Zoozoo Readables is a reading app based on the series - Zoozoo Into The Wild - available in print as a 'leveled' reader for young children. The app contains eight stories, each based on on a wild animal with simple sentences that build reading skills through repetition, sight words, and highlighting as the text is narrated. A short animation plays on each well-illustrated page to engage children.
If tapped the animation replays, but other than that feature, this title is not really interactive. The eight books contain six pages each with sentences carefully designed by reading specialists, building on familiar concepts, like "I swing in the tree" "I play in the tree" & "I live in the tree." This is a great title for children learning to read. It is not a storybook, however, limiting it's usefulness for bedtime or other leisure reading.
Overall this is a well made app with a clean design, intuitive interface and easy to use settings. The materials for parents & educators that are contained in the print publication are missing from this app, but the developer has thoughtfully added these to their website. This section is called, "Notes for Teachers and Parents" with suggested "activities for before, during and after reading." [See synopsis for link.]
Otherwise this a great choice for leveled fiction for young readers, containing just the right amount of animation to keep even relutant readers engaged. The developer has taken great care to make this and other educational titles available digitally, giving parents & educators a trusted source for well-designed early reading materials on the iPad.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Cavallo Publishing, Inc.
10 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 6
Eights short leveled readers feature the following animals: Lion, Tiger, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Frog, and Orangutan. The stories use simple sentence structure designed for young children learning to read.
Teachers & Parents can find additional ideas for how to use these leveled readers at: http://www.cavallomedia.com/downloads.html