A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids are encouraged to read aloud, which is great for building fluency. But without being able to hear the text, they will require an adult to be on hand for words they struggle with. The story itself is more fantasy the reality, so they won't learn much about actual foxes.
Ease of Play
The voice recognition works well and kids will have no trouble getting through the story. There's an activity that invites kids to make a video which isn't entirely clear.
Violence & Scariness
There is a moment of the story that might frighten young kids. A set of eyes peer out of the darkness, but the scene is short lived.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This cute story invites families to read out loud together using voice-recognition technology, but it's very short. The Snow Fox is adorable, but it's so brief that it feels more like a vehicle for showing off the technology than a stand-alone tale. The voice recognition becomes the star: It responds accurately to the reader, filtering out background noise including voices from the TV and radio. As a result, it creates a lovely platform for encouraging reading aloud and fluency practice. The video component is confusing, as it seems to merely provide the opportunity to record a voiceover to a specific bit of content from the story. Kids will likely enjoy the tale, even though it's short. The baby fox is just too cute to resist! For a free app, it's certainly more than worth checking out.
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