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Byron Barton Collection #1

January 17, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

An exceptional toddler series about transportation ... explore boats!

Based on the series publsihed in print in the late 1980's, this collection of four book apps show off the delightful simplicity of Byron Barton's illustrations. Presented in bold colors with simple lines, these charming illustrations will win over any toddler, especially those fond of transportation books. All four books are lightly animated and interactive, allowing the curious child to drag items around the water scene, tap to hear words or tap to name objects, like clouds that are floating by. This set includes the following four books (click for individual reviews of each title):

Planes: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=525

Boats: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=548

Trains: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=676

Trucks: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=860

These titles are lightly animated and interactive, allowing the curious child to drag items around the sky view, tap to hear words or tap to name objects in the scene. Settings include nice volume controls, a home button, pageguide and even recordable narration options. Like other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this one has a number of links that leave the app, although they are nicely tucked away in the settings, accessible behind a parental gate. An easy to read font highlights as narrated and page turn is simple arrows.

Overall, these digital books are solidly built and polished. Young children in particular will enjoy reading them over and over. The bright and engaging illustrations, along with simple, repetitive text that is perfect for pre-readers also make these great apps to share for preschool and toddler storytimes (in schools and libraries). Akin to the toddler 'board book' in print, the Byron Barton series is must for the nursery school set.

Highly Recommended!

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Byron Barton Collection #1

January 17, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Byron Barton

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
12 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 5

English •

Length (pages):
16 Pages


Story Synopsis - Byron Barton Collection #1

Dive into 4 exciting Byron Barton interactive book apps for new readers! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Enjoy Planes, Boats, Trains, and Trucks, all in one convenient place.

Explore the Story:
- ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
- LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
- INTERACT with animations & movable objects on every page!
- RECORD your own narration & share it with others
- KEEP kids in the story with parental controls

Designed for children ages 2-5

-Planes: Interact with crop dusters, seaplanes, passengers and clouds and learn the many ways we use airplanes.

-Boats: Experience the fun of rowboats, ferryboats, fishing boats and more as you make your way through the story.

-Trains: Learn about the different types of trains as you travel through mountains and cities, moving freight trains, workers, passengers, and other objects around the page.

-Trucks: Play with tow trucks, cement trucks, newspaper delivery trucks and more, tapping on pictures to learn their names.

[From iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, SFX/Music Vol. Controls, Record, Page Guide, Parents Section w/ Links to (under parental gate): AppStore, Web, Email, FB, Twitter

App Release Date:


Size: 58.08 MB

Version: 1.08

Lite Version Available: No



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