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Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books

August 13, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Great non-fiction ABC book for young lovers of space, stars and planets ...

Alphabet of Space from the Oceanhouse Media's Smithsonian Collection - is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book about the stars, planets and space. The print version of this title was released in 2011 along with an audio CD. As a book app, this title sparkles, giving enormous value over its print counterpart, including narrated text that highlights as read. This book series fills a great need for digital book apps with non-fiction educational content. The books selected so far have been well vetted as print titles, making it easy as parents & educators to select these digital books with confidence.

Each title in this series takes the original print images and pans over them in a nice, semi-animated style. There is also a nice array of natural sound effects, like the sound of rockets taking off or crickets in the night, paired nicely with a great male voice-over. The sound effects also help the story come alive without overshadowing the narration. This alphabet series is especially well-written, with in-depth details that take the reader way beyond what is typically known about the subject. With over 26 pages, there is a lot of territory to explore for kids of all ages.

Extra features include the ability to record your own narration as well as excellent navigation with a nice visual thumbnail page guide. Ample settings allow adults to set the book up with or without audio and interactive elements. Links that leave the app are contained exclusively in the 'info' section under a parental gate that requires fluid reading and following complex directions. 

As a way to foster a child's interest in the stars, planets and space travel, this app gets high marks. It is well developed and based on sound scientific information. There are even a few pages at the end with extra educational content. Paired with Oceanhouse Media's "OM" template, these Smithsonian non-fiction titles get a clear educational boost when print goes digital, engaging a whole new generation of young readers and scientists!


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Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books

August 13, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Laura Gates Galvin/Higgins Bond

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
12 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 9 +

English •

Length (pages):
26 Pages


Story Synopsis - Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books

Get ready… blast off! Explore outer space with fun rhymes and colorful illustrations in this one of a kind Alphabet of Space storybook app from Smithsonian! From Astronaut to Zenith, and everything in between, there is so much for kids to learn about the universe.[Source: iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Record, Page Guide, News On/Off, Sound Effects/Interactions On/Off, Home, Links to: AppStore, FB, Twitter, Email, Web, Privacy Policy

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Size: 49.08 MB

Version: 2.6.1

Lite Version Available: No



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