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Wonderful, keeps attention/educational
on February 19, 2013
Several awesome features:
*Read to me...Narrator reads to you while it highlights the word that is being read on screen. Very clear and professional reading. You/your child can click on the characters on the train and they will make sounds and move around. It's entertaining and educational. Going from one paragraph to the next on screen is simple, just hit he play button. As we know with children, their attention spans are meant for variety, and in the middle of the book it has interactive activities like "drag the train track to the matching color", and carnival activities. The only bad thing is that there is only one story (17 pages), because it really is great and it would be awesome to have more stories!
*You can also choose to read the book by yourself, without the narrator reading it to you, and the characters are still clickable and fun in this version.
*There are two videos, both have good music, fun graphics, and cool story lines! They are songs and on screen lyrics for the songs are provided. They are both good messages, "Be prepared to be the best you are" and "Me and My Friends".
*The two games I alluded to earlier in the audio book (Kooky Karnival Fun and Track Build-up) are both available as standalone games separate from reading the book. Kooky Karnival Fun especially has replay value, you tab the stuffed animals on screen to knock them down.
*Paint...Three coloring sheets. There are 10 colors to use in painting, and you can zoom in/out on your coloring sheet to allow you to color better. It also easily allows you to take a screen shot of your coloring sheet and save it. The coloring is clicking on a piece of the sheet and tapping it to apply the color, not actually swiping your finger, so it's easy for any age to come up with a cool coloring combination.
This is a great app for parents and teachers alike (with incorporating more technology into the classroom with tablets). Either will find a professional done app with great menus and features, an app that always has a positive message for their children, and an app that is sure to capture the attention of the children and keep them engaged.
(Kindle Fire HD)