This iPad adaptation of Bubble Tubbie is one of three versions of the book by Epiphany Schwarz. It is also available as a hardcover book and a waterproof “bath book.” Since this is a sensory/exploration book, no instructions are needed. Its user interface is clean and simple, and the animations are well-marked. On one page, there is a Bubble Jungle, filled with roaring lions, chirping frogs, and squawking cockatoos. On another, you see a Bubble Garden, stocked with ripe, luscious vegetables, combined with the sounds of buzzing bees and crunching corn on the cob. There’s even a little garden gnome peeking out. On a third, you visit the Bubble Playground, with children giggling and laughing. The text is divided so that half is displayed in the top corner and half in the bottom corner of the page. This provides a frame for the images displayed in the center.
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The bath time theme is eye-catching for little ones, especially when it is combined with
the sounds of children playing and birds chirping. Bubble Tubbie is artistically appealing and makes good use of animation and sound effects. The text is presented in both a
“Read to Me” option and a “Read by Myself” option. In the “Read to Me” option, the words are underlined as they are spoken to help make the connection between the two. The author chose her own children to provide the narration, and they do an excellent job putting sparkle into their words. An effort has also been made to incorporate enriched
vocabulary words into the text; words like “orb,” “luscious,” and “ascend,” expand your child’s word knowledge and comprehension. Definitions are conveniently provided along
the outside edge of the page.
Bubble Tubbie hits a homerun with its striking design. If I had one suggestion, it would be to add a HOME icon in a corner of each page, for ease in navigation. The rhyming verses are uneven, and read awkwardly at times; from a child’s point of view, though, I’m not sure that really matters.
Overall, this is a fun, interactive experience for preschoolers that uses tablet technology well. Just don’t let your child read the Bubble Tubbie app anywhere near the real bathtub, or you’ll end up with Bubbly Trouble.
Bubble Tubbie is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini App -
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.