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Not Without Bear

December 22, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Readers become part of the story, searching for teddy ...

This adorable title is perfect for very young children, based on the lift-the-flap edition printed in 2000. The illustrations and text combine beautifully as the reader gets to search on each page for the little girl's teddy bear. The girl in the story, Audrey, likes to do lots of things ... but not without bear, providing youngsters fun interactivity and a topic close to most kids hearts.

Great narration, by author Anna Grossnickle Hines, includes all but the final sentence ... 'but not without Bear' on each page until the reader taps to find Bear hidden. The app has simple, arrow page-turning and an easy-to-read font (although no highlighting as narrated). Background music is nice but can also be turned off with a simple setting.

Children will love the story, with repetitive sentence structure and a storyline that has Audrey frantic to find her bear at bedtime. As she and her mom retrace her steps during her busy day, readers get a run-down of Audrey and her teddy bear's imaginative play.

Many interactive elements are ingenious, moving items around to find the stuffed animal. A few pages also have some just-for-fun elements, like items that can float around the page. Overall this is a solidly made book app based on the DemiBooks self-publishing platform with great interactivity and a well-crafted story.

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


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Not Without Bear

December 22, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Anna Grossnickle Hines

appropo llc

Length (time):
5 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 2 - 6

English • Spanish •German •

Length (pages):
10 Pages


Story Synopsis - Not Without Bear

Audrey is a little girl with a big imagination. She likes to pretend she is going around the world, climbing mountains and riding a pony ... but only if she has her favorite stuffed animal, a teddy bear, with her at all times. At the end of one particularly full day, she is getting tucked into bed but ... not without Bear!

Audrey searches everywhere in her room but there's no sign of her bear. Her mom suggests they retrace her day, asking, "What did you and Bear do today?" As Audrey remembers all the things they did, she and her mom search behind things, under things, in drawers, closets and finally the kitchen cupboards. 

Audrey finds bear just where she left him in the kitchen, when they were prentending to have a snack. Now Audrey can be tucked in, happy to go to bed.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, Music On/Off, Credits, Links to: Email, Web

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Size: 39.75 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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