This ebook for the iPad is under the category 'Games' and it is really more of an educational game, although it does have over 20 pages of 'story' to go along with its 'extras'. It stars two birds, Don and his side-kick Flip. The birds are irreverent and not always kind to each other, but in a funny way that is typical of many cartoons aimed at children. For instance, in one of the first books Don calls Flip 'stupid' which can be a concern for many parents. It didn't bother me, but I usually talk to my child about these types of cartoon interactions whenever I catch them in media he watches.
The stories, each about 4 pages, end with a short game with falling foods that represent things you can eat that are rich in one of 6 vitamins. There is also additional information about each vitamin that follows the games. I found this educational content really nice and it was a good place to start a conversation with my child about foods he needs to eat to get a balance of vitamins. Because he really enjoyed the games, he was more able to remember the nutritional information that followed the games. I did, however, need to supervise my 4 year old in order to keep him from pushing the 'next' button to skip the educational information and get right to the next story/game.
The cartoon graphic style is very appealing to kids and the narration and other sound effects are well done. The app was also easy to use and had good instructions. There are lots of very fun elements to this app, too, including use of the motion capacity of the iPad. The coconuts can be flipped around the screen and each game of the six is slightly different from the last. The games themselves are engaging for kids and have just the right level of difficulty to be easy enough for a young child but interesting even for slightly older kids. Overall, this is a terrific little title about vitamins. The book isn't exhaustive in its exploration of vitamins and nutrition, but a great place to start!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
10 - 30 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 4 - 10
There are 6 very short stories in this ebook/game for kids. Each is about one of 6 vitamins: A, B, C, D, E & K. The stories are short conversations between two birds, Don and his side-kick, Flip. After 4 pages of each short-story (about the birds not really about the vitamins), a game with falling food that must be stopped or caught to win the game. The narrator prompts the child to gather more "vitamins" of each type to get enough nutrition. The food-vitamin connections made are: Vitamin A in Apples, Vitamin C in Oranges, Vitamin B in Eggs, Vitamin D in Fish, Vitamin K in Spinach, and Vitamin E in Coconuts.