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Triceratops Gets Lost - Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals

October 5, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Great non-fiction series about prehistory for young readers!

Triceratops Gets Lost is a nicely illustrated title in Oceanhouse Media's Smithsonian Collection - a series based on popular non-fiction print titles about the natural world. The print version of this title was released in 2004 along with an audio CD. As a book app, this title sparkles, giving enormous value over its print counterpart, 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.

Each title in this series takes the original print images and pans over them in a nice, semi-animated style. There is also a nice array of natural sound effects, like the crunching of snow, waves or wind blowing, paired nicely with a great male voice-over. The sound effects also help the story come alive without overshadowing the narration.

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!


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Triceratops Gets Lost - Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals

October 5, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Smithsonian Institution

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 6 - 9 +

English •

Length (pages):
30 Pages


Story Synopsis - Triceratops Gets Lost - Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals

Embark on a prehistoric adventure with the young Triceratops in this exciting digital book app! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. 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? [Source: iTunes]

Our Synopsis: The story begins in a valley filled with prehistoric animals and plants. A herd of Triceratops grazes in the distance. One of the herd hears a sound and goes to investigate. There are two Pachycephalosaurs fighting while the Triceratops eats ferns peacefully with his razor sharp beak. Suddenly the animal realizes the rest of the herd has moved on and he is all alone. As he tries to find the rest of his herd, Triceratops sees many other animals, including flying Quetzalcoatlus that are heading for a stream. He sees Parasaurolophus near the bank but no sign of his own herd. As he is getting sleepy, there is a big commotion as a noisy set of footsteps approaches. It's Tyrannosaurs Rex! When the big Dino notices Triceratops, he gets ready to fight. But then all of a sudden the rest of the Triceratops herd shows up - scaring off the big predator. Now the herd is safe and can graze again.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


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

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Size: 24.57 MB

Version: 2.5

Lite Version Available: No



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