The Adventures of Turtle Girl: Turtle's Day at the Beach is an interactive gem of a book app for kids under five. Young readers older than five may also enjoy the chance to read this title to themselves, but it is really an ideal app for toddlers and preschool age children. It features Turtle and her friend Olive the Octopus as they spend a fun 'day at the beach' (although technically they are underwater, so it's more like a day on the ocean floor). There are twelve pages, although only about half have text, with the others containing activities for the reader to complete.
This title shines most for interactivity, in a 5-star way! It features plot-related animation, triggered with a tap on literally every page. Readers can find hidden objects (including five starfish) and also see the characters do things mentioned in the story, like playing volleyball, popping bubbles, building (and destroying) sand castles as well as seeing Charlie 'crazy crab' get 'juggled' by Olive. I would love to see some sort of reward for finding all five starfish at the end, but otherwise this is a very fun activity that engages young children very well. These story-related enhancements make this a stand-out title for the kind of interactivity that is not only engaging, but also reinforces story comprehension and early language learning.
While a page guide would be nice, is not really necessary in a title this short. Otherwise this book app is solidly made with nice settings like ways to turn the sounds and narration on or off, as well as intuitive navigation. The font is easy-to-read (although it does not highlight) and page turn is either by swipe (curled page corner at the bottom right) or arrows (top right and left corners of the page).
There is also a single coloring page, that is fun but rather limited for an app with 'extras'. I would love to see a full coloring book offered in an app, when a developer adds this type of feature (which is fun but not essential for a digital book). Overall, this is a short but satisfying read for young children. It has delightful interactive elements, a simple but engaging storyline and cute graphics. Children will also enjoy the expressive narration, especially how she says, "Charlie Crazy Crab." :) Recommended.
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4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 5
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Turtle and her friend Olive (the octopus) are having a fun day underwater ... readers are asked to help complete each of the following activities (as well as find five hidden starfish):
1) Help Turtle and Olive play volleyball ... find the ball and then watch them play.
2) Help Turtle find a seashell to use as money to buy an ice cream cone from Olive's store.
3) Help Turtle build the sand castle and tap Olive to see her pour water over Turtle's creation.
4) Help Turtle and Olive pop bubble coming out of a 'funny looking plant'.
5) Help Turtle pick up Charle 'Crazy Crab' and put him in Olive's arms to bounce about.