Finding Nemo Storybook Deluxe by Disney Storytime – Review



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What we love…

illustrations, ability to record your own voice for the story, the “whale song” game with Dory

What we’d love to see…

Parent lock and removal of external links, ability to have an entire page re-read and optimization for an iPad Mini

Summary

Overall, good adaptation of the book although the current price point of $6.99 is a bit high for the amount of content included.

Our Rating

Finding Nemo Storybook DeluxeFinding Nemo Storybook Deluxe by Disney Storytime  provides your favorite characters from Finding Nemo in a storybook format.  The book features Nemo, Dory, Crush, Marlin, Gill and many more characters in this app.  The book features the story of Marlin the clownfish and his son Nemo who are in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef and is ready to start school.  Unfortunately, Nemo is dared by his friends during school at the drop off to touch a boat and is captured by a diver and ends up in the aquarium of a dentist in Sydney Australia.  Marlin is determined to save his son and meets up with Dory as well as a variety of other animals during his journey to save his son.  The book features “read it to me”, “read it to myself”, and our favorite of “record your own voice” which allows you to read a page in your own words.    It also includes coloring pages, puzzles and a matching game.

The illustrations in this app are top notch and very reminiscent of the movie.  We liked finding the sound effects and music within the app as well as the light animation within each page.  The pages do include word highlighting in the read to me mode and allow you to either “auto flip” or turn the pages on your own.  The coloring pages were fun – although hearing Dory translate our words to “Whale Song” was by far our favorite activity after reading the story.

The narration while done properly does leave a bit to be desired.  I wish you could tap on text to have the entire page re-read which is important for early readers as they practice literacy skills.  I also think that the current pricing of the app at $6.99 is a bit high for the amount of content that you get.  I also found that the pages did not fit well to my iPad Mini screen and ran over so we couldn’t easily access the buttons.  The app does include external links and does not have a parent lock – which should be added in a future update.

Overall, if your child is a Nemo lover like mine, this is a good adaptation of the movie.  There are external links including links to other apps, the iTunes store, Facebook, Twitter and the internet.  Be sure to check out our “Shark Week” post for other shark themed apps!

 

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.



100 Zoo Animals from 100 Things App – Review



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What we love…

fantastic photos of each animal and the sound of selected animals

What we’d love to see…

child proofing of external links, more factual information about each animal as well as pronouncing each animals name

Summary

Basic idea of the app is there, but needs more content to be educational for all children

Our Rating

100 Zoo Animals from 100 Things App is a universal iOS app that depicts 100 Zoo Animals within the app using photographs and audio clips. The photographs are taken by professional photographers.

The app has beautiful and realistic graphics which depict each of the animals and when you touch them their sound is played via the iPad. Not all of the animals have sounds that play, but about 70% seem to. There is a section where you can “pick” by animal which one you want to see within the app which allows parents to show specific types of animals or your child to pick their favorites from within the app.

In terms of enhancements, this app needs a parent lock as there are two areas on the main screen which have external links to the iTunes store and need a parent lock. The app should also say the name of the animal and it would be great if a quick fact or two was shared about them when you look at them. I also found a few times that the audio included external noises other than the animal such as children in the “African Lion.” If the developer included information about each type of animal such as habitat, where the animal is commonly from, a pronunciation of the name of the animal it would be much more educational. I’d also like to see a fun quiz at the end to test the knowledge of the user of the app.

There are no in-app purchases within the app, but there are external links to the iTunes store which are not childproof. The app is educational in that it tells you what each animal is via written text and plays a sound. It needs a bit more content including information about each type of animal, a spoken pronunciation of the animal to provide more educational information. It is best tested with a parent/child and could be used in home schooling or to accompany a trip to the zoo. The app is best suited for toddlers through grade school children who enjoy seeing pictures of animals and hearing the sounds that they make.

100 Things: Zoo Animals - Video & Picture Book for Toddlers
100 Things: Zoo Animals - Video & Picture Book for Toddlers
by 100 Things App LLC

Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 265.69 MB

$2.99USD

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.



Lately Lily: Paris for a Day! by Lately Lily LLC – Review



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What we love…

Adorable illustrations, interactive games

What we’d love to see…

Another chapter, minor changes to soundtrack

Summary

Overall, a cute story and interactive game app, we love it’s unique, quirky style. This app will appeal most to 4-8-year-olds, who we hope will be inspired by Lily to want to see the world !

Our Rating

Lately Lily: Paris for a Day!

Lately Lily Paris for a Day! is an iPad only app and the first app from Southern California -based developer Lately Lily LLC.  Although this is Lily’s first app, she is also the star of a line of children’s clothes, you can read more about her at LatelyLily.com. Lily is a globe trotter – she loves to travel the world with her faithful companion a stuffed toy zebra named Zeborah. The app is a combination of a story and a game – children can complete a series of interactive activities, as the story of Lily’s visit to Paris unfolds. Lately Lily has charming hand- drawn illustrations –  they look cut-outs of pen and ink illustrations on different colored  papers. The app is child-friendly – it contains no adverts, in-app purchases or external links. The child can leap directly to their favorite chapter from the home page, but there is no way to navigate within a chapter.

The story opens as Lily receives a letter from her good friend Audrey, who lives in Paris, inviting her to a concert, which prompts Lily to decide to visit Audrey. The reader can help Lily pack her bright yellow suitcase, choosing which outfits and accessories to bring along, Zeb cheers them along and makes sure they remember  to pack him too!

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In Chapter Two Zeb and Lily are at the airport, Zeb goes for a ride on the yellow suitcase as it heads off on the baggage carousel. However, this is no ordinary carousel – it is more like a fairground ride with gaps to leap, slopes to go up and down as well as lots of other luggage to avoid, it has multiple levels and if the yellow suitcase falls to the bottom level it starts moving back towards the baggage hall and away from the plane! The child helps Zeb to catch his flight by tapping on the suitcase making it fly up in the air to avoid the gaps and obstacles, until the suitcase safely reaches the plane.

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The third chapter is on the plane, Zeb and Lily are looking out of the window as they fly over France and the child must help them find 5 objects as they fly overhead. Objects out of the window appear out of focus until camera is over it, so the child needs to move the camera over the scene until they discover the correct image and then take a picture with it in the view finder.

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In chapter four Lily and Zeb have arrived in Paris. As they visit a typical Parisian courtyard the child can learn a little French. Tapping on an object will  make it’s name in French (and in smaller letters in English) appear on the screen, and then the word is spoken in both languages. The audio in this part of the app was quieter than in the rest of the app, so we had to turn up the volume to hear it properly. As the story ends Lily and Audrey are sitting together listening to the band play.

This is a very cute book/ game app and my six-year-old daughter enjoyed it. As well as being fun, this app works on hand-eye co-ordination, matching, visual discrimination and teaches a little French. There are a few enhancements I would like to see in a future update : I’d like to see the volume consistent throughout the app, I’d also like to see the chapter headings narrated if you touch them (most of the app is narrated but these are not, and many of the target audience may not yet be proficient readers). The app also feels a little short – I’d love to have a fifth chapter where Lily and Audrey together visit some of their favorite Paris landmarks, so the child can learn a little about Paris too.

Overall, a cute story and interactive game app, we love it’s unique, quirky style. This app will appeal most to 4-8 year- olds, who we hope will be inspired by Lily to want to see the world.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends by Cupcake Digital and American Greetings – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

the story is brought to life and reminds me of great childhood memories and Strawberry Shortcake; mini games, linkage to common core learning standards

What we’d love to see…

ability to turn off the music within the “read it to me” and “read and play” modes of the story; stronger parent lock (rather than entering a year of birth)

Summary

For parents who loved Strawberry Shortcake as a child as well as those who have little girls this is a great app with lots of great activities included.

Our Rating


Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends by Cupcake Digital and American Greetings is a newly released educational app featuring Strawberry Shortcake and her friends in Berry City including: Cherry Jam, Blueberry Muffin, Orange Blossom, Plum Pudding, Lemon Meringue and Raspberry Torte.  The app is an interactive storybook with a few mini games including nail painting, hair styling and berry blitz which is a Tetris like game where you have to move the fruit to fill the blenders.  There is also a “paint” section where you can paint your favorite character pages using brushes, crayons, chalk, stickers and more in a coloring book.    The story is about Strawberry Shortcake and a talent show that she and her friends will be putting on.  Each of the girls works on their “act” and then Raspberry  Torte’s keyboard breaks so all of them try to find something that she could do in lieu of playing her broken keyboard.  She decides to design a beautiful gown for the show and ends up the winner thanks to all of her friends support!

The app features “read and play” which allows you to have the story read to you and being able to tap on the characters as well as tapping on the words to have them read to you;  “read to me” features a read aloud narrated version of the story with word highlighting; “just a book” is the storybook with no music, narration or interactivity on the pages.

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This app reminded me of my Strawberry Shortcake Doll back in the 1980’s and I was glad to see that Strawberry Shortcake has tried to come back again.  I really liked the theme of working together in this storybook as each of the girl’s works on their own special talents.  There are interactive elements within the storybook in two of the modes and the third is simply just a storybook.  I also liked the “grown up’s corner” where it encourages you to think about the story and talk about it – and would like to see that included as part of the parent section rather than at the end of the storybook.  This section ties to Common Core Learning Standards and is a great way to stimulate a discussion about the book and characters beyond a simple reading of the book.  The coloring book features seven scenes where kids can draw and color with crayons, chalk, spray, brush and bucket as well as stickers which can be used to decorate the pictures.

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In terms of enhancements, the app does have a parent lock which requires you to put in your year of birth but there is no way to hide that button if your child does not meet the requirements.  The parent section tells you about the story and how to use it as well as including social media links.  I would also like to find a way to turn off the music within the app as it can be distracting and take away from the story.

For parents who loved Strawberry Shortcake as a child as well as those who have little girls this is a great app with lots of great activities included.   The underlying theme of working together, friendship, helping others as well as leading by example combined with the interactive mini games make this app a good deal for $2.99.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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