A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can work on their word recognition and reading as they follow along with the story. They can also learn more about the butterfly life cycle and practice identifying and showing emotions via facial expressions.
Ease of Play
Younger kids may need some help taking pictures and adjusting them, but the rest of the controls will be familiar. The text is read aloud, so kids don't need to be able to read.
Violence & Scariness
One scene involves fending off aphids by moving a bug army general on the screen so he can punch them.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids will love taking the pictures with each facial expression and then seeing their face starring in the story. Garden Guardian by Polished Play is a cute story with a really fun personalized twist. Whereas some ebooks let you put your face in the action, very few incorporate multiple shots so that the characters actually look like they're reacting to what's happening. The results are often hilarious for kids, so they may want to read it again and again after adding more pictures. Also, for kids who struggle with emotions, it can be a great way to practice identifying and mirroring feelings. On the downside, the story is wordy and the font on each page is small for a kids' story. Some pages have very little interactivity, while others have significantly more but no prompts to help you start. In the end, though, it's a fun way for kids to personalize a story and learn a bit along the way.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.