The Miko series, by talented author Brigitte Weninger, has been among my child's favorites in print for many years. This title was published in 2005 and features a story about little Miko (an adorable mouse) breaking a vase while his mom is out. Miko has to decide how to tell her even though he's afraid she'll be mad. I was delighted to have this title for my digital library, since it is out-of-print. I especially love the beautiful illustrations of Stephanie Roehe that pair so nicely with the sweet stories in this series.
"Mom will be mad when she finds out! Maybe we won't get dessert anymore." worries Miko, talking to his stuffed mouse named Mimiki. Miko cleans up the mess but hides the broken pieces. "Let's not tell her," he suggests to Mimiki. But when mom gets home, Miko has Mimiki peek into the other room and tell her the terrible news. In the end, Miko's mom isn't mad, but she is sad about her favorite vase. The two of them piece the vase back together, making a nice candy dish instead.
In digital, this title has lots of flexible features, including the ability to record your own narration and change all the text on each page. While I cannot imagine wanting to rewrite Weninger's well-crafted stories, this is a great feature to encourage children to become storytellers and is a fun way to expand on reading the book. The title also has an easy to read font that highlights as narrated.
Interactivity in these Auracle titles is limited to the name of items being spoken when tapped (along with the word appearing briefly). While this light enhancement may not 'wow' young readers, it does help with reinforcing the visual connections between words and images for pre-readers and learner readers in particular.
There are no extras or animation in this app, making it, and all of the Auracle books from Auryn Apps, especially well suited for bedtime reading and classroom use. Overall this is a solidly made app that gives parents and educators lots of flexible ways to use it in different settings. The whole Miko series is full of great teachable moments tucked into heart-warming stories ... I hope they republish them all in app form. It's great to see such beloved books make the digital transition so nicely. Highly recommended.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Brigitte Wininger/Stephanie Roehe
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
Miko was home alone and playing with his ball in the house, even though he knew he wasn't supposed to do this. Of course the ball ends of breaking something ... the yellow vase with the red polka dots, his mom's favorite vase. Oh no!
Miko and his little doll Mimiki clean up the mess and try to hide the broken pieces. Miko is afraid mom will be really mad and doesn't want to tell her what happened, so he pretends to be the voice of Mimiki peeking around the corner to tell mom that something bad happened while she was out.
Mom is very understanding, but is very sad about her favorite vase. She suggests they try to glue the pieces back together. But it isn't perfect and won't hold water anymore. So Miko has an idea. He gets a bag full of candies his grandmother gave him and pours them in the shallow vase ... now it's mom's favorite candy dish! In the end, Miko also admits that Mimiki didn't break the vase alone ... "I was also there" he admits.