A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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