Boy and the Seagull is a charming story of a boy and his friend the Seagull. This app is great for children under 5 and easy for little hands to use. The story begins in a beautiful coastal town where a Seagull and his seagull friends live.
One day, the Seagull saw a small boy looking at him through a window and so it flew down to the boy. Their friendship grew stronger from that day onwards. One morning, the Seagull visited the boy and told him he was leaving for Seagull Island. Because the boy could not fly with him, the Seagull told the boy to use his mind in order to imagine the journey to the island. Through a series of fascinating encounters the small boy meets underwater friends on his quest to the island.
This story is filled with beautiful watercolour artwork, simple sound effects that bring the story to life and a peaceful background music. Little ones can interact with flying seagulls, running clouds, crawling seashells, swimming fish, a jumping whale, colourful boats, move a boat along the ocean, walk on a giant octopus, fly a stingray or change the day to night. The story also comes with seven simple puzzles that little ones will enjoy and will help them to engage them into the story.
The app is available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Ukrainian, which is an added bonus. Being bilingual in both English and French, I try to read to my daughter in both languages and this story is a perfect way for her to listen to the same story in two different languages. This app does not come with in-app purchases or ads which brings piece of mind especially when reading with young children.
The only thing that would make this app perfect is if the story was read out as the text is shown on screen. Overall, we love this beautiful and calming story which is ideal for a bedtime story or some quiet story time.
This review was originally published by TheiMum.com on July 23, 2015.
The iMums – Amanda, Alison, Mary and Grace – are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children. Founded in August 2011, the four iMums have 11 kids among them ranging in age from 1 to 17 and bring a global perspective to their app reviews with the original iMum Amanda being from Australia, Alison is in America, Grace is from Singapore and Mary is from the UK but is currently living in America. At less than a year old, the Australian-based blog already boasts hundreds of reviews on family friendly iOS and MacOS apps and products
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4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 6
English • French • Spanish •German •
Join the boy’s journey to the Seagull Island. In this hand-drawn children book your child can meet the seagull, octopus and the giant stingray, swim with the fish and visit the mysterious Seagull Island.
- Beautifully hand-drawn watercolour pictures;
- Interactive elements on every page: flying seagulls, running clouds, crawling seashells, swimming fish, jumping whale, colourful boats and many other objects you can touch, tap and drag;
- Charming sea story about the power of imagination;
- 7 Simple Puzzles for little children’s hands;
- No in-app purchases or advertising. Kids can play on their own;
Perfect for 2-5 years old.
Available in four languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Ukrainian.
More languages coming soon.
Enjoy reading, playing and imagining!