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Video Review:

Sparky's Birthday Surprise

Age Level: Ages 5-8

Sparky's Birthday Surprise is not only an app full of fun surprises, but a very nicely put together story app that really hones in some basic fire safety skills. The story is full of fun animation that your child will not tire of. The pages turn easily and there are prompts for points of engagement.

There are three story modes: Read To Me, with highlighted words that can be tapped on to hear them again and fun mini-games. Read Myself for just a book and Read & Play, which is a book with interactive play and games. In addition to the mini-games, there is a great little upbeat animated song about fire safety. The mini-games include such things as numbers, addition, learning shapes and dressing Sparky in his fire gear. Tap on the parts of the firetruck to learn what they are. Open doors and windows to see what is behind them and much, much more!

At the end of the story the app reviews important safety tips. Tap on each point and it will be read to you.

I have to say that this is a wonderful little app and one that I will be keeping on my device!

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


  • In English and Spanish.
  • Three story telling modes.
  • Full of interactive pages.
  • Fun learning activities.
  • Coloring pages for additional fun.
  • Great sing-along video with an upbeat fire safety song.
  • Mini games teaching counting and shapes.
  • Questions designed to increase reading comprehension and conversation about fire safety.
  • Plus, it's FREE!!! Unbelievable!

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