. my nephew would love it https://twitter.com/jacksondeb/status/314201000997187585
    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  9. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  10. We are big Leap Frog fans in this house! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  11. Awesome giveaway! My one son has a leappad 2 and I have been wanting one for his brother.

  12. Thanks for the opportunity

  13. My kids would love this. They have the Leap pad 1

  14. I did not know they did that much. That is an aweomse product. Would love to see one of them in my household.

    Cynthia

  15. I love my leap pad, my daughter plays with it in the car and early morning. I love the picture of her at the fashion that is Awesome.. Nothing like the opportunities Bloggers kids get!!

  16. Would love one for Jack – he seriously needs to let go of my Kindle!

  17. This sounds awesome.. thank you so much, Shauna

  18. leapfrog products are great for reading

    livivua on rafflecopter

  19. Leapfrog makes some great stuff. My kids would love one of these!

  20. Big fan of the Leap Frog Products

  21. Emily D. says:

    My daughter would love this!

  22. Keeley N says:

    i would love to win for my 4 year old boy. Thanks for the chance! :)

    zueblue22 at yahoo dot com

  23. Would love to own this! What an awesome product and giveaway!!
    agopal3005 at gmail dot com

  24. My niece would so want this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. This would be so fun. Thanks!

  26. Very cool! My daughter would love this. Thanks for the giveaway! hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

  27. this would be a great birthday gift for my sone. he would love it!

  28. awesome item

  29. love leapfrog products, thanks for the giveaway

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  30. I think educational toys are a must with learning, especially in this day and age of technology, but like you I tend to believe its a right of passage for our kids to get messy and play in the dirt!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!!

  31. My nephew would love this. I was completely impressed with LeapFrog when my niece was younger and am super excited about this giveaway!

    AndreaH
    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. I would like to win for my child

  33. Ann Fantom says:

    I would love to win this for my daughter. Thanks for the chance.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  34. my daughter would love this.
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

  35. my kids would love this! thatbabybrand@yahoo.com

  36. My Grandson would love this,thnanks so much for the chance!!!!

  37. This would work real well for my 4 year old granddaughter, her mother is homeschooling her.

  38. I would love to win this!! Thank you so much!!
    Nichole2577 at aol dot com

  39. Debbie Lewis says:

    My granddaughter would love this.

  40. I love leapfrog products

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  41. My son would love this!!

  42. I would like to win this gadget (LeapFrog LeapPad 2 & Mr. Pencil Ultra eBook) because this is the gift that i gave it to my nephew.

  43. This would be so helpful for my niece

  44. Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing learning toy :) My daughter would love this!
    BabyTee8907 at yahoo dot com

  45. I would love to gift this to my Goddaughter!

  46. I so want to get a LeapFrog, for road trips, if no other reason…

  47. My little boy would love this!

  48. nicole barr says:

    this would so great to have to keep my daughter occupied while waiting at the drs or anywhere else

    nicolemb2010 at yahoo dot com

  49. carol roberts says:

    this would be great for my son

  50. my grandson would love this thanks for the chance and good luck to all

  51. So many things to do & learn in a little package. Would love to win this for my granddaughter!!

  52. kristina snyder says:

    such great gadgets for children

  53. Thanks for the contest.

  54. I want to win this for my nephew in Mississippi….This one is for you Armoni

  55. Thank you for the giveaway!! My nephew would really love this and his birthday is coming up so this would be awesome to win!

  56. I know which little boy would love this! My friend has a three-year old, very smart, inquisitive and he would find hours of enjoyment with Leap Frog.

  57. great giveaway fingers crossed here my kids would slap me in the face to give them this!! lol out of surprise that is ;) lol

  58. I would love to have this for my sons.

  59. Leap frog products have come a long way. They in my opinion are leaders in educational gaming technology, I would love this product for our LO

  60. I have a grandson that would love to own this!! Technology is amazing these days!

  61. We have one of the older LeapPads. It would be great to get a new one. They are great products.

  62. I would love to win this for my son! Awesome giveaway thanks for the chance!!

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  64. Thanks for the chance to win for my daughter!

  65. love to win it for my grandchildren.

  66. Awesome giveaway, my grandson would love this

  67. Love this giveaway!

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  69. This would be amazing for my 4 year old! He would love this!! thanks for the chance to win such a great educational product!

    allyson tice
    sunflowerally22@aim.com

  70. My niece would love this!

  71. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, my daughter could use this and would love it

    greenday14fan@yahoo.com

  72. Id love to win this for my niece. Thank you for the chance!

    Amanda S on rafflecopter

  73. I would love to win this for my little grandson. I think it would be a great learning tool for him.

  74. My Grandson would love this. Looks like it makes learning lots of fun! Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!!!!

  75. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these!

  76. My grandson owns one and loves it, but won't share with his younger sister. Need another!

  77. My Kids LOVE leap pads!! brittonmcdermott@gmail.com

  78. I would love to win this for my kids, maybe they would leave my iPad alone :) Thanks for the chance!

    suebee05@gmail.com

  79. Thanks for the giveaway!
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  80. Thanks so much for a great giveaway! I would love to win this for my son!

  81. Stephanie says:

    What an awesome giveaway!! Truly hope I win. The toddlers will love it. <3

  82. I'd love to win this for my son. He would love it.

    Jamie Brigham
    PrettyInPinkWife @ aol dot com

  83. I would love this for my son.

  84. Thanks so much. My daughter would love to win one of these

  85. My son would love this. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

  86. my 6 year old has been wanting one of these since Christmas!

    ssgsweeps @ hotmail .com

  87. My 2 year old is always stealing his brother's tablet. He would love this.

  88. Leap Frog is wonderful!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  89. I love Leapfrog products. I would love to win this for my son.

  90. I love leapfrog products. I would love to win this for my son.

  91. Love the pictures! Such sweet children! I think my grandson would love this prize!
    magloro@gmail.com

  92. would love to win this for my daughter

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

  93. Oh my son would LOVE this! Thanks for the chance!
    Brandi P.
    price21100@yahoo .com

  94. My son would LOVE this! Thanks for the chance!
    Brandi Price
    Price21100@yahoo .com

  95. Thank you much for the chance to win this, my youngest child would love it!

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  97. Would Luv To Win This Giveaway For My Cousin

  98. This is a great product! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  99. would love to win this for my son

    cathycasper@hughes.net

  100. This is an awesome product! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  101. My nieces would have a blast with this and not even realizing they are learning!

  102. My son would love a leapfrog product

  103. Very informative review. I'd love to get a leapfrog for my little ones

  104. LeapFrog products are so awesome. My daughter would love this!
    Mandinav(at)aol(dot)com

  105. This would be a great product for my son and daughter! Thanks for the chance

    thransom@gmail.com

  106. I love LeapFrog products, they are so durable and great fun/learning tools for kids! I would love to win for my almost 4 year old! Thanks for the review!

  107. We love LeapFrog items, really last long.

  108. thanks for the chacne we love leap frog

  109. My grandson would love one of these. Unfortunately we can't afford the extra cash to get him one. Hopefully I can win this :)

  110. i would love to win this for my boys :)

  111. Gennie Lancaster says:

    I love to win this for my daughter and niece!

  112. my 2 kids would love one of these…thanks for the chance..

  113. I love these leap frogs and would love to win one for my grandaughter, good luck everyone!

  114. We use a lot of Leap Frog products. Both of my kids would enjoy a leap pad.

  115. I would love to win this for my four year old son. Thank you for the chance

    (d schmidt in widget)

  116. Thanks for the opportuntiy and GLTA

  117. I would love to win this for my girls

  118. Would love to have this for my daughter! Thanks for the giveaway

  119. Such an awesome product for children to learn! (: I would love it for my nephew. (: Under Christina in rafflecopter

  120. I love Leapfrog products. My niece would love it.

  121. Awesome giveaway!!! Thanks!

  122. I think this is a great giveaway. I just wish I had one for my kids. They would go nuts.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    http://victoriascooking.blogspot.com/

  123. Would love to win this for my daughter!

  124. My little grandson has been wanting one of these ever since Christmas! Thanks for giving one away!

  125. Would love this! Thank you!

  126. Would love to win this for my toddler!

    nathansmommy619(At)aol(dot)com

  127. thanks for the giveaway!

  128. I would love to win this for my grandson. Thanks for the giveaway!

  129. Thanks for this giveaway. My son would love this!

  130. Awesome giveaway!

  131. Awesome giveaway!

  132. awesome! would love this for my daughter!

  133. So excited to maybe win!!! :)

  134. So excited to maybe win!!! :)

  135. Oh my little guys have been dying to get one of these! There is so many fun things the kids can do with these! I love that there are no ad pop ups or risk of little ones clicking through links, ads, or deleting things as they would on your ipad or phone!

  136. My grandson would love this giveaway!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

  137. All 3 of my kids would love to have this! It looks so neat

  138. I love LeapFrog product. My son would LOVE this

  139. I would love the green one for my son. thanks.

  140. Thank you for the opportunity to win this! I love your blog!

  141. LeapFrog makes the best products for kids!

  142. LeapFrog makes such great products! I'm so excited for this giveaway

    lemonzest12 at hotmail dot com

  143. This would be great for my son!

  144. I would donate this to a childrens charity at Christmas.

  145. Would love to get this for my son!

  146. Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win this for my son! Leapfrog toys are so great!

  147. I want to win thius for my grandson Julius he would lovei t

  148. We love LeapFrog products. Thanks for the giveaway.

  149. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Thanks For The Chance ! My Family Love Leapfrog Products !:)

  150. my son would love this..he still loves his scout he got for his first bday

  151. I love Leap Frog products. What a great way to help kids learn! skibmama23@gmail

  152. my kids would love this. We love leapfrog

  153. I would love to win this for my kids!

  154. Kristen H says:

    I would love to win this for my kids!

  155. Anonymous says:

    My daughter would love this!
    jcristig@hotmail.com

  156. I would love to win this for my grandson for his birthday coming up!
    Susan Chester

  157. It's so cool that these exist! I would love to win this for my LO! :)

  158. hope my family gets the chance to check one out

  159. This would be wonderful to have for my son.

  160. I would love this for my little one! angelgenius27(at)yahoo(dot)com

  161. This would be great for our daughter.

  162. Amazing giveaway! I would love to win this for my granddaughters.

  163. I love Leap Pad! They have so many great educational games! I'd love to win this for my daughter. Thanks for the chance.

  164. Great giveaway! I would love to win this for my son.

  165. Would be a great present for my son

  166. Wow! That looks like so much fun!

  167. I would love to win the leap pad2 for my 7yr old! We don't have internet @ home, so this would give her something else to do, to help her education!

  168. Thanks for the chance to win this for my son. He would love this.

  169. My son would love this!

  170. I'd love it if we won, since educational toys are so much better than your typical ipad apps!

  171. My kids would LOVE to have a LeapFrog

  172. Love the green one for my niece, my fb is Michelle Trump and my email is tracietrump@yahoo.com

  173. Thanks for the giveaway!

  174. My daughter would be so excited to get this!!

  175. My kiddo would love this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  176. I would love to win this for my little grandson.

  177. My grandaughter would love this.

  178. stephanie s says:

    Its amazing the difference in toys from 1983 to 2013…I know we wouldnt have known how to use this:)

  179. My son would absolutely love this =)

  180. LeapFrogs are great.

  181. I'd love to win this for my daughter! She likes getting on my computer to play games, sometimes more than I do, lol. Was looking into these the other day, and I know she'd love it!

  182. This would be awesome for my kids! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  183. I think this is something my niece would adore. She's always wanting to use phones and computers and e-readers, but she's not old enough yet to understand their fragility if/when dropped.

  184. I think my granddaughter would love this! We are huge fans of anything Leap Frog!!
    maggietucker10 at yahoo dot com

  185. I enjoy Leap Frog products for my child. They are educational and keep children busy and happy.

  186. This would be great for my grandson!! Thanks!

  187. I love LeapFrog products and I know my kids would love this.

    april yedinak

  188. My 3 have been wanting a LeapPad for a while now.

  189. this would be so great for my son!

  190. Would love to have an educational toy like this!

  191. my daughter would love this thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  192. My godson will love this!

  193. What an awesome giveaway. My grandson has been begging for a LeapPad – maybe I can win one for him.

  194. Wow this is a great giveaway and would be so great for my son's birthday thanks so much for the giveaway.
    amy williams
    sethandtjay@yahoo.com

  195. wow my sons would love this-thanks for the chance!

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

  196. Anonymous says:

    my children would love this and maybe leave my ipad alone

  197. My son would love this. If I win then maybe I could get my kindle back.

  198. I think my daughter is finally old enough to appreciate a gift like this. It would be perfect for her birthday!

  199. i'de loive this for my grandson

  200. My son has been using LeapFrog products for a while. This one is awesome!

  201. Thanks for this chance My Grandson has ask for this for his birthday Hope I can deliver…

  202. My daughter would love this! Thanks for the chance!

  203. my daughter would love this thanks for the chance to win

  204. I think my little one would really love this. It is such a neat concept!

  205. My boys LOVE LeapFrog toys, we would be delighted to add to our collection! :)

  206. My son would just love this!!!

  207. I would love to win this for my two little sweethearts! Thank you for the chance!

  208. I would love to win the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 for my little niece as I am sure that she could learn a lot from using it.

  209. My so would love to have his own “tablet”. He is always trying to steal mine! What a neat product!

  210. I would love to give this to my grandson.
    Judy S
    pookiecat123 at yahoo dot com

  211. would like to win this for my grand daughter

  212. My kids would love this.

  213. would love to own this for my kiddos:)

  214. New to this site> love it and my grandson would love this LeapFrog product

  215. Love leap frog products
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  216. Crystal Mexico says:

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  217. Great Giveaway . I would love to win this for my daughter . He birthday is in a week so this would make a great gift

  218. Holly S. says:

    My little girl would love this! She always wants to play on my ipad.

  219. I'd love to win!

  220. Love LeapFrog products! They are so much fun! The Kid's Fashion Show looks like a lot of fun too!!

    jreed@brytammfg.com

  221. Leapfrog helped my daughter to read, now this would be perfect for my neice

  222. My son would love this!

  223. what a great prize!! thanks!

  224. I would like to win for my child

  225. I want a LeapFrog LeapPad! Hehe. I've been trying to win one forever! One of these days, it will be me! Hehe.

  226. I love LeapFrog products! My son has been asking for the LeapPad for a while now, he has the Leapster Explorer and loves it but it doesn't have enough memory for all the apps he wants to use. I'd love to be able to upgrade him.

  227. I have 7 kids and this item would be well loved in our home! :) Thank you

  228. My kids would adore this!! Thanks for the chance!

  229. just stumbled across your blog thanks for the great giveaway

    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

  230. LOVE Leap Frog products and we don't have these yet!!

  231. LOVE LeapFrog!!!

  232. I really love this giveaway
    Thanks for the chance to enter

    Fiona N

  233. Anonymous says:

    We would really like to start using something like this for our boys!

  234. I have been wanting to get a Leapfrog for my daughter. Thank you for the chance!

  235. I would love to win this for my little girl!

  236. This would be great for my daughter.

  237. Leapfrog make such great products. My sons would love these.

  238. This would be perfect for my son! He loves technology :)

  239. This would be great for my 4 yr. old- he would think he was in HEAVEN!

  240. My son (4) would LOVE this!

  241. Thank you for the great giveaway opportunity, my nephews would love to have one of these!

  242. What a great learning tool for kids!! I know my daughter would love it.

    Entered under Jill

  243. I would love to have this! :)

  244. My son had leapfrog when he was young, and now my daughter is just the right age for one now

  245. my nephew would love this

  246. My daughter loves all things electronics! She is going to kindergarten this year and has not been to any kind of preschool so I really want something like this with apps to help her learn!

  247. thanks for the wonderful giveaways

  248. I love LeapFrog, and my boys would absolutely love this!

    rafflecopter name: Laura Proctor Unger

  249. Anonymous says:

    My daughter would love this!!
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

  250. This would be wonderful for my daughter

  251. awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity

  252. Thanks so much for this giveaway! :)

  253. leapfrog rocks!!! this would be awesome

  254. The leappad would be great for my daughter who will be three next month

  255. I'd love to have one of these for my son!

  256. Erica Landreth says:

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  257. This Would Be Cool To Get So I Could Give It To My Nephew, He Would Love It!

  258. My grandson would love this!

  259. Michelle Proper says:

    Wow! How exciting! My 3 & 4 year old Grandsons would go nuts for this! I know Leap Frog is an excellent product!

  260. My kids love any Leap Frog products they can get their hands on! :)

    sarah.zaengle at yahoo dot com

  261. The Leappad 2 is wonderful. My daughter loves hers, and I would love to win one for my nephew or niece.

  262. Love to win!

  263. Love to win for my lil peanut!

  264. my son would love on of these!!

  265. Would love to try out the LeapPad with my daughter!

  266. My daughter would love this Leap Pad!

  267. I too appreciate that it can be programmed to the child's specific level. I would love to have this in our home.

  268. I would love to win this for my grandson for his birthday! He would love it. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

  269. This would make a nice gift for my daughter.

  270. This looks so cool! They have WAY better toys than when I was a kid, you know. I agree about the LeapPad 2 not being connected to the internet. Too much of a temptation. And accidental viewing too. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  271. This seems like a great app for a great product, thanks for the opportunity.

  272. My daughter would go nuts for this!

  273. great system! would love it

  274. my niece and nephew love LeapFrog.

  275. Leap Frog is a great learning tool.

  276. Love all the learning games

  277. This is a wonderful giveaway!!

  278. My grandson really wants one of thee. Thanks for the giveaway.

  279. I always enjoy reading your detailed LeapFrog reviews and you host so many great giveaways! Fingers crossed as I have entered many and truly hope that I win this for my grandson. Thank you for the chance to win such a quality product and for sharing so many beautiful stories here.

  280. I would love to give this to my granddaughter!

  281. this looks neat, my kids would love it!

  282. Oh my gosh! What a great giveaway. Thanks:-)

  283. Anonymous says:

    I would love to win this for my grandbaby.I think leap frog makes great products.

  284. Thanks for the chance!

  285. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    Kelsey Apley

  286. Anonymous says:

    My daughter would love this! Thanx for the chance!

  287. I would love this for my niece/nephew.

  288. My kids would love this! momlovesdeals st gmail dot com

  289. Anonymous says:

    my little ones would really love to have one of these. They really enjoy their other Leap frog toys wilcarvic
    [at]gmail[dot[com]]

  290. I'm a teacher's aide and we'd love to have this in the classroom

  291. i would love to win
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  292. My son would love this.We are huge LeapFrog fans.

  293. This would be perfect for my granddaughter!

  294. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! I want this for my grandson.

  295. My son would love this – thanks for the opportunity!

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

  296. My daughter would love this!!!

  297. I home school my children and am having a difficult time trying to find something to keep my three-year-old occupied with while teaching my 2nd, 4th, and 9th graders. The “age appropriate” stuff is too basic for him and I do not want him watching television. I think this product would help alleviate some of my dilemma.

  298. This is a great review and I wish that I did not miss the giveaway. I just can't get over that photo of your daughter at front row of fashion week!!! That is such a cool experience and it looks like she was really into using her leappad too …just like all the adults photographing the runway!

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