Milly, Molly and the Bike Ride is one of the "Milly, Molly" books based on a popular educational series from New Zealand. These children's books have been published in print since 2000. They are about the adventures of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds and often include their multi-cultural friends. The series has the tag line, "We may look different but we feel the same.” See the youtube clip at the bottom of this review to hear the theme song.
The print version of this title, published in 2005, is listed under the topic 'self-improvement' and focuses on the quality of "punctuality". In the story, Milly & Molly are taking a bike ride to one of the girl's grandparents homes for lunch and they need to be there at exactly 12 o'clock. The girls promise to be there on time, although they do take many breaks along the way. After each break they say to themselves, "We can't be late. We mustn't be late," and then ride on toward their destination. When the girls arrive they find Grandma & Grandpa at the door. They are just on time.
The digital versions of these books are developed using QBook™, a digital picture book format designed by Kiwa Media. I have reviewed other books using this format, and it guarantees a well-made book reading experience. It features easy page turning and two wonderful features for young readers, Touch-to-Hear and Touch-to-Spell. Not only are the words highlighted as the book is narrated, but with these two features, a young reader can tap on any word to hear it spoken and double tap to hear the word spelled.
The QBook features include an extra of coloring pages. Each page becomes a line drawing that kids can color and you can even save your coloring pages into the book app to personalize it. I don't find this type of feature very exiting (nor does my child), but if your child likes iPad coloring pages, these books are a great choice since they double as a packed coloring app.
Overall, I would highly recommend this series of digital books. This was not the most interesting of the Milly, Molly titles, but it does a nice job of introducing the idea of being on time as a virtue. The Milly, Molly series is also the only iPad book series I know of that emphasizes ethnic diversity. All of their stories are also carefully crafted to emphasize a variety of pro-social messages.
All of the stories in this series, according to www.millymolly.com, "deal with the kinds of questions and trials that children face every day," and "offer understanding in such matters as honesty, respect for others, difference, tenacity, exercise, cooperation, respect for nature, bullying, stranger danger, forgiveness, trustworthiness, responsibility, loyalty, loss and grief." A great resource in digital or print form!
An iPhone version is available through itunes - click HERE for the small screen version. Contains English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian & Spanish in both versions of this Milly, Molly story.
[The Youtube video below is the Milly Molly song, "We may look different but we feel the same."]
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Gill Pittar/Cris Morrell
8 - 20 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8 +
English • Spanish •Italian •
In this story, Milly and Molly are on a bike ride to have lunch at the home of one of their grandparents. They are told as they leave to not be late. The girls bike furiously for a stretch and then play with the butterflies, turkeys and other distractions along the way. But they don't forget that they need to arrive on time. The lesson on punctuality is emphasized by having the girls chant to themselves, "We can't be late. We mustn't be late," as they ride in between their stops along the way. In the end the girls are indeed on time, and welcomed happily by Grandma & Grandpa.
The "Milly, Molly" books, a series of books from New Zealand, promote the acceptance of diversity and the learning of life skills. The books were inspired by a double-ended doll created in 1995 by Gill Pittar to promote tolerance and communication. Following the success of the dolls, she began writing books about the characters with the first book published in 2000. [Source: Wikipedia]
Lots more information about this series can be found at www.millymolly.com!