Street Sounds Book & Game is a delightful book app created by VicRoads in Victoria, Australia. This agency is the equivalent of the DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicles) in the U.S. They commissioned this free storybook, designed by author Danny Katz with the whimsical artistry of Mitch Vane's illustrations, to support child safety practices. This title tells a simple story, poem-like and lyrical, about road safety in a fun and accessible way for young readers and their caregivers.
In this book, a little girl named Ella describes her walk to school entirely by the sounds that she and her dad encounter. From the slam of the front door to the sounds the cars make, she narrates her experience walking to school. Children reading along will learn about the sounds of the street as well as important safety tips for crossing safely and dealing with traffic on the road. Red, yellow and green lights are explained, for both cars and pedestrians. Eventually, Ella & her dad make it to school to hear sounds like the school bell and the children playing. Then Ella hears a few final sounds, her dad's kiss and him stepping in dog poo as he leaves the school yard.
There are ample settings in this title, including a page-guide and narration that can be turned on or off. There are several links that leave the app, however, without parental gates, including a web and appstore link. The narration is well done, although there is no highlighting of the text. The font is nice-sized and easy to read with simple page turn arrows on the bottom left/right of each screen. There is also one activity included with this book. Called "My Street Sounds", this extra is a sound activity where you select a scene from the story and the speed for the sound sequence, creating a unique experience.
Light interactivity and animation enhance this lovely title in a way that is relevant to the text, supporting the narrative on every page. Children will likely only notice the fun elements, but parents and teachers will appreciate the message throughout, about staying safe when crossing the street. This is a must-download for any children's digital library, appropriate for young children learning about road safety and also for kids of older ages with special needs.
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Danny Katz/Mitch Vane
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
English • Spanish •German •
VicRoads and School Drug Education and Road Aware have partnered to produce a high quality children’s book for children aged four to eight years titled That’s the Sound the Street Makes.
Written by renowned Australian author Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane That’s the Sound the Street Makes follows the story of Ella on her journey to school with her sniffling Dad as she reminds him how to be a responsible and safe pedestrian.
Now you can bring the story to life with the interactive app for iPad. That’s the Sound the Street Makes is beautifully painted with watercolours and is filled with sounds, animations, and hidden surprises.
Read along with the narration and watch each page come to life with interactive scenes and characters.
Play and learn with the That’s the Sound the Street Makes memory game. Test your memory skills by following the sound patterns on the screen. Increase the challenge with varying difficulties and six streetscape scenes.
Look at the iPhone mobile version to take the story wherever you go.
Check out our other road safety education interactive app Click! Clack!
Find more road safety education information and resources at vicroads.vic.gov.au