The Little Engine That Could

Common Sense Media says

Book adaptation uses voice-overs instead of text.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The narrative plays automatically so there's no page-turning involved. Kids can interact with the story at several points, including loading the train with toys by dragging them into the freight cars, and tapping the screen to select the color of the Little Engine.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Little Engine That Could is a digital version of the classic children's story in which a little engine is able to pull a heavy trainload of toys up a steep mountain through positive thinking ("I think I can!"). The text of the story does not appear in the book -- it just has voice-over narration -- so kids can't practice their reading skills.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD isn't a typical digital book adaptation because there's no on-screen text for kids to follow. Instead, they'll listen as voice-overs narrate the story accompanied by animated pictures. The music is a little overbearing, but the voice acting and graphics are great. There are a handful of interactive moments -- like tapping the screen to choose the color of the engine and load the toys onto the train -- but for the most part it's like watching a cartoon.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$3.99
Release date:November 29, 2010
Category:Entertainment
Publisher:Once Upon an App
Version:1.01
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Kid, 9 years old January 2, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

It May Be iffy But Is For Kids To 12+ Ages And Under

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What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 2, 5, and 11 year old Written byMontyMom June 7, 2011
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4
QUALITY
 

New update is much improved!

The app recently had a major update that includes text for reading along. Also, there are great activities like loading the train, playing the sounds of the train, a puzzle, connect the dots, and coloring pages.
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