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Just a Little Music

Just a Little Music
by Oceanhouse Media

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 2.6

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social
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What it is and what you do with it: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 18 pages long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 19 mice and 19 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the mice/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: no animations. The pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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Grandma, Grandpa, and Me - Little Critter

Grandma, Grandpa, and Me - Little Critter
by Oceanhouse Media

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 2.6

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 18 pages/scenes long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 18 mice and 18 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the mice/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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Happy Easter, Little Critter

Happy Easter, Little Critter
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: 0.99$ (was 1.99$)
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Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 2.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Personal & social

What it is: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 20 pages long).

What you do with it:three ways of 'reading' this book: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 17 mice and 100 Easter Eggs hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Professional narration, sounds and sound backgrounds. Excellent reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator, picture-word associations etc.). The Easter Egg Hunt activity. The option to record and share your own narration.

What we didn't like: no animations, the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations). We wish there was some sort of mice and egg counter.

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Little Critter Library

Little Critter Library
by Oceanhouse Media

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 65/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: a set of about 34 books from the Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer.

Tap on the cover to download the chosen book (subscribers have access to all the books).

Each book has three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

What we liked: the concept (a subscription based access to the full library). Little Critter stories. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). Extra activities (e.g. spot the mice). The reporting feature for parents (though we wish there were more options).

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

Note about our ratings: please note that our ratings are based on the 'full access' version of the app.

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