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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Edsel McFarlan's New Car - Auracle is a 32-page book app based on the print book by Max Holechek with illustrations by Darrell Toland. The story involves a boy who loves cars and orders one from a catalog. After assembling the car and taking it around (to the dismay and wreckage of the town), Edsel and his car end up in the junkyard. After that, Edsel decides that instead of cars he loves space rockets, and the whole cycle starts again. There are three reading modes, so kids can control the pace and narration, and when kids tap on objects in the illustration, the word for that object pops up and is spoken (e.g., "car part"). An in-app purchase of $.99 adds an audio recording tool, where adults can record themselves reading each of the pages, then choose their voice for the narration.
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Is it any good?
Kids will enjoy being able to move at their own pace and tap on the great illustrations in EDSEL MCFARLAN'S NEW CAR. The names for objects are very basic, which will facilitate learning to read but can get a tad repetitive. The different reading modes accommodate different abilities and can be used to reinforce reading skills. The audio recording tool is user-friendly, but make sure you adjust the settings so your audio won't be deleted. The story itself is humorous and entertaining, though Edsel never really learns from his mistakes or realizes how much trouble he's caused! Still, this is a solid app worth the price.
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