Wild Willow is a short but sweet title from author/illustrator Morgan Swofford. The story features an 8-year-old girl named Willow McDee who is WILD. And by wild, they mean untraditional for a girl. Willow likes to fish and play in the mud; she goes barefoot, chooses cars over dolls and sports over cheerleading. "Sometimes people give Wild Willow a hard time," says this wise tale about gender roles. Eventually Willow's 'wild' ways help save the day when her sister's cat is stuck in a tree.
As a digital offering, this title does lack polish, feeling much more like a simple iBook than an iPad app. Pages turn with a simple swipe left or right, but there is no page guide nor a home button to go back to the beginning. Lovely narrion is available by tapping on a book icon on the bottom right corner of each page. The button & framing of the page mean the book doesn't take full advantage of the screen, featuring the story in a smaller letterbox.
But overall, this is a satisfying storybook despite its minimal digital enhancements. It may not "wow" your kid with special effects, but the messages are meaningful. For a thoughtful storytelling, you can't go wrong with Wild Willow!
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POKEY TOAD STUDIOS LLC
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 5 +
Willow McDee is an 8-year-old. Everyone things she is wild! She likes to fish, bike, and play with worms in the dirt.
Despite people occasionally giving her a hard time, Wild Willow demonstrates through her unique talents that she is special in her own right!