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Princess Baby

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Instead of reading, kids play 7 very simple tapping games.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn basic words and phrases as Princess Baby mentions them, such as "blocks" and "kitty cat." Princess Baby sometimes prompts kids to touch a part of the screen or play music slower or faster, but reinforcement is inconsistent.

Ease of play

Using the app is very intuitive, and there are instructions in a help menu linked from the main page. There are seven toys to play with in Princess Baby's room. Most of the toys and things in the room respond to tapping or swiping, but a few also respond to tilting. A few of the controls are a little glitchy, particularly if moving quickly between actions. There is no variation in difficulty.

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Consumerism

A link from the main screen gives users options to sign up to receive information from the developer via email, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. Users can also purchase the Princess Baby book or other apps from the developer.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Princess Baby is based on the book by Karen Katz, but unlike most book apps, this has very few written words. Kids begin by choosing one of four (racially diverse) princess babies to play with. In Princess Baby's room, kids find three of seven toys to play with including blocks to stack, a drum to tap, a jumping cat, a ball to bounce, etc. Most of the toys are simply tapped to play; some, like the ball, respond to tilting. Princess Baby talks about playing together, having fun, and plays peekaboo. Tapping the window or bed puts Princess Baby to sleep, tapping twice wakes her up to find three different toys. There are seven toys total in the cycle.

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QUALITY

Very young kids will find PRINCESS BABY entertaining. Her invitations to play with her magic wand or feed her teddy bear are spot on for a lot of pre-school princesses. However, the app is stronger on entertainment than education. While Princess Baby often asks kids to tap on something specific, and will sometimes respond positively if they succeed, she will also respond to anything they tap on, which is exciting but not very helpful. The lack of written words to practice reading and the repetition of toys will likely give the app a short lifespan for your little ones. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:June 30, 2011
Category:Books
Size:87.50 MB
Publisher:Random House Digital, Inc.
Version:1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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