What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
Children will be drawn to the mostly realistic recordings of animal sounds though the disconnnect between the sounds and cartoonish animal pictures is confusing.
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.
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'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?
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.