Little Lilly is the second book in the Extra Special Kids series, after Zanny: Born to Run. Designed to help kids with Autism & other developmental issues to see themselves in a book, this title tackles the 'sensory avoidance' of some kids who have sensory processing issues. Little Lilly loves to take her shoes off and dance barefoot, but she won't go near almost any other surface with her bare feet. Grass is prickly, carpet too squidgy and the sandbox is a place she'll never go near.
Featuring light animation and interactivity, this is a sweet but very short title. The animations are simple but cute, although most interactivity is not especially related to the story's content. Text highlights as narrated and a nice extra page includes information about Sensory Processing Disorder. It would be great to see a list of resources in this section for parents just discovering this difficulty in their own children.
Overall this is a delightful title with a wonderful message for kids with sensory issues, "You're not alone". By having an SPD child star in this extra special book app, parents and caregivers get the opportunity to discuss the disorder with young children. Highly recommended.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Pamela sloane-Bradbury/Allison Garwood
Extra Special Kids
2 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 2 - 6
Little Lilly is a child that likes to dance and have fun without her shoes on, but she also has a lot of sensory things she avoids, like the feel of sand on her toes, the prickle of grass, the graininess of wood, the hardness of pebbles/concrete/marble, and even the squishiness of carpet and hairness of it's fringe. However Lilly does like the fell of socks on her feet ...