Animal Book

 
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Learning(i)

Cute way to learn creature names and sounds, but ads annoy.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is easy to use. Kids touch the screen to scroll through images and to select the correct items in the quiz section.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Advertisements run along the top and bottom of the screen. Depending on which version of the app you have, you may be able to make an in-app purchase to remove ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some safety concerns. External links in the easy-to-tap ads may take kids out of the app to potentially age-inappropriate content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Animal Book is an educational app that aims to help kids learn 39 different animals and their sounds. The animals are portrayed with bright, colorful, cartoonish illustrations. A narrator pronounces the name of each animal clearly. The app includes ads, that when tapped, can take kids out of the app.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals
  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • memorization

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Children will be drawn to the mostly realistic recordings of animal sounds though the disconnnect between the sounds and cartoonish animal pictures is confusing.

Learning Approach

The app half-heartedly incorporates text and real vocalizations in the game: The only thing kids need for success in the Quiz area is to remember the pronounced name.

Support

Navigation allows kids to choose to move on before getting it right or just try again but the lack of progress tracking limits assessment potential.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals
  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • memorization

Kids can learn the names and sounds made by wild and domestic animals from around the globe, from koalas to cats, then match them to a picture of that animal. The sounds are fascinating: Who knew a crocodile chitters? There's some disconnect between the cartoonish graphics (except the chimpanzee for some reason) and the quite real vocalizations. The Quiz section omits the written names, and the sounds are optional. Animal Book teaches kids the names of different animals and the sounds they make but only half-heartedly incorporates text and real vocalizations in the game. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Kids start off in the Learn area with a grid of named animals. Two buttons allow them to listen to the name or the sound an animal makes. The Quiz area presents a grid of four animals, and the narrator states the name of only one. Kids can listen to the name and sound the animal makes any number of times before tapping the right one. A big red X and a buzzer tells them if they're wrong; a green check and applause tells them if they're right. Kids can choose to move on before getting it right or just try again.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ANIMAL BOOK is a cute way for children to learn different animal names and the noises associated with them. Children will be drawn to the large, colorful illustrations along with the mostly realistic recordings of animal sounds. Animal Book also provides a quiz section where kids are challenged to identify the correct animal from four different pictures. When players select the correct animal, they are encouraged by an applauding audience. However, when players choose the wrong answer, they are alerted with an intimidating "buzz." Parents should know that Animal Book is a nice way for young kids to learn or pass time, but the ads can become obnoxious and lead users to external links.

Families can talk about...

  • Go for a "quiet" hike and see how many animals you can hear.

  • Visit your local zoo during the morning or evening if possible, and you might get a chance to hear the animals when they are most vocal.

  • Collect animal sounds with a pocket recorder and have your kids make their own field guide.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 23, 2011
Category:Education
Size:10.00 MB
Publisher:Santpal Dhillon
Version:2.6
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.5 and up

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