The Smart Apps for Kids staff crosses several state, country and continent borders. Where Will I Go tells the tale of a tot and her (or his, depending on selected settings) dad perusing a museum and the dad describing places and things that can be learned there. The pictures depict all kinds of imaginative adventures, ranging from visiting the Great Wall of China to the crowned jewels in London.
The story begins with your tot choosing their own main character, Lewis or Maddi, depending on your kiddo's preference. The story can either be narrated or read aloud. In the narration setting, each word is highlighted as it as read. This a non-negotiable for me when it comes to book apps and I was thrilled to see it in this setting. I would love to see it added into the "read alone" section, making the app more accommodating for emergent learners.
Each page has basic interactive features, which is a strong reason that any book can become an app--interaction. Most of the interaction is basic cause and effect. I would be more encouraged to see the interactions take part of the story, or be required to move a story along. An added feature is a hunt for Mason, the spunky white puppy that appears on every page. When your child finds and presses all 24 Mason dogs, it unlocks a fun bonus game that can be enjoyed when the story is over.
The drawings and narration voices in this app are absolutely adorable and add to the quality of the app. It's a solid app at 3.5 stars, but because the app market is so full of quality story apps, this one in particular was a bit too basic in light of the others to stand out from the crowd. A $3.99 sticker price is high for the content received-- additional story text, interactive features, or even quick pop-up blurbs that featured information about each country listed would improve the overall rating.
Still, parents and educators looking for a solid e-book may find something perfect in Where Will I Go? and it's definitely worth a look.
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This guest review was originally published by SmartAppsforKids.com on June 9, 2015.
The author of this review, Rachel J., is happy to welcome summer vacation. SmartAppsforKids is one of the top review sites for kids educational apps, games and books. They strive for meticulousness and honesty in their reviews, both positive and negative. Their goal is to be the most complete source for parents and educators looking for reliable info on an app before making a purchase.
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Richard Sinclair/Jon Lycett-Smith
Digital Leaf Ltd.
8 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8
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