I can hardly believe the Olympics are almost over. If you’ve been following the games, I’ll bet you’re yearning to visit (or revisit) the United Kingdom. I know I am! But with a tiny bit of effort, you can surround yourself with media that will transport you to the land of Dickens, Shakespeare, the Spice Girls, and Lily Rose Cooper; and you won’t have to wait in line at airport security.
|The first "Charlie and Lola" book|
Bizzy Bear Builds a House and Cinderella are easy to navigate and filled with layers of functionality that will keep your preschoolers and youngsters entertained for many visits. Bizzy Bear Builds a House has a young bear living out many kids’ fondest fantasy: working on a construction site and operating a series of earth-moving machines like a steam shovel, bulldozer, and dumptruck, as well as swinging a hammer. A piglet on the construction site says, “This is the best job!” and it would be impossible to disagree with her. Child voice talent keeps this anchored in a young world with a good mix of male and female voices (with British accents, naturally). The illustrations are bold, bright, and adorable.
|Notice how the mirror reflects the app user's face|
Beau Crow - The Greedy Crow written and illustrated by Jason Harris is a seemingly simple storybook with an important twist. Users can read this by themselves or have the book read to them by the British narrator; but the fun variation here is that users can record their own voice narrating the book. It’s a great motivator for reading aloud and a wonderful vocabulary builder to boot, with a good mix of simple and tougher words. There’s a bit of functionality in the illustrations, but that’s not really the draw here. The ability to record your own voiceover makes this a fun and rewarding do-it-yourself project for kids.
|Silly and necessary|