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Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals Collection

May 5, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Great non-fiction series about prehistory for young readers!

Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals is a nicely illustrated set of ten titles from Oceanhouse Media's Smithsonian Collection - a series based on popular non-fiction print titles about the natural world. The print versions were released in the past decade, along with audio CDs. This collection includes the following 10 titles: 

  • Ankylosaurus Fights Back: Ankylosaurus is so busy eating that he doesn’t notice the huge T-rex that is watching him! Will he get away from the dangerous predator?
  • Is Apatosaurus Okay?: Apatosaurus becomes surrounded by a pack of Ceratosaurus while he slowly lumbers toward the stream to eat. Will he get away and be okay?
  • Mosasaurus: Ruler of the Sea: Dive inside the prehistoric sea and follow the story of the enormous Mosasaurus! Will he make his way through the water safely and find himself a tasty snack?
  • Pteranodon Soars: Watch as Pteranodon soars above the ocean, swooping down to pick up fish to bring back to her babies! A dark shape lurks under the water, it's a Mosasaur! Will Pteranodon get away? Jump inside to find out!
  • Saber-Tooth Trap: Saber-Tooth Tiger embarks on a wild hunt during the end of the Ice Age! Willhe be able to hunt down his prey?
  • A Busy Day for Stegosaurus: Stegosaurus awakes from a deep sleep and sets off to find food for herself before her nest of eggs hatch! Kids will love this glimpse into the lives of fascinating prehistoric creatures as amazing, full-color illustrations bring the adventure to life.
  • It's Tyrannosaurus Rex!: Join Tyrannosaurus Rex, the fiercest predator in all the land, as she shatters the stillness of the prehistoric forest with a loud, pounding sound! Come along and see what she finds to eat.
  • Triceratops Gets Lost: Embark on a prehistoric adventure with the young Triceratops in this exciting digital book app! When he is left behind by his herd in the Prehistoric forest, he suddenly finds himself alone and helpless! Will Triceratops survive on his own?
  • Velociraptor: Small and Speedy: Join Velociraptor and his band- fierce predators and some of the fastest runners in the land- in this exciting digital book app! Jump inside to see how none of the other creatures in the valley want to be near when the Velociraptors come around!
  • Woolly Mammoth In Trouble: Travel back to the Ice Age and join Woolly Mammoth in the cold, windy plains of Europe. As a storm comes and heavy snow falls, Woolly Mammoth becomes lost and caught in the sight of a pack of Saber-Tooth Tigers! Can he find his way out of this trouble and back to his herd?

As book apps, these titles sparkle, giving enormous value over their print counterparts, including narrated text that highlights as read. This book series fills a great need for digital book apps with non-fiction educational content. The books selected so far have been well vetted as print titles, making it easy as parents & educators to select these digital books with confidence.

Extra features include the ability to record your own narration as well as excellent navigation with a nice visual thumbnail page guide. Ample settings allow adults to set the book up with or without audio and interactive elements. Links that leave the app are contained exclusively in the 'info' section under a parental gate that requires fluid reading and following complex directions. 

As a way to foster a child's interest in prehistoric animals, this app gets high marks. It is well developed and based on sound scientific information. There are even a few pages at the end with extra educational content. Paired with Oceanhouse Media's "OM" template, these Smithsonian non-fiction titles get a clear educational boost when print goes digital, engaging a whole new generation of young readers!

Highly Recommended!

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Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals Collection

May 5, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Smithsonian Institution

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
45 - 90 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 6 - 9 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
150 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals Collection

Explore 10 adventures from Smithsonian’s Prehistoric Pals in this interactive book app collection! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Travel back in time to the prehistoric world and learn all about the Saber-Tooth Tiger, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and more! [Source: iTunes]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

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:
2014-04-30

 






Size: 213.14 MB

Version: 2.5

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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