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$2.99 at time of review

Penguin's Family - Smithsonian Oceanic Collection

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

Do penguins perk your kid's interest? If so, this is the app you are looking for. Learn how a baby Humboldt Penguin begins it's life and grows to a point of caring for itself. What are the dangers of this new fledgling? The book of adventure will tell you this and much more.

As with all Oceanhouse Media apps, you have the choice of “Read to Me”, Auto Play, or “Read Myself” modes. Words are highlighted and can be heard again by tapping on them and paragraphs will replay by touching and holding. In addition, by tapping on a picture, you can hear and see the word associated with it. Don't stop there! Record your own voice and share with anyone, or download to any device.

The app is perfect for increasing literacy. I would take your child through it the first time, ensuring any new words are well understood – there are quite a few. Then when they use it by themselves they have full understanding. Since the story takes place in Peru, it would be a great learning experience to find it's location on a map in relation to where you live!

Oceanhouse Media has an online Teacher's Guide that accompanies the book. Perfect for a classroom as well as a homeschool setting. Or, if you are just a parent that is inspired to teach your children outside the classroom. br>
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Designed for children ages 3-8.


  • ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
  • LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
  • RECORD your own narration & share it with others
  • SELECT a scene with easy-to-use navigation
  • KEEP kids in the story with parental controls 

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