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The Little Bug

December 9, 2014

By: Jayne Clare


A beautifully executed storybook app from an MFA student ...

The Little Bug by Jaclyn Littman is a stellar work of art created by this MICA grad student as her MFA thesis project! Wow, glad to see students and schools getting up to speed with tech and all the possibilities of graphic design in the future. The Little Bug app beautifully showcases original cut-paper illustrations, engaging interactivity, and fab narration.

This is a class app! Oh, and did we mention the original sound track? Joshua Cipolla is responsible for the jaunty music. This app was designed for ages 3 and up, but don’t let that stop you from checking it out, it is virtually for all ages. The Little Bug is a terrific lesson in the day of a bug and the friends met in a days time, as well as the stages of metamorphism that take place over a season.

Look for the petite ladybug on each and every page to add to this precious science story. Added bonuses include the blog creating an interactive storybook for iPad with a hand-made look and feel of paper crafting, and the little bug activities sheets of downloadable insect pages, as well as suggested discussion questions. Our only constructive criticism would be that the transition stage be elaborated upon from pupa to butterfly. We felt the need to show kids more details and celebrate the metamorphic transformation.

Highly Recommended! 

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

This review was originally published by TeachersWithApps.com on October 30, 2014. Teachers With Apps was co-founded by Jayne Clare, a Special Education teacher, and Anne Rachel, an artist and Early Childhood educator.

Their goal is to be a credible resource for quality educational apps. Created to help parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators and anyone else, wade through the vast number of  ”educational” apps being introduced on a daily basis. Teachers With Apps was founded by two lifelong educators and is dedicated to the idea that quality mobile educational apps are the tools of the future but they need to be used responsibly. Remember, not all educational apps are created equal.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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The Little Bug

December 9, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Jackie Littman

Jaclyn Littman

Length (time):
8 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 2 - 6 +

English •

Length (pages):
26 Pages


Story Synopsis - The Little Bug

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Play music with grasshoppers, make honey with honeybees, and dig tunnels with ants in this charming storybook app! The Little Bug introduces children to the diversity of backyard insects in an original story that inspires curiosity, confidence, and a love of learning.

The Little Bug features beautiful cut-paper illustrations, full interactivity, and original music. Designed for ages 3 and up, but adults will love it, too! Optimized for the iPad.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, Credits, Pageguide, Discussion Questions, Narration On/Off, Home, Links: None

App Release Date:


Size: 31.97 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No



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