Parents' Guide to

The Little Engine That Could

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Book adaptation uses voice-overs instead of text.

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age 4+

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age 4+

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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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
  • Release date: November 29, 2010
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: Once Upon an App
  • Version: 1.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 23, 2016

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