My rating for this digital book is likely to seem very high considering what this app doesn't have - no animation, no interactivity, no audio, and not even text. It's just a high resolution ebook based on a print title with illustrations that tell a story without words. The illustrations can be zoomed in and out with a pinch of your fingers, but that's it. Compared to my other 4 star reviews, this book doesn't take advantage of much of what an iPad can 'do'.
But wait! What this book lacks in features, it gains in being a unique title, even among print books. Picture books for young children that are filled with rich, expressive illustrations and no words at all have an important place in a child's library. To share this book with a preschool age child, in particular, is to be amazed at their minds. You can ask the child to 'read' the story to you.
This title, released in print in 2006, tells the story of Lola the turtle and Fred the frog and their zany attempts to fly. The print titles in the "Lola & Fred" series consistently get 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, a testament to their quality. In addition to getting a young child to tell a story from visual prompts, these titles, whether digital or print, can be useful in foreign language learning programs or as a tool in speech therapy (to draw out a child's descriptive abilities).
Books like this also have a magical effect on young kid's imaginations, empowering the storyteller in them. My son and I had the most interesting discussion about Lola & Fred's desire to fly and he loved getting to tell me a story from a book for a change. I encourage any parent of a preschooler to download this title. This book app, the first in the series, is free (the other books are in-app purchases).
The story is filled with 47 pages of whimsical illustrations that may not 'do' much by iPad-standards, but they still look beautiful. If you haven't shared a wordless picture book with a young child before, it's a treat and I highly recommend this particular series from my experience with it in print. It's equally charming in digital form, particularly if you know what to expect.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Pul Edition GmbH
10 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6 +
Lola the turtle and Fred the frog are two friends that desperately want to fly. The story has no text but is instead told entirely in pictures. The illustrations show Lola and Fred trying many daring ways to become airborne. These include a rocket, metal wings, a giant sling shot, a catapult, a bunch of balloons, and then finally a kite. The kite gets Lola in the air, but soon it works too well and Fred is carried along, too. Luckily they run into a hot air balloon with a monkey & bunch of bananas inside. What happens next will have to wait until the next installment in the series.