"Tail, Toes, Eyes, Ears, Nose," repeats this app that is less of a storybook and more of an educational app based on a print title. Animals from an elephant to a bird (and even a human) are shown with just their body parts. After naming each part, readers can see the whole animal emerge.
This app is based on an out-of-print book published in 1992 and is great for toddlers & preschoolers. The reinforcement of all the body parts is 'spot on' for this age group's developmental needs. It also does a great job engaging the very short attention span of children under 5, although this also means this app is a bit light on content, lasting barely 3 minutes on autoplay.
As a print title, this book featured the same images, except that the full animal was on a separate page. In the digital edition, the image shown initially includes only the body parts from the book's title. The entire picture fills in all at once after all the parts have been named (in 'read myself' mode - my favorite for this title, the reader drives the action by tapping each of the body parts first). Each body part is not only shown as an image, but is also reinforced with an audio voice over as the word appears near the part being named.
Like other Auracle titles from Auryn Apps, this one is very educational and has nice settings (although they can be difficult to find). There is a page guide if you swipe up from the bottom of the app and to return to the front page, simply swipe down from the top of the page. This app/book is ideal for young children learning about the parts of the body, animals and the connection between humans and other creatures.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Marilee Robin Burton
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 5
A simple series of pages appears in this app, showing a number of creatures with only their "Tail, Toes, Eyes, Ears & Nose" showing. Once the child has tapped all of the body parts (or had them read aloud by the narrator), the picture completes itself showing the entire animal.
The animals included are: Horse, Pig, Mouse, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Elephant, Bird and a Human!