Mabel's Zoo is a simple but lovely storybook app that explores familiar animals found in a zoo for the very youngest readers. Simple text, lacking grammatical polish, accompanies each patchwork scene. "Elephant gives rides to the birds", "Monkeys swing from vinces and each other" and "Tangs bring sunshine to the ocean" are typical phrases found in this book app, explaining to young listeners the basics of wildlife. Within the app's 10 pages (no pageguide), children will find the sounds and sights of many zoo animals. This is an app that is fun to explore and share with a young child, especially when teaching about the natural world and animals.
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Mama & Bell
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 5
Come play with the animals of Mabell's Zoo, a beautiful multi-touch children's book that encourages counting to 10. Each view features an animal with original art, rich colors and textures, musical sounds, and a large play area.
--Created for children 2-5 years old. Mabell's Zoo is easy to use and includes musical sounds, animals, vivid colors, and a large play area.
--Use all your fingers. An app designed for the device and includes multi-touch activities.
--Intuitive enough for young children to play alone or enjoy with family and friends.
--Fresh, beautiful artwork handcrafted from crumpled painted coffee filters.
--Inspired by childhood activities: blowing bubbles, tidily winks, and swinging mobiles. Each view has unique characteristics and employs physics for continuous discovery.
--Number association. Toddlers can learn numbers and animal names; "9 penguins slip and slide on ice".
--Variety of musical sounds and instruments (and we worked hard to create an environment that always sounds good).
--Older children (and adults) will enjoy figuring out the physics of each view: Can you bat a bird from the elephant trunk? How many monkeys will hook together? Will the balls stack on a seal's nose? What tune can you play with the fish?
--Each view inspires exploration, discovery, and story-telling.