Patchy is a simple but sweet story about a lonely doll and a sad little girl finding each other in their time of need. The little girl is crying when Patchy hears her and decides to send her a message that he cares. The girl is cheered up by the doll and eventually grows up to sew him a whole roomful of friends. Crisp illustrations are lightly animated to enhance the story, along with panning in and out over the images and text that appears in stages.
As a digital offering this title is enjoyable to watch, but doesn't have any way to just read the story without narration (unless muting the device). The narration also seemed much too slowly paced, as if the child narrator had been told to speak slowly and took this very literally. Light animations along with ethereal background music also accompany the narration, along with a few sound effects.
The text itself is rhyming with a story that is sweet but lacks a compelling plot. My child asked about how the doll got to be in the same house with the crying girl in the first place but the story provides no explanation. The phrasing in the story is also a bit un-polished, possibly a translation issue.
Otherwise this title is solidly made with a few small games interspersed throughout the text; the extras are fun but do interrupt the flow of the storytelling. These activities include two printable cut-outs to make the doll & little girl, a nice extension activity. Overall, this is a solidly produced app with a poem-like story that has a touching ending.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 6
A little doll named Patchy is very lonely, with no one to talk to ... then one day he heard a little girl crying. He gets her attention by blowinging his little heart-shaped patch in her direction. The patch makes the girl happy. Then there is a terrible growl from a big dog ... it is the girl's lost pet and she is relieved to see him. The girl then notices the doll and decides to help him out, fixing his little patch and realizing that he had sent it to her as a message, thinking "you care". The little girl takes the doll home. One day when she grows older she makes lots of new patch dolls to keep Patchy company.