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My Oh My-A Butterfly!

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Whimsical Seuss-like rhymes help kids get into butterflies.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn about a butterfly's life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to butterfly, and about types. They can create a butterfly diary and learn about the monarch's migration south for winter, as well as scientific principles that have to do with animal life cycles and metamorphosis and about observation and data collection, though the ebook doesn't use those terms. Kids tap words to learn their definitions and practice their reading skills by reading on their own or recording their own voices. Rhyming stanzas and lovable characters make it fun to learn new words and science concepts.

Ease of play

Navigation is simple and easy. Big arrows turn pages backward or forward. Kids tap pictures and words to learn more and tap and drag objects to move them around.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Butterflies mating -- my, oh, my! If you think learning about butterfly mating counts as sexual content, be forewarned: there's some mention of male and female butterflies looking to mate and produce eggs as well as a very kid-friendly definition of the word mate.

Language
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Consumerism

Several links to buy more apps are accessible to those who can follow directions to swipe the screen with two fingers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that My, Oh My-A Butterfly is another title in The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library. This ebook uses the Cat in the Hat and classic characters from the original book (the boy and girl, Thing 1 and Thing 2) to make learning about butterflies come alive with music, sound effects, interactive animations, closeup looks, and that typical Dr. Seuss rhyming style. Kids can choose to read the ebook on their own or have it read to them. They can tap difficult vocabulary words to see definitions and tap most pictures to see and hear them labeled. Also, kids can tap and drag select floating objects to, for example, make a butterfly fly around the screen. There are multiple invitations to purchase more ebook apps from the same developer, though actually navigating out of the app requires swiping two fingers in the indicated direction (and this is pretty easy to do for some kids, even by accident).

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What's it about?

Follow the Cat in the Hat on an adventure through the world of butterflies. Learn about their life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to butterfly, and about their different kinds, colors, and shapes; and get an in-depth look at the monarch butterfly's migration south for the winter. Kids can choose to read themselves or be read to, and they control the pace of the book, tapping on bold words to learn their meanings and on pictures to hear and see them labeled. Users also can record their own voices reading the story.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

MY OH MY-A BUTTERFLY includes a lot of fun information about butterflies, and the lovable characters and whimsical rhymes make for an engaging experience. Tapping words to learn definitions and pictures to hear labels provides a nice learning opportunity and attempts to mimic the irreplaceable experience of reading a real book with an adult. Some wording in the definitions seems a bit advanced, and the labeling is a bit in-your-face and can get obnoxious. The ebook includes a really nice suggestion for kids to go butterfly watching and to keep a diary of the butterflies they find.

There are disappointingly few opportunities, though, for interacting with the book and its content. Adding a few more meaningful interactions to make better use of the digital format would enhance the experience and make it really worth its ebook status.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kid create a butterfly diary. Go find butterflies and/or their eggs, and document what you find with pictures. Talk about scientific observation.

  • Read together and point out and discuss the information and features like scientific concepts and word definitions.

  • Record your or your kid's voice reading.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Science: animals, life cycle
Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 10, 2013
Category:Books
Topics:Book characters, Bugs, Science and nature
Size:49.00 MB
Publisher:Oceanhouse Media
Version:2.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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