Tacky the Penguin

Common Sense Media says

Interactive story encourages kids to be themselves.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Pages are turned with a swipe of the finger. Kids can read themselves or listen to a narrator read page by page. There's also a fully automatic mode where kids can watch and listen to the entire book being read to them, almost like a mini-movie. Kids can pause the story and later resume from where they left off.

Violence & scariness

Hunters threaten to hit the penguins with switches, trap them, and sell them for profit.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

A link on the app's menu screen will take you to other ebooks for sale from the publisher.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tacky the Penguin is a digital version of the children's book by Helen Lester that teaches the value of being an individual and not always following the pack. Tacky is an "odd bird" and doesn't fit in with his graceful penguin companions. But after Tacky's uncouth behavior foils a group of hunters, the other penguins realize he's a good fellow to have around after all.

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Based on a wonderful story about nonconformity, TACKY THE PENGUIN embellishes the original text and illustrations with interactive elements that emphasize reading and vocabulary building. Kids can tap the scenery to learn words, tap paragraphs of text to hear a narrator read them, or listen to the narrator recite the whole story while following along with highlighted words. The app doesn't contain as many bells and whistles as some other ebooks, but the result is that the story is kept front and center.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:December 14, 2010
Category:Books
Publisher:Oceanhouse Media
Version:1.08
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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