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Search and Explore: The Golden Gate Bridge from ABCmouse.com

September 16, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Explore San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge with cute mice!

Two cute mice star in this cartoon-style book app about the Golden Gate Bridge from the creators of ABCmouse.com (a fee-based pre-school/kindergarten website with learning games and books). Their names are "123" and "ABC" and they explore this natural wonder in a way that will captivate young readers and listeners. This app doesn't have any fancy enhancements, but it makes up for this with a fun storyline, music, and expressive narration for each character.

The story begins with the mice inside what looks like a box with a screen facing out; readers will soon realize that these two friends are actually inside a computer. They can travel anywhere in the world through the Internet, magically traveling in this episode to a smart phone in the hands of a worker on the top of the famous suspension bridge. The "Search & Explore" series from ABCMouse is a fun way of exploring natural history, geography and science. These apps will have kids (and adults) learning new facts and getting to be the ultimate 'armchair travelers'.

Text doesn't highlight with the voice-over, however the easy-to-read 'speech bubbles' for the cartoon characters are at the perfect reading level for 2nd/3rd grade. Kids love these types of cartoons and will really enjoy this app. Simple settings are included that allow the book to be set up with or without narration, although there is no pageguide. Nice educational supports include a glossary and the spelling out of words like H-U-G-E.

In 'I Can Read It' mode, it is not obvious at first that you need to tap the page several times before turning, to get each new speech bubble (the text goes away and an arrow appears once you've seen all the dialogue, making it is easy to use otherwise). There are also two pages at the end of the book with 'search and explore' ideas for animals that are present in the story. Overall this is a stellar early reader series that even includes a glossary for words children might need help defining within the story. There is also a fun "Golden Gate" theme song. Children will certainly enjoy this book app, but it is also a great title for teaching about history, culture and the natural world.


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Note: ABCMouse.com is a subscription based website for children, featuring educational games and stories for early literacy. These free apps contain advertising for this online reading program.

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


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Search and Explore: The Golden Gate Bridge from ABCmouse.com

September 16, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Age of Learning, Inc.

Length (time):
8 - 10 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
42 Pages


Story Synopsis - Search and Explore: The Golden Gate Bridge from ABCmouse.com

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Welcome to Search & Explore: The Golden Gate Bridge from ABCmouse.com 

This book is part of the next generation of interactive mobile books for kids. With unique features, engaging art, and high quality narration and music, this book will be a favorite for kids of all ages. 

Features of this book include: 

Realistic page turning - Swipe your finger or click on a corner. 

Read to Me – The book is read aloud with professional narration and music. 

Read with Pause – The reader turns the pages and can read along with the narrator. 

I Can Read It – The reader reads the book all by themselves. 

Glossary – Readers can select the glossary to learn the meaning of difficult words with simple explanations. 

Clickable Search & Explore - On certain pages, kids can click on animals they find to hear the names of the animals read aloud.

Fun Facts – Kids can learn fun facts about the Golden Gate Bridge that will educate and amaze them. There may even be things that parents don’t know!

Fully Produced Song - Listen to the entire Golden Gate Bridge song as sung by the award-winning ABCmouse.com team at the end of the book. 

Age of Learning, Inc. and ABCmouse.com respect the privacy of you and your family. Our applications do not track or store any personally identifiable information from you or your child. 


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Orientation: Portrait

Format: Universal


Read to Me (with Pause), Autoplay, Read Myself, "The Golden Gate Bridge" Theme Song, Glossary, Home, Links to (Under Parental Gate): Web, AppStore

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Size: 55 MB

Version: 1.0.1

Lite Version Available: No



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