The Best Teacher Ever by Mercer Mayer is one of the new adventure with Little Critter, published in print in 2008. In this title, Little Critter tells readers about his favorite teacher, Miss Kitty and all the wonderful things she does for her students each day (which thankfully includes not playing 'cat & mouse' her rodent pupils). The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find 15 of the little mice and 16 of the spiders, hidden on nearly every page.
Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter is, but, "he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig." So, basically he's a rodent ... although a rather lovable one! Over 200 books have been released in this popular series, not to mention a whole line of toys, dvds and other products.
Like other apps by Oceanhouse Media
, this book is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of mom, Little Critter and the people & things around them), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch the teacher and the words "Miss Kitty" will appear on the screen simultaneously with audio narration. Additionally, the text on the page will highlight if the word is in the story. This provides nice audio-visual reinforcement for early literacy. The app also has great settings, including the ability to record your own narration, turn off sound effects or even to disable the interactive elements. Simple navigation is intuitive with a thumbnail page guide.
The delightful child narrator is easy to understand and a perfect fit, since the story is told in the first-person by Little Critter. Featuring all the activities typical in a school day (classroom antics, field trips, and more), this title will enchant young and old alike.
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