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What parents need to know
What's it about?
Tap the story button and a narrator begins reading DON'T WAKE UP TIGER. In the story, each of five animals uses a balloon to float over the sleeping tiger, which is always on the verge of waking up. Kids must help the animals across and put Tiger back to sleep by rubbing her nose or tummy, rocking her, or blowing the balloon across the screen. When Tiger finally does wake up, kids discover the animals have been preparing a surprise birthday party for her. Three other choices from the main screen are the happy birthday song, a memory card match game, and a spot the difference game.
Is it any good?
Lovely graphics accompany a simple, but sweet story with a handful of fun interactive elements built into the storyline. Because it's not made with the intention of teaching pre-readers, it focuses on the storytelling and immersing kids in the plot. Little kids will likely get a kick out of all the antics meant to keep the sleeping tiger asleep. And the activities are both cleverly woven in and take advantage of multiple ways to use the device: Tap or rub the screen, blow into the microphone, and rock the device. The story is also quite short, and the two mini games utilize the wonderful illustrations but are rather unoriginal. That said, the elements -- though simple -- are so well-made, appealing, and designed to involve kids, that it's worth the money. Don't Wake Up Tiger may not be the kind of app that digs deep or calls kids back for repeat visit after repeat visit. But, it's a sweet way to interact with an appealing story -- especially when used while on a parent's lap for a shared bonding experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why the animals must keep the tiger asleep in Don't Wake Up Tiger. What do you think the animals are doing? Where are they bringing the balloons? What might happen if tiger wakes up?
Make Don't Wake Up Tiger into a sweet bonding activity by reading the story together with your kids. For each activity, do the same thing to your kids: rub their tummy, pretend to rock them asleep while singing a lullaby, or get them giggling by blowing gently into their face.
Take every possible opportunity to read books with your kids. Start with sturdy picture books with little text when they're small through chapter book novels when they're bigger. No matter their age, use what you read to spark conversation and inspire a love of reading.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
- Price: $.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 18, 2018
- Category: Books
- Topics: Friendship
- Size: 150.70 MB
- Publisher: Nosy Crow
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: February 22, 2021
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