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Just Saving My Money - Little Critter

April 13, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Little Critter learns about how to earn and save money ...

Just Saving My Money - Little Critter, by Mercer Mayer is one of the New Adventures series of Little Critter titles, published in print in 2010. In this title, Little Critter wants a new skateboard so his dad asks if he has saved any money. Starting with a jar of coins, Little Critter then learns about working to earn and save more money until he has enough for the thing he wants to buy . The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 22 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 coin jar and the word "money" 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 the importance of building a work ethic to earn and save up for things you want to buy, this title will enchant and educate young and old alike.
 
Recommended!
 
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Just Saving My Money - Little Critter

April 13, 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 Saving My Money - Little Critter

Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he learns how to save his own money to buy a new skateboard! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From completing extra chores to setting up a lemonade stand, how will Little Critter save up enough money?

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:
2013-09-18

 






Size: 36.5 MB

Version: 2.5

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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