It's no secret, Curious George is a favorite of nearly any child...or adult! Tribal Nova has done it again. They've earned a Top Pick for their brand new Curious George and the Birthday Surprise app. Join your child in this outstanding shared reading experience.
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Tribal Nova has a recipe for success with their shared reading method. Following the successful launches of their previous iRead With apps (Curious George: Goes Camping and the Firefighters), Curious George and the Birthday Surprise will surely win the hearts of young and young-at-heart readers.
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This interactive digital story features many of the same features, including Living Words and guided questions. This app takes the traditional story Curious George and the Birthday Surprise written by Margret and H.A. Rey and turns it into an interactive reading digital experience. Users can read the story independently or with a parent. Parents can take the opportunity to record themselves reading each of the unique Living Words. These words come to life with animations and a recorded voice when they are touched in the story.
As users read the story, or listen to the narration, they can tap on the page to elicit animations. A small orange circle flashes to indicate if something is interactive. If parents and children are reading together, little avatars pop up at the bottom of the page with guiding questions for the parents and hints for the children. Reading the story will unlock questioning Levels 2 and 3. Each question level offers more challenging discussion questions or points. Along with unlocking the question levels, reading the story unlocks puppets that users can play with. Children can use the stage to replay scenes from the story using the puppets and props.
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These Curious George stories are timeless pieces of literature, familiar to multiple generations. However, even I can admit that the stories are dated. With the ways that reading has changed, Tribal Nova has found a genius way to connect with our young readers. These stories come to life with animations and sound effects. They keep the reader engaged. I also love that the avatars offer three different levels of questioning or discussion points. This is really helpful for parents looking for ways to reinforce comprehension skills or help their child be a successful reader. The questions vary widely from level to level and are appropriate for any age level who loves Curious George.
Overall, Curious George and the Birthday Surprise is a Top Pick reading app. It will appeal to young and old readers alike. With Living Words and guided questions, the shared reading experience is truly something beneficial for the whole family.
Curious George and the Birthday Surprise is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
At the time of this review, the app had no ads, in-app purchases and links were hidden behind a parent gate.
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This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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