Little Steps to Good Habits (Vol. 1 & 2 - iTunes link above is to Vol. 1) is a two part series of digital books containing 8 short 'stories'. Each of the 8 stories attempts to show young children reasons to practice 'good habits' with 5 pages and a 'moral' page at the end. However, the stories are very simplistic, verging on the ridiculous. The one about not littering has a moral that includes the idea that littering can hurt someone, with a story in which a banana peel is left on the ground and someone slips on it.
In the story about hand washing, the mother lectures the child after not washing his hands before eating, claiming the child got a stomach infection as a result. While well-intentioned, the stories really fail to engage a child in a meaningful way that would promote learning and lack any warmth. The moral at the end of each story is also unnecessary, considering how little subtly is present in the story in the first place.
The narration is also very difficult to understand, with both an echo and non-native speaker of English. There is no way to turn off the narration (except by muting the device) although there is an option to record your own narration. The controls for the recording are simple but the audio quality that results is not especially good (a microphone might help, although I did not have one available to test this possibility). The stories are also written in a red font, outlined in white that is rather small and difficult to read. The app also crashed multiple times while I was writing this review, usually when trying to turn pages or navigate the app between stories.
I really appreciate the overall goal of Little Steps to Good Habits and would love to have stories that illustrate the many good behaviors these books aim to promote, however these two volumes really miss the mark by such a wide margin that I cannot recommend them. I think improved narration and font would be helpful, but ultimately an early childhood educator might be consulted to help craft more subtle and engaging stories that would provide children with these lessons in a way that teaches more and moralizes less.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 6
These two volumes of moral stories contain the following lessons. Part One: Help Others, Don't Play Rough, Share with Your Friends, and Wash Your Hands. Part Two: Save Money, Don't Litter, Don't Be Greedy, Exercise - Play Outside