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A Duck in New York City

December 29, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A little duck has a dream of singing on Broadway ...

This is a animated version of the print title, published in 2007. It is based on the title hit from an audio cd of children's songs by Connie Kaldor"one of Canada’s most significant contemporary folk performers," according to Billboard Magazine. The story is a lot of fun, featuring a little duck with a big dream - to dance on Broadway.

As a digital offering, this title has a slightly different format than the typical book app, with settings to both watch a video of the story without text or have it narrated. There is also a setting to read silently. In the 'book' mode, narration is wonderful, although the 'highlighting' is actually just a line that is drawn under the text as it is read. There is also no interactivity in this otherwise lovely storybook app. The formating is also a bit odd for this title, with the illustrations taking up less than the full iPad screen.

The title is quite short, but very inspirational, with a repeated phrase by the little duck of 'yes I can'. An uplifting beat and great cityscape sound effects also accompany this story in narrated modes. Overall, this is a great book with lots of appeal for young children. The quirky duck makes a great main character in this well-crafted app that encourages everyone to dream big and never give up.

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


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A Duck in New York City

December 29, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Connie Kaldor/Fil & Julie

Les Productions Folle Avoine

Length (time):
5 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English • French •

Length (pages):
15 Pages


Story Synopsis - A Duck in New York City

From description of hardcover title on Amazon.com: The title story-song is about a little duck from the Prairies who has a big dream—making it to New York City and doing his ducky dance on Broadway! It turns out to be an adventurous journey that appears bound for failure, until he meets up with a truck driver named Big Betty. She points him in the right direction and gives him that little nudge he needs to tackle the Big Apple. Additional songs feature alligators that waltz at midnight, little girls who sing off-key to get tomatoes thrown at them, and opera-singing slugs that sneak out at night to do the boogie-woogie.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Read, Watch, Sing, Store, Info, Menu, Links to: Web, FB, Twitter, AppStore

App Release Date:


Size: 275.75 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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