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Just Helping My Dad - Little Critter

June 9, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A fun day for little critter as he helps his dad ...

Just Helping My Dad by Mercer Mayer is one of the latest Little Critter titles, published in print in 2011. In this title, Little Critter wants to help his dad with things like mowing the lawn, washing the car and cooking meals. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 19 of the little mice and spiders hidden on nearly every page.

Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter is, but, "he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig." So, basically he's a rodent ... although a rather lovable one! Over 200 books have been released in this popular series, not to mention a whole line of toys, dvds and other products.

Like the Seuss books (also by Oceanhouse Media), this book is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of mom, Little Critter and the people & things around them), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch the hat on Mom's head and the word "hat" appears and is spoken aloud by the narrator. This book app also has great settings, including the ability to record your own narration, turn off sound effects or even interactivity.

For young readers and pre-readers, the text also highlights as the narrator says each word. The delightful child narrator is easy to understand and a perfect fit, since the story is told in the first-person by Little Critter. Featuring the bond between a little boy and his grandfather, this title will enchant young and old alike.

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Just Helping My Dad - Little Critter

June 9, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Mercer Mayer

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
20 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Just Helping My Dad - Little Critter

Little Critter is having a great day helping his dad. Whether he's making breakfast, cutting the grass or washing the car, Little Critter is filled with enthusiasm. Things may not always go as planned, but that doesn't stop Little Critter from trying his hardest!

[Source: iTunes]

 

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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Record, Page Guide, News On/Off, Sound Effects/Interactions On/Off, Home, Links to: AppStore, FB, Twitter, Email, Web, Privacy Policy

App Release Date:
2013-06-05

 






Size: 36.98 MB

Version: 2.3

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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