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Parents need to know that in version 1.0.0 the "Help" button can freeze Caillou's World. The rest of this app is easy and straightforward -- perhaps too much so for little learners who like to press lots of buttons. There are iPhone and Android versions available, but with the small objects kids have to find, a larger screen is a better choice for this one. Pre-readers are tasked with figuring out what letter an object starts with. They have seven scenes to choose from (like Playground and Barn) and each object that flashes in the scene then offers three letter choices. Words go from easy like "bird" to harder like "watermelon" and even if a wrong letter is selected an object starting with that letter is offered. If parents decide to turn the feature on, kids earn two stars for the right choice the first time and one star for the right choice the second time. But these stars don't accumulate in any way that kids can see.
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Pre-readers who like the TV show Caillou and the coloring book theme will get some enjoyment out of finding flashing objects and picking the letter each starts with in CAILLOU'S WORLD. But many other kids will be tapping furiously looking for something else to do here. Each time a scene is selected they only get to click on six objects, then the letter that object starts with. And the coloring book only reveals an entire colorful picture at the end. Plus the stars earned go away by the next screen; there's no page for kids to see them accumulate. The words do go from easy to hard and are mixed up well; there are plenty of combinations each time a scene is opened up. But for something boldly called Caillou's World kids should really be able to do more coloring and exploring themselves instead of one straightforward learning task.
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