A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Story addresses respect for others, the value of diversity, the meaning of friendship, the importance of self- acceptance, self-love, and the power of being unique. The narration allows kids to follow along and reinforces reading fluency. The band game allows kids to explore sounds and music. The search game promotes visual attention to detail.
Ease of Play
No directions or tutorials, but there are little visual hints that prompt kids to press the arrows to flip pages or touch pictures on the screen to activate animation.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Touching and sweet animated and interactive story addresses an important lesson about friendship and diversity in a kid friendly way. The Platypus' Search teaches little ones a valuable lesson. Families can use it as a tool to discuss diversity, friendship, respect, acceptance, the importance of being unique, kindness, and fitting in. The characters and the story itself are super relatable, making it easy for kids to empathize and think about how platypus felt when he was rejected for his unique looks. The app isn't complicated at all and directions are intuitive. The visual prompts provide enough support for kids to navigate the app on their own. The story's illustrations are captivating and beautifully designed. The interactive feature makes the app even more engaging and empowers little ones to contribute to the story through animation. Kids will look for the little twinkling stars with excitement to see what surprise is revealed. They'll be able to see what's behind the refrigerator door; make toast; turn on lights; open the mailbox; introduce hidden animals; and activate special effects. However, the interactive features could be a distraction from the story, so it's best to read it through once first and then explore what happens when you touch the stars.The last text page of the book is a bit glitchy. White letters overlapped black letters, making it difficult to read. So, with some improvements, this would be a stellar ebook for kids.
The games are fun too; however, some are better than others. The search game with the flashlight encourages attention to detail and will keep kids busy. It's not easy finding all the little objects hidden in the clutter. The make a band game allows kids to explore sounds and encourages creativity. By placing animals on different tree stumps, they can create different musical combinations. The same format appears every time kids play the bedtime matching game, making it quite repetitive. Even though a link to other games by the developer appears on the home screen, parents have the option of removing it for added peace of mind and to ensure kids' experience isn't disrupted by ads or distractions. Multilingual families will love the fact that the story is translated into eleven different languages. Kids can enjoy it in French, Spanish, Dutch, and Chinese, just to name a few of the available languages. Overall, Platypus' Search is a sweet digital book with a powerful message that little ones and families will enjoy.
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