The Miko series, by talented author Brigitte Weninger, has been among my child's favorites in print for many years, published in the past decade. I especially love the beautiful illustrations of Stephanie Roehe that pair so nicely with the sweet stories in this series. In this title, Miko's doesn't want to take a bath.
Miko's ever patient mother tries to draw him out of his hiding spot, but ultimately lets him go to sleep unwashed. However her solution is that he can sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag instead of his nice clean bed. "It will be like camping!" exclaims Miko, but his enthusiasm wears off after a few minutes of snuggling in his dirty spot on the floor. Itchy and uncomfortable, he decides to take a bath anyway, telling his mom, "I can just do all this great stuff again tomorrow! It'll be perfect!"
In digital, this title has lots of flexible features, including the ability to record your own narration and change 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 Miko apps also have an easy to read font that highlights as narrated for the original text, making them ideal educational titles.
Interactivity in these Auracle books 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 also no extras or animation, making the Auracle series 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 am delighted to see them all now available in digital form, especially since most are out-of-print. It's great to see such beloved books make the digital transition and Auryn's treatment has given them new life and some exceptional enhancements. Highly recommended.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Brigitte Weninger/Stephanie Roehe
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
One day Miko and his doll Mimiki are playing outside and get very dirty. "You need a bath," says Mom. Miko is not happy about this idea and doesn't answer when his mom calls his name. Since Miko has run off, she and Mimiko get to work on cooking dinner, making Miko's favorite meal.
But event the delicious smell of cinnamon toast is not enough to draw Miko out. But when Mom pretends to start eating the snack, Miko grumbles from a nearby closet. "Do you think it's a monster?" his Mom wonders aloud. She places a piece of toast near the cabinet and then sees a dirty paw reach out and grab it.
When Mom opens the closet, Miko declares, "I'm hiding. I don't want to take a bath!" When his mom asks why he doesn't want to bathe, since he usually enjoys it, he explains that he has special silver sand on his arms ... and marks where he caught two balls with great skill. He is even protective of the mess on his face, the remains of ice cream with sprinkles. "It was the best ice cream ever!" he explains.
Understanding that Miko doesn't want the day to be over, Mom suggests that since Miko is too dirty to sleep in his clean bed, he could skip the bath and sleep in his sleeping bag on the floor, like camping. Soon Miko is snuggled into his bed on the floor, but it's not long before he begins to scratch ... and the floor seems so hard.
Miko decides it might be a good idea to take a bath afterall. While he is splashing around happily, his mom asks why he changed his mind. "If I take a bath today, I can just do all this great stuff again tomorrow!"