Just a Day at the Pond by Mercer Mayer is a book in the classic Little Critter series. Book apps are a great way to promote literacy, encourage imagination, and learn new vocabulary words. A book from a classic series helps kids engage in the story quicker and easier. Although it is designed for children ages 2 to 5, a classic book like this can bring back memories and is great for the family to enjoy together.
This book is a great way to get you in the mood for summer. After our long winter here, it’s refreshing to read a warm weather story. In this story Little Critter takes a visit to his grandparent’s farm. He got to go fishing and catch frogs. He was a little hesitant to get in the water to go swimming, but eventually his grandfather helps him learn to swim with the help of some bees.
Just a Day at the Pond features three reading options: 1) Read to Me; 2) Read it myself; 3) Auto Play. In the first two selections, the reader needs to turn the page by swiping sideways on the screen, the third selection reads through the book and turns the page for the reader, a great option for the little guys when they want some independence with the book app.
In all three reading styles the reader is able to interact with the pages by tapping certain words or objects and the book will read what that word or thing is out loud.
There is a parent section with instructions for the book. In order to enter or ‘unlock’ access to this section, it asks you to follow the simple instructions such as “swiping the screen with two fingers to the left”. Copyright information and information on the eBook publisher can also be found on this parent screen.
When in one of the first two options (read to me or read it myself) there is an arrow in the bottom left hand corner. When you select this area you will see an option menu come up letting you choose to go back to home screen, to look at the pages in the book from a glance, to record your own narration, or to open another options menu. In the options menu you can turn off sound effects and turn off the ability to tap on pictures, good features for kids who want to read themselves. The voice recording feature is a great way to give your child a familiar voice when they are listening to the story. You read the story while it records your voice, then it stores that reading as an option in place of the automated narrator voice.
This is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers. My favorite feature of this particular book app is that it has creatures hidden throughout the story. There are 24 mice and spiders to locate throughout the story. The book tally’s up the number you find throughout the book giving you the total at the end. A great way to add another dimension to the interactive story feature.
Just A Day at the Pond is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is $1.99 on App Store. For print book, you can find it on Amazon. The Amazon button below the Netflix giveaway will lead you to the print book.
Look for more classic stories like this? Here are more classic story books for kids that you can read on your mobile devices:
Thinking about going beyond books? Below are some classic movies that are available on Netflix now. The Netflix app is free, and you can try it one month for free. Plus, thanks to Netflix, one lucky reader will have chance to win 3-month subscription for free. To win the free 3 months access to Netflix, simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite classic childhood story, be it a book or a movie. All entries entered before April 30 are eligible to win. We will announce the winner at this post on May 1.
The winner is – Corey Olomon. Congrats!
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Today’s app is reviewed by Daisy Simpson. Daisy is a proud mom to an active toddler and works part-time in a hospital where she utilizes technology in her work with helping kids cope in the medical setting. Her family loves being outdoors experiencing all Minnesota has to offer.