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Video Review:

A Frog Thing

Age Level: Ages 0–5, Ages 5-8
By Developer: Oceanhouse Media


A Frog thing is an early-reader book app. It's all about a frog named Frankie who has a desire to fly. Although he has been told that he could do anything he sets his mind to Frankie isn't having a lot of success in his flying endeavors. Frankie feels the disappointment of not being able to carry this out and is encouraged to stick to frog-like activities. But, Frankie is determined to make this happen. I like that that Frankie is not deterred by others in his pursuit of a goal – one that he does achieve, in a round about way. As the book unfolds, Frankie has some realizations along the way, of which he comes to himself, not based on any discouragements that he has received.

The book has professional voice over as well as great sound effects. One can turn the pages, or use an auto-play, where the book moves along on it's own. Like many book apps, you can do your own recording and share it with others.

This app is not hugely interactive. There are fun sounds that go along with the story though, which the reader can reactivate by touching the screen, adding to the interest and fun level. Being that it is an early-reader, I think this isn't such a bad thing, a lot of interactivity would distract your child from the actual reading aspect. The words are highlighted and each word can be sounded out just by tapping on it. You can also double tap to replay a paragraph.

All-in-all, I think this is a great little app book. It encourages early-reading and literary skills, as well as encourages the reader to not be thwarted in achieving goals. Which are a couple of good things for any child to walk away with!

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Designed for children 3-7.

Features

  • Read to me, read myslef and auto-play options
  • Highlighted words as story is told. Word and sentence replay with a tap
  • Encourages literary skills
  • Record your own voice and share it with others
  • Encourages the reader to follow on a given purpose

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