Babii! by Skybound Interactive Ltd. – Review



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Animals and vehicles are among the first nouns that young children are taught. Besides showing the real thing, you can also introduce these and accelerate your child’s vocabulary learning with the use of pictures. Here, the use of an app has an advantage over picture books and flashcards in that apps allow children to hear the names as well as the sounds made by the animals and vehicles. Kids can learn independently with minimum effort.

What we love…

Children get to see each animal/vehicle in different settings and engaged in different activities.

What we’d love to see…

More categories to be added.

Summary

An easy to use and kid-safe app for toddlers to learn about animals and vehicles with more categories of nouns planned.

Our Rating

Babii! by Skybound Interactive Ltd. is one such app that is easy for toddlers to use and affordable for the parents. The app starts right away upon opening and young children just need to tap on the screen of the device to see the next picture. With each tap, they get to learn the name of each animal/vehicle, how they look and sound like as well as their natural habitat/environment.

There are 2 ways the animals/vehicles are presented in Babii! – a grid of 9 thumbnail images or a 1-image mode. Each of the thumbnail images focuses on a group of similar animals or vehicles. Tapping an image from the grid will expand it to full screen and another tap will return it to the grid. Repeated tapping on the same grid will show the animals or vehicle in different settings and in different actions – swimming, running, eating, etc. This helps children to generalize their knowledge. In 1-image mode, the images are shown randomly and is perfect for younger children.

The photos used are of high resolution and the sound recording associated with each image is clear. Currently, the app uses Siri to read the names of the animals and vehicles. A future move to using pre-recorded voice will be a welcomed improvement. Switching between the 3 categories – Domestic Animals, Wild Animals and Vehicles, is straightforward and I understand that there are plans for more categories to be added.

You can also switch the language used by the app to different accents of English, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese or Romanian without having to change your device’s language setting. This is definitely a bonus for children growing up in multilingual families/communities.

A child’s early years are the best time for building knowledge and for those of you who are looking for apps to introduce your toddlers to the world of animals and vehicles while stimulating their minds through the exposure of foreign languages, Babii! is a good and affordable app to consider.

Babii! – Skybound Interactive Ltd.

Babii! Babii! by Skybound Interactive Ltd.
Category: Education, Games
Requirements: Compatible with 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: 61.62 MB

$0.99USD

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


Alphabet Animals: A Slide-and-Peek Adventure from Apps by Auryn – Review



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Review by Fides

What we love…

Beautiful illustrated, animals are in the shape of the letters their names begin with.

What we’d love to see…

Names of animals written out, letter sounds, and more game play.

Summary

Best aimed at babies and toddlers, this app is designed to capture interest and play

Our Rating

Alphabet Animals: a slide-and-peek adventure is an enchanting picture app, kids will love to learn from. This app teaches animal names, alphabets and their shapes to kids; by Suse MacDonald (iPad version, by Auryn Apps)Alphabet Animals:  A Slide-and-Peek Adventure from Apps by Auryn is based on a book with the same name, published in June 2008, written and illustrated by Suse Macdonald.  Suse Macdonald is the author of several children’s books including Caldecott Honor Award winner Alphabatics and National Parenting Publication Award winner Nanta’s Lion.

Alphabet Animals is beautifully illustrated and adds a brilliant twist to your typical abc book by having animals drawn in the shape of the letter their names begin with.  It is also done in the classic pull-out book format.  Pulling or sliding the page reveals the letter the animal represents.  It also moves the animal’s position just a little bit so that you can see the animal’s letter shape even clearer.  Tap anywhere in the animal page to hear it’s name.  Tap anywhere in the letter page to hear the alphabet.  To move on to the next page, you either swipe the screen to flip the book or tap on one of the letters on the bottom of the screen.  You can also turn the background music on or off.

There is also a “game” included.  The game is very simple. You type your name or any name you wish and then pick the animal that matches each of your letters.  If the animal does not match the letter, the animal is automatically rejected.  Once you correctly match all the letters you end up with a name art, confetti pops up on the screen, and you hear an applause.  It then takes you to a page where you can change your border and either save or share your name art via email.  While I think the artwork is cute and it helps children begin to recognize their letters, it is in my opinion, not as much a game as it is something fun to do.  A matching or memory activity that generates random letters and animals each time would add a great deal to game play.

I would like to see the names of the animals written out, perhaps with the beginning letter in bold or larger font than the rest of the rest of the letters. Having the animals make sounds would be be great addition as well.  I would also like to hear the sound the letter makes. Another thing I would like to see changed is the pop-out instructions.  If you stay idle for over 5 seconds, instructions pop up on the screen.  I think that instructions should only pop-up once, more than that and it becomes intrusive.  Besides, this app is likely to be played by a child who cannot read yet, which would make the instructions only beneficial for the parent.

Overall, this is a beautiful app well suited for babies and toddlers who are just learning their letters.  The animals, along with the slide-and-peek feature, will undoubtedly capture their interest.  The name art is co cute, I want to print them out and frame them.  Hmmm, I think I will!

Alphabet Animals: a slide-and-peek adventure, is an enchanting picture app. Kids will learn about animals, alphabets and their shapes; by Suse MacDonald (by Auryn Apps)
Alphabet Animals: a slide-and-peek adventure, is an enchanting picture app. Kids will learn about animals, alphabets and their shapes; by Suse MacDonald (by Auryn Apps)
by Auryn Inc.

Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 167.29 MB

$1.99USD

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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.


Developer Interview with Jennifer Elin Cole of Cookie Bear Press



Today’s interview is with Jennifer Elin Cole of Cookie Bear Press. Please visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The iMums review of I Love you All the Time.

Jen, Thank you for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in South Bend, IN, went to college at Washington University St. Louis, then moved from St. Louis to ATL in /93 where I now live with my three kids, two big dogs, two also big cats, and one husband. I help rescue Great Pyrenees and have fostered 19 dogs with Great Pyrenees Rescue Atlanta (GPRA). I am an avid Notre Dame fan and a Disney person. I love traveling, especially to make memories with (and for) my kids. I don’t really enjoy doing laundry or dishes and welcome any diversions from those tasks so please, Like I Love You All The Time on FB, message me, and save me from the washing machine and dishwasher.

How did the idea for your app come about?

I Love You All The Time is the iPad version of the Cookie Bear Press board book by the same title. My now 18 yr old niece was born in CA; when I visited from Atlanta, I used to tell her “Aunt Jenn loves you all the time, when we are in the garden, when I’m on my airplane, when we are swimming…. and each scenario always ended with “even when you can’t see me, I love you all the time. I wanted her to know that my love didn’t leave with me at the end of a visit. After a couple of years playing this word game, my mother said “you girls should write a book about that,” referring to myself and my twin sister. We wrote the rhymes then discovered Bonnie Bright, our incredibly talented illustrator. I’d nicknamed my niece Cookie Bear so, in 1999, we founded Cookie Bear Press, Inc. and released I Love You All The Time. There are now over 300,000 copies in print.

And how long was the process from the original idea to the release of the app?

About a year. I understand a standard development time to be about 6-12 weeks but as this was our first iPad App, and we’ve had so much wonderful feedback from people over the years about the book version, we really took the time to create an iPad version that would enhance the board book, not replace it.

Did you hire a developer or do it yourself?

This was a team effort in every single sense of the word. Cookie Bear Press was extremely fortunate that our illustrator Bonnie Bright was available to do the iPad animation; that Dave Rees contributed his sound and musical skills (he wrote the original title song!); and that thinknerve, llc embraced the code development. The highly acclaimed I Love You All The Time iPad App exists because of this very specific combination of artists and technical professionals.

What has been the hardest obstacle you have had to overcome in the development process?

Imagining and deciding what people would hope to see in, what they would expect to be able to do with an iPad version of such a beloved book. Your first reaction is to go with what seems likable to you, or what your friend with the 2 yr old enjoys about his other iPad books but that doesn’t always work. I Love You All The Time had earned a loyal following over the years and even though we couldn’t contact each of those readers, we wanted the App to meet all of THEIR expectations. The most hardest obstacle was determining the right balance of animations, sound affects, and special features so as the enrich the board book experience without making the book itself obsolete.

Have you had much support during the development process (from family, peers, Apple Inc.)?

Yes, family and friends were supportive and excited about the concept of Cookie Bear Press, releasing an iPad version of I Love You All The Time. However, the greatest support came from the development team. Their willingness to answer every question, think through various scenarios, share their experiences in contributing to other Apps was invaluable.

What are your plans for the future? Will you be developing any more apps?

Our first goal is to establish I Love You All The Time as a global classic, either as an iPad App or as a sit-on-my-lap-and-read-to-me board book, but yes, we do have plans to release additional iPad Apps.

What sort of feedback has your app been receiving so far?

Exceptional. The professional review sites, such as theimum.com have raved about the quality, the artwork, the interactivity, and overall value at $1.99/download. AppMyWorld reported I Love You All The Time was a Top 5 iOS App in it’s second week, based on reviews posted across the internet. We’d love to have individuals add their personal reviews to the current 5 star rating in iTunes!

And finally, what advice would you give to anyone considering creating their own app?

Take advantage of existing resources, rather than guessing at the best way to do something. Reach out to other developers, budget for a beta test prior to release (that was SO helpful for us), and try to be as objective as possible. When you are to close to a creative project, it is easy to loose sight of what appeals to endusers. When people ask this question related to publishing their children’s book, the response is very similar: just because your mother or your kids’ friends love the story, doesn’t mean someone across the country, or around the world, will buy it. Be realistic about how your idea fits into the current assortment of Apps; be able to tell someone why they should download your App rather than anyone other App. Identify what makes your App idea unique, what value your App idea brings to a very crowded marketplace, and then make sure all of your development decisions enhance that uniqueness and that value.

Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!

I Love You All The Time I Love You All The Time by Cookie Bear Press, Inc.
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 36.71 MB

$1.99USD

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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.


I Love You All The Time by Cookie Bear Press – Review & Giveaway



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Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

delightful digital rendition of the story complete with the ability to record your own pages, bright illustrations and word highlighting to make it easy for early readers to follow along.

What we’d love to see…

“childproofing” of the bottom tray so that children can’t get into the recordings or iTunes links by mistake – the mechanism is already there but it needs to have additional safety added to it.

Summary

Delightful book for young children and their families to read together especially if family lives far away or children simply need reassurance that Mommy and Daddy will always love them no matter what they do

Our Rating

I Love You All The Time The popular children’s book, I Love You All The Time released by Cookie Bear Press has now become a digital book that you can read on your iPad.  This delightful rendition has digital animation, ability to record your own pages, bright and easy to see illustrations.  The app features word highlighting during the narrated portion of the app as well as a find and seek game for the I love you heart on each page.    The bright illustrations and story were rhythmic verses which were soothing allowing you to read the book at bedtime without being overstimulated.

This delightful book is a great adaptation from the print version and is a big hit for toddlers and young children who may have family members that live far away or parents/caregivers who travel often.   The ability for a person to record their own voice can be very reassuring to a young child who has not seen their parent or someone who loves them.  There are many hidden animations in the book, but can be found by exploring the various pages – my son enjoyed playing with the quilt and computer screen as well as touching the various objects on the page.  The app features a perfect amount of interactivity to read the book, without being too overwhelming for a child as you prepare them for bedtime or quiet time with the book.  We also really liked the part at the end of the book when the mother bear was snuggling with the bear and reading a book.  My son especially enjoyed seeing his name on the last page of the story.  The simple verses and shortness of the book (7 pages) make it perfect for bedtime reading or even quiet time reading for your child.  My son and I read the book several times when my husband was at a recent conference and he really enjoyed knowing that even though Dad couldn’t call him at a specific time that he would always love him and be able to read to him.  The app is simply done, but provides a great value for the price especially as it includes the ability to record your own voice, listen to a stand alone song, view and touch the various animations as well as hear the story.

At the bottom of each page, there is a button that when touched brings up a pop up tray.  This tray includes a settings page where you can perform a variety of tasks including a parental lock, record your own voice, explore the story page by page, play the “I love you song” – note this does also include a link into iTunes to purchase the song, information about the print book as well as the page arrows. I would like to see the settings to mute the music, mute text and the like moved to a double tap or something so that children could not get into these section.  I really liked the “parental” lock switch in the app but wish that section was double tap so kids couldn’t turn it on and off as they wished.  The app does have a link to iTunes for the song, but if you turn on the parental lock feature it is no longer accessible.  I would also love to see the ability to show a picture of a parent and child on the last page where you can record the verse telling your child that you love them.  It would be a nice surprise and way to remind your child that no matter what you will always be there for them.

This story is a delightful book for young children such as babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their families to read together in the evening.  It is perfect for a grandparent to record or even a parent who will be away on a business trip to show them that they love them.    This would also be a wonderful gift for a Mum to be so that she can share her voice with her child.

I Love You All The Time
I Love You All The Time
by Cookie Bear Press, Inc.

Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 36.71 MB

$1.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

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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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