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Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter

December 9, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Little Critter & his family celebrate Christmas ...

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad, by Mercer Mayer is one of the classic Little Critter titles, published in print in 1983. In this title, Little Critter wants to join the family in creating Christmas cheer, although good intentions don't always turn out so well. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 14 little grasshoppers and 15 little spiders hidden on 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 other apps 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 "Christmas tree" and the words appear on the screen simultaneously with audio narration. Additionally, the text on the page will highlight if the word is in the story. This provides nice audio-visual reinforcement for early literacy. The app also has great settings, including the ability to record your own narration, turn off sound effects or even to disable the interactive elements. Simple navigation is intuitive with a thumbnail page guide.
 
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 , this title will enchant young and old alike.

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Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter

December 9, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Mercer Mayer

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
3 - 5 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
18 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter

Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he helps his family prepare for Christmas! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Will Little Critter be helpful, or will get just get tangled up in tape and Christmas lights?

[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:
2013-11-04

 






Size: 28.66 MB

Version: 2.4

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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