My Little Pony: Cutie Pox

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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No-frills ebook best for fans of the series.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some basic word recognition and pronunciation by choosing to have the story read aloud. The app is categorized as an ebook and is not specifically intended for learning, but kids also can learn to work on their patience and always tell the truth. My Little Pony: Cutie Pox provides a cute story with a positive message, but don't expect much beyond the reading practice that comes with any book.

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Ebook is easy to navigate.

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Based on a popular media franchise with plenty of product tie-ins available.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Cutie Pox is an interactive ebook based on the My Little Pony TV show and franchise. There are no additional games and activities, but kids can access a "glossary" of terms from the story, which involves a potion, a curse, and a witch doctor. Kids can choose to have the story read page by page, to read it independently, or to auto-play the entire story. Parents can track how many of the highlighted vocabulary words kids click on.

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What's it about?

In MY LITTLE PONY: CUTIE POX, young pony Apple Bloom and her friends in the Cutie Mark Crusaders are trying to earn their cutie marks by discovering their special talents. When an attempt at bowling goes poorly, Apple Bloom runs off into the woods, where she falls and chips her tooth. Zecora, the witch doctor, finds her and offers to help fix the tooth but tells her that she has to be patient in earning her cutie mark. Apple Bloom doesn't listen, and she steals some ingredients from Zecora. But when she receives multiple cutie marks for skills she can't stop performing, the ponies realize that Apple Blook has been stricken with "Cutie Pox," a rare and incurable disease. Luckily, Zecora is able to help Apple Bloom tell the truth before it's too late. In the end, Apple Bloom learns the importance of being patient and telling the truth.

Is it any good?

My Little Pony: Cutie Pox is a typical story in the My Little Pony universe: A pony makes a poor choice, gets a bad result, and learns an important lesson. Most kids will relate to the difficulty of being patient and the challenges of figuring out what you're good at in life. The "Word Round Up" at the end, which looks like a glossary, shows an image from the story for each word. There is no additional definition, and some of the images are unclear. "Hut," for example, shows the inside of Zecora's hut rather than the outside. The highlighted words in the story suffer a similar fate. In this case, tapping on them shows an animation from the story which may or may not clarify the meaning of the word. Though this is a cute addition to the digital library for My Little Pony fans, the lack of additional games or activities may translate into less value for others.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being happy with yourself just as you are. What are the things that are special about you?

  • Discuss how learning a new skill takes patience and hard work. What things are you good at? What is something you want to be better at? How can you become better? Put a plan in place.

  • Could this story be told with characters other than those in My Little Pony? How might it be the same? How might it be different?

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