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September 25, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Charming Farm Animals play

On an idyllic farm where a bee and cow are friends, a message needs to be delivered. Colorful and lightly animated, this app shares a story that starts with little Bee telling Frog that Cow needs help. "Cow is stuck in the fence. PASS IT ON!" begins the message, but by the time it arrives on the other side of the farm, the reason all the animals come running has been 'lost in translation'.

With polished production values and nice settings for a variety of storytime uses, this app will appeal to children aged 3-6. A simple game (oddly named 'telephone' only because it uses images or drawing instead of speaking to pass 'messages'), uses limited pre-selected phrases alongside digital stickers from the book's illustrations. While a fun design, it rarely produces the desired effect of a garbled message in the end.

Overall, though, children will be engaged by the storybook itself, filled with interactivity, animation, and colorful graphics. Narration highlights word-for-word among other nice features, although most enhancements are only lightly tied to the storyline. The text and dialogue (in speech bubbles) is also nicely paced for preschoolers, in a simple but solid way.

Just like the familiar "telephone" game (where a message is passed from one person to another, with slight alteration, until the final person gets an entirely different message), this story has lots of relatable elements with teachable moments built-in. From CJ Educations, creator of AlphaBeasties, this app is also solidly built with easy navigation and intuitive controls.


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.

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September 25, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Marilyn Sadler/Michael Slack


Length (time):
8 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

English • Italian •

Length (pages):
18 Pages


Story Synopsis - PASS IT ON!

From iTunes:

Watch what happens when a group of farm animals pass on messages!

Play a fun interactive game after reading this cute and whimsical story!

CJ EDUCATIONS has taken a story about passing messages and listening carefully to the next level. This storybook app is wonderfully reproduced from the original work of Marilyn Sadler with special collaboration by BLUE APPLE BOOKS. 

Sit back and enjoy the verbal twist presented by the farm animals. Follow along the highlighted text and get accustomed to descriptive words and rhymes. The expressive illustrations by Michael Slack and playful animations add a touch of whim to the story. This entertaining and interactive e-book is designed to tap or swipe fingers across screens, and is ideal for pre-readers and young readers alike!

Play a mini-telephone game with Mom, Dad, and Friends to experience how messages transpose as they are passed along. PASS IT ON is great for young attentive minds, as well as parents who want to interact with their children. Download today! 

Recommended Ages: 3-6


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Read to Me, AutoPlay, Narration On/Off, Music On/Off, Home, PageGuide, Mini-Telephone Game, Links to: AppStore (Under Parental Gate)

App Release Date:


Size: 65.86 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No




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