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Toucan Toucan't

December 24, 2010

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

This is a sweet little book with a playful feel. The text of the book uses a cute play on words, since "Toucan" sounds just like "Two Can" and the alternate pages use "Toucan't" in place of "Two Can't". The 2 Tucans are featured on each page, alternating between things two friends CAN share and things two friends CANNOT share (for example, it starts with "Toucan Tango.", followed by "Toucan't share a potty."). Young children will be amused by this play on words and the silly scenarios the toucans find themselves sharing and not sharing on alternating pages.

There are nice, but limited interactive elements and very simple animation, probably just right for a young child. This book is one of those that makes every page a coloring page with the tap of a finger on the 'palate' symbol in the upper right hand corner of each page.  The child can save the picture for later reading with your child's original coloring on each page.

Children can also tap on individual words to hear them read again or double tap on a word to have it spell itself aloud, letter by letter. All of these Q-books also have a wonderful feature that allows you to record your own narration, a lovely feature for parents or others who may not be able to read books in person to their children.

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Toucan Toucan't

December 24, 2010

By: Carisa Kluver

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Peter Francis-Browne/Rita Gianetti

Top That! Publishing

Length (time):
3 - 5 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 6 +

English •

Length (pages):
25 Pages


Story Synopsis - Toucan Toucan't

Two Toucans are featured on each page, alternating between things 2 CAN share and things 2 CANNOT share. One page, for instance, shows the toucans having a pillow fight and says, "Toucan make feathers fly," then on the next page the toucans are shown trying to split a trophy in half with the text, "Toucan't share the same dream." There are about a dozen pairings like this in the book, making a short but sweet ebook for both readers and pre-readers ages 3-6.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Swipe-to-read, Touch-to-hear, Touch-to-spell, Music on/off

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Size: 104 MB

Version: 1.3

Lite Version Available: No



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