Peppy Pals Sammy Helps Out

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Sweet friends teach acceptance and helping others.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn social-emotional skills about accepting differences and helping friends. Kids can listen to text or read to themselves. If parents use the accompanying questions either during play or after play, kids will be more able to apply the lessons to their own lives.

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Storybook app is simple to navigate, with or without narration.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Peppy Pals Sammy Helps Out is an electronic, illustrated storybook that teaches kids about collaboration, emotions, and friendship. Parents or kids can choose to read the story themselves or have the narrator read it, all customizable in the parent section. Some pages include a lightbulb icon that gives parents ideas to facilitate discussion with kids as they read. The story was developed by a child psychologist and is available in English or Swedish. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In PEPPY PALS SAMMY HELPS OUT Sammy the horse and Reggie the dog are walking and come to a creek. Sammy jumps right across, but Reggie is afraid and falls in when he finally jumps. Sammy encourages him and helps him out of the water. This electronic book includes questions for parents to ask kids in the moment as they read or at the end of the story. Kids or parents can read the story themselves or follow along as it's read aloud. Images react slightly to kids' touch, and kids tap the arrow to advanced pages.

Is it any good?

With helpful, embedded questions, this simple story teaches an important social-emotional lesson in a storybook format without lots of distractions. Unlike some interactive books that include lots of animations, Peppy Pals Sammy Helps Out feels more like a book than a game. Since too many distractions can dilute learning, kids will stay focused on the narrative. The content is well-thought-out and easy to navigate, including switching audio narration on and off and changing between English and Swedish. Beyond that, options are minimal. Pages much be manually advanced, one at a time. The unexpected twist at the end where a rabbit hops across a nearby bridge adds a fun element as well as a lesson in different perspectives and paths. The best feature is probably the embedded questions that parents can access within the story or at the end. Since social-emotional learning is usually hard to apply and measure, talking through the characters' feelings and applying the lessons to the real world serves as an important bridge for little kids. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences in how Sammy and Reggie face crossing the water in Peppy Pals Sammy Helps Out. Ask kids if they've ever faced a challenge that was easy for a friend but not for them.

  • Ask kids what they can learn from Gabby's different path across the creek.

  • Talk to kids about their feelings and fears in general, and help them take others' perspectives to encourage empathy.

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