A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ultimate Dinopedia includes a section on meat-eating dinosaurs that contains graphic illustrations of dinosaurs killing and eating others. Younger kids might also be frightened by pictures of some of the scarier-looking predators. The interactive encyclopedia with information on hundreds of dinosaurs, and about 75 of the most popular dinosaurs (like the T. rex, triceratops, stegosaurus, and brontosaurus) get a full-color illustration, fun facts, and a narrated info blurb on top of basic stats. There's a lot of information but it's presented in a way that shouldn't go over kids' heads.
What's it about?
Kids view the content of this National Geographic interactive encyclopedia by flipping through each page as they would a book, or they can navigate to specific sections via a scrolling table of contents. Kids can read basic stats on hundreds of dinosaurs, and explore expanded sections on about 75 of the most popular dinos (such as brontosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex) that include illustrations, fun facts, and narrated text.
Is it any good?
It's hard to say whether ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA: THE MOST COMPLETE DINOSAUR REFERENCE EVER lives up to its boastful name, but it's certainly packed full of information on an astounding number of dinosaurs (around 700). More than just a collection of stats, the app also features images and videos, a dinosaur "family tree," and info about habitat, diet, eggs and babies, fossils, and famous dinosaur digs. The voice actor reads the info blurbs like an over-the-top news anchor, but that aside, Ultimate Dinopedia is a must-have for dinosaur lovers.
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- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Science: animals, biology, life cycle
Social Studies: exploration, geography, timelines
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
- Price: $5.99
- Release date: December 14, 2010
- Category: Books
- Topics: Dinosaurs
- Publisher: National Geographic Society
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
- Last updated: August 25, 2016
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