If you are looking for a story perfect for winding down before bedtime, Good Night is a good storybook app. With cute animations, counting interactions, and a bed time theme, this book is easy to incorporate into an evening routine.
The app is very simple to use; simply press start and get going. A child narrator speaks for Paul as he looks for animals of the forest. On each page, the reader must find and tap the hidden animals. Starting on the first page, the reader finds one mouse. On page two, tap two sheep, then three rabbits and so on. The app is continuous, so it doesn't turn pages traditionally. Instead Paul rolls from scene to scene in a seamless transition. Find each of the hiding animals to advance the story.
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The simplicity of this app is what makes this a standout bedtime story. While readers practice numbers and counting by finding the hidden animals, there are no other interactions. The specific purpose for touching the screen gives readers something to do, but doesn't become a distraction or a toy. The story is very simple. The whole basis of the story is simply to say good night to the animals. But the app does a really nice job of presenting a story with a purpose. I liked having a definite end to the story in sight. I know that if I use this app at bedtime, my son has a very finite time to use the iPad, he can't tap and play continuously, and I can easily close up the iPad by telling him he has said good night to everyone. Additionally, the seamless flow from page to page presents the story in a continuous stream. I loved that we felt like we were riding along with Paul on his scooter. Top that with soothing lullaby-like music and this app has been our bedtime pick the past few nights.
Good Night is available for download via the ITunes App Store - Universal App
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.
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