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Just A Day at the Pond - Little Critter

April 9, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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The Critter family takes a trip to the pond at Grandma & Grandpa's house!

Just A Day at the Pond - Little Critter by Mercer Mayer is one of the "New Adventures" with Little Critter and his family, published in print in 2008. In this title, Little Critter and his family visit their grandparents where they spend a day at the pond. Featuring a swimming hole, fishing and lots of pond life like frogs. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 24 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 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 pond in any scene and the word will 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 a nostalgic tale about an old-fashioned family farm and a trip to a swimming hole with a favorite fishing spot, this title will enchant young and old alike.
 
Recommended!
 
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Just A Day at the Pond - Little Critter

April 9, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Mercer Mayer

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
21 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Just A Day at the Pond - Little Critter

Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he heads off for a summertime day at his grandparents’ farm! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Little Critter loves to fish the pond and collect frogs, but he doesn’t really know how to swim. That is, until the help of some bees he's kicking and paddling like a pro.

Explore the Story:
- ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
- LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
- RECORD your own narration & share it with others
- SELECT a scene with easy-to-use navigation
- KEEP kids in the story with parental controls 

Play an Easter egg hunt mini game! Can you can spot every Easter egg throughout the story? Tap to tally them up!

Designed for children ages 2-5

[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:
2014-03-19

 






Size: 37.58 MB

Version: 2.6

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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