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Trouble at Trio Farm

October 18, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Help the Numbertown characters solve a mystery ...

Trio Farm is part of a series of app books by Jane Hague. This Australian series is set in a town with many interesting characters - all numbered. For instance there is Tilly Two and Policeman Ernie Eight. The main character of this story is Freda Three who needs the villagers to help figure out who has ransacked her store. Featuring great illustrations and storylines that are delightfully paced for young readers, this is one series of book apps that is perfect for 4-8 year olds.

As a digital book, this title is well made with easy swipe page turning or the alternative of auto-play. The text highlights as it is narrated in a crisp Australian accent. There are several small interactive sound effects to go along with the otherwise still images, like the sound of bees buzzing whenever the honey is tapped. The illustrations are comical and colorful in a way children will find engaging. My child loves this series of stories, especially the hidden numbers in so many of the pictures.

There are two small 'extras'. One is a map of Numbertown with all of the charming townsfolk numbered from 1-10. If you tap on any one of the people it takes you to their homes or workplaces on the map. You can also tap on the '123' on the home page to go to a page with the numbers 1-10. Tap on any one of the numbers to see a larger picture of the character associated with that number while hearing the number spoken aloud. If you tap on the person, a short audio of the character plays describing his/her role in the town.

Overall, this book is a fun one for kids and part of a very engaging series of books that incorporate numeracy & literacy within fun narratives. My 1st grader (age 6) loves all of the Number Town books, looking forward to each new release since he was in preschool. As digital apps, this series has just the right amount of enhancement to engage young readers without over-shadowing the storytelling. They are also a great way to introduce numbers in a way that is fun, especially the 'hidden' numbers that are tucked into the illustrations on every page.

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Trouble at Trio Farm

October 18, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Jane Hague/Ferdinand Tang

123 Number Fun Pty Ltd

Length (time):
14 - 16 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
16 Pages


Story Synopsis - Trouble at Trio Farm

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Farmer Freda Three lives at Trio Farm and sells fruit and vegetables from her farm shop, but one day a four legged thief broke into the shop and ate most of her apples and turnips. Help Ernie Eight the Policeman and Freda solve the mystery of the missing fruit and vegetables. 

Trouble at Trio Farm introduces numbers and how they relate to everyday situations. This book focuses on the number three, simple addition, subtraction and incorporates an interactive number pad to help your child learn to count the fun way using characters from Number Town.

Enjoy listening to this fun & lively children's iReader story book featuring a beautiful narrative performance by Sharon Hunter and Daryl Scobie. 978-0-9806737-6-0


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, Autoplay, Text On/Off, Home Button, Page Index

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Size: 19.95 MB

Version: 1.1.6

Lite Version Available: No



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