Sock n Boots is an app with a collection of three stories about basic skills young children need to learn, including sharing, playing safe and getting over a fear of the dark. While the stories themselves are quite simple with little enhancement, they do stand out for being educational. This title also features unique personalization settings and computer graphics that will appeal to children.
The interactive elements allow images to be tapped to hear the name and spelling of the object pictured. Some images also respond with additional information about the scene, like "the birds are sleeping" for an image of a sleeping bird in her nest. In addition, the app has nice highlighting to go along with the crisp British-English accented narrator. Even more educational value can be had with the 'Write My Story' mode that allows you to write and record your own personalized story to go along with the graphic illustrations.
The app also includes a simple but nicely made coloring book. It contains all the numbers 1-10 and A-Z in simple forms for coloring with either a fine tip or fill-in sytle coloring of 10 color choices. Links from the title page also include a web link to the paper book series available through Amazon.com.
Overall this is a nice book collection for teaching very young children and those with special learning needs about safety, sharing and dealing with common fears. Parents, therapists and educators will find this a versatile app that can be tailored to an individual child's needs. While the storylines are very simple, they do present the information in a clear an engaging way that appeals to kids.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
D.K. Smith/Lorena Isabel Suarez
10 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 5
Three short Sock n Boots storybooks are contained in this app.
Share: In this story, Sock n Boots go out to play with packed lunches. After playing in the park they set down to lunch. But birds fly in and eat all of Sock's lunch. What will Socks eat now? Boots generously offers, "I have a bunch, we can both share my lunch." The two are very happy and Boots asks the reader at the end, "Now do you see why you should share?"
Afraid of the Dark: In this story, Sock wants to tell the reader about how he got over his fear of the dark. When he gets ready for bed and feels scared he looks out at the moon. When he thinks there is a monster in his closet he gets up to find just his clothes in there. "So when Sock is afraid of the dark at night, he just checks his whole room when he turns on the light."
Play it Safe: Sock n Boots are looking for a new place to play. Sock wants to play inside the washing machine. But Boots puts a hold on this idea, saying, "We might get hurt if we get inside." Sock climbs in despite his friend's warning. Once the machine locks shut Sock is trapped. Just in time, Boots pulls the plug and gets Sock out. "Can you think of places that are not safe for you to play?" questions the story at the end.