The Tortoise and The Hare - An Interactive Children's Book by TabTale is a short but packed version of the story of a speedy hare and a slow but determined tortoise competing in a race. It is told in rhyming verse with lots of interactive animation for little fingers to tap.
This interactivity, paired with the colorful illustrations, captures a child's attention, certainly, but it is almost too much on each page, making it difficult to follow the storyline at times. There are a dozen or more elements on every page that can be tapped to trigger a variety of simple animations, like animals that bounce or disappear into windows or their shells. There are even flowers that move with the motion of the iPad.
Luckily this is a familiar tale to many kids, making up for any distraction the interactivity might cause. It also has a particularly nice ending, where the hare respectfully acknowledges the tortoise for his diligence. The two end up playing nicely together on the final page. The narration is crisp and sections of text highlight as it is read. The text itself appears in translucent boxes that can be hidden by tapping a small arrow.
On auto-play, there is a brief darkening of the screen between page turns, but otherwise the book is solidly made with easy to use settings, like a page guide and even hints to show all the interactive elements. This is a great choice for anyone looking for an especially interactive version of the classic tale of the tortoise and the hare.
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5 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 4 - 8
Told in rhyme, the hare challenges the tortoise to a race after the tortoise exclaims that there is plenty of time. At first the hare is ahead by a mile, so he decides to rest in the shade. The tortoise plods along, slow but steady, passing the hare along the way. The hare is surprised as the tortoise is awarded the winner. The hare accepts the results respectfully and the two remain friends.