Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Creativity makes this engaging learning app a favorite.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn storytelling skills by recording their own story over the illustrations from Milo the mouse's original story. Created by a speech therapist, this app encourages kids to interact with the story and be creative in developing stories of their own. The prerecorded story also provides an example of how to speak and tell stories, with clear, short, descriptive sentences. The sound quality and lack of animation might make it feel a tad outdated. Kids get a fun and creative outlet to practice storytelling and develop imagination.

Ease of Play

Kids swipe to turn pages, and interact with different images on the screen by touching them. Clear controls on each page allow users to record their own story. Settings allow you to turn off sounds, narrator's voice, text, or interactive features.

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Language

It's possible to record anything, including profanity, on the self-record option on each page of this storybook.

Consumerism

A "More Milo Here" tab on the main screen links to more apps from this developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook lives up to its name. There's interactivity throughout this app, including the option to record your own story to go along with the pictures and hear it played back to you with high-quality sound. Touch a character or object image, and it moves or makes a sound. Swipe the page and listen to the narrator tell you the upbeat story with a good message in helpfulness and friendship. Your older child can also read the story without a narrator voice-over.  

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What's it about?

Kids can listen to the pre-recorded story or record their own story over the illustrations from the original story on this app. They'll swipe to turn pages, and they'll interact with different images on the screen by touching them. Clear controls on each page allow users to record their own story. The story is simple but sweet, and it introduces kids to characters they'll recognize on other Milo language apps. Settings allow you to turn off sounds, narrator's voice, text, or interactive features.

Is it any good?

SPEECH WITH MILO: INTERACTIVE STORYBOOK -- a cute, happy storybook app -- is a winner. It's rather lengthy for the pre-k and early elementary school target age, but that's OK because the bright images and all of the interactivity hold kids' attention. The ability to record your own story for the book is a delightful way to practice storytelling and promote imagination.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Make up a story for Milo with your child, trading off every other page.

  • Listen to your child's story, ask questions about it, and provide constructive feedback.

  • Act out the story with your child, or help your child make a paper version of the story.

App details

For kids who love storytelling and storybooks

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