Rowdy Raccoon and the Turtle Who Wanted to Fly is based on the book of the same name by Donna C. Braymer and illustrated By Shachi Kale. It was published in print in 2009. It is beautifully illustrated and the interactive features are incredible.
The narration options in this app are excellent. The ability to write your own text for the story particularly appealed to me. It is not one I have personally used before. The voice over capabilities we see from time to time, but the added feature of changing the text on each individual page as well is a huge bonus. It allows the parent or caregiver to adapt the storyline to suit the language capabilities of each user. However if you change the written text make sure to add your own voice over as well to the new text.
Auryn Inc have also included a page menu which can be pulled up on each page making it easy for the user to select a specific page. Highlighted text is used extensively throughout the app. If the user touches various interactive features on the page such as the leaves, the word is spoken and the text flashes on the screen also.
Rowdy Raccoon and the Turtle Who Wanted to Fly is an app that everyone should have in their collection. My children loved the interactive features of the app and by the end of the story each of them set out to find out what their own unique talent is. It shows the reader that everyone has their own strength and talents. This is an important point that comes into play on a regular basis when dealing with our Special Needs children, particularly when we are trying to encourage them to see and use their own unique talents . The app is just one of many in the great Auracle collection.
This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.
This review was originally published by Julie-Anne McCarthy on February 7, 2013. AppAbled.com is run by Teriann and Julie-Anne, a pair of busy Mums with 7 children between them! Based on opposite sides of the world, Teriann is Australian and Julie-Anne lives in Ireland, they are joined by SLP Jean (US) and the team of Super-mums Niamh (US), Elaine (IRE) and Mary (IRE).
Between them, they have a wealth of experience with kids and apps. As parents of Special Needs Children, they know how difficult it can be to find the right app for your child. They hope to make this a little easier by providing reviews and also showcasing the Developers who make the apps.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Donna C. Braymer/Shachi Kale
8 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9
What's so great about being a raccoon? Rowdy Raccoon is about to find out. Raccoons weren't meant to fly, but you can't convince Rowdy of that. When he meets Scissor, the incomparable Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Rowdy is left to wonder why raccoons weren't created to be special too. The loveable critter enlists the help of his friend Tommy Turtle and hatches a dangerous plan to become more like the bird. But when disaster strikes, will Rowdy discover his own unique gifts, and will his talents be enough to save his desperate friend?
Rowdy Raccoon and the Turtle Who Wanted to Fly is a part of the Auracle line from Auryn Inc. The app is based on Donna C. Braymer’s book by the same name, illustrated by Shachi Kale. [Source: iTunes]