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Wee You-Things

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Colorful, interactive book lets kids celebrate diversity.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to appreciate differences in others and themselves. They will hear that our differences make us special and make life more interesting and exciting, and they'll get a glimpse of kids who may be different from them. Wee You-Things is an interactive book, so kids will also develop some of the skills that come from being read to and exploring books, such as understanding concepts of print. At the end of the story, kids can complete a sentence about themselves, giving them an outlet to celebrate their uniqueness. Wee You-Things may be a brief story, but the message about appreciating differences is powerful.

Ease of play

The book is preschooler-friendly with interactive pages. Kids can swipe to advance pages or tap the arrows; there is no auto-play option.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The start page includes an App Store link to Wee Alphas, another app by the same developer. In the help/settings section (marked by a heart), there is a tab for "more Wee stuff" that includes links to buy prints and games based upon characters from the apps. This info is not easily accessible for young kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wee You-Things is an interactive book designed to celebrate differences, encourage empathy, and develop confidence in kids. Though the controls are easy for preschoolers to navigate on their own, Wee You-Things strives to encourage questions and discussions, so it would be most beneficial if parents and kids explored it together. Kids may have questions about some of the differences, like why Claire has no hair or why Brad has two dads, which are opportunities for parents to model and teach acceptance.

What's it about?

In this interactive rhyming book, kids meet a variety of characters who all have something that makes them unique. Some of these "you-things" can be seen -- like Bea's glasses and Lamar's scar. Some are silly -- like Grace being from outer space or Ruth's purple tooth. Some help kids see their own uniqueness or appreciate differences in others. Brad has two dads, and Dot gets scared a lot. The message is clear: "No one in the world is the same," and "without 'you-things' we'd be boring and plain."

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The fun drawings in WEE YOU-THINGS will amuse kids and introduce them to differences without making them feel uncomfortable. The various "you-things" displayed show kids differences in appearance, differences in lifestyle, and more -- all things that make each individual special. Kids put themselves in the story by creating their own character, choosing an outfit, and taking their picture with the device's camera or choosing a drawn face; they then get to name their "you-thing" and join the parade celebrating differences. The story is short but powerful. Kids may not play with it for long, but the take-away is worthwhile.

Families can talk about...

  • Don't miss the extension questions hidden in the parent section. To access, tap and hold the heart at the top of the screen, go to the How It Works, and swipe to the last page.

  • Help kids build empathy by making connections between the characters and your kid, yourself, or loved ones.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: discussion, reading
Skills:Emotional Development: empathy, self-awareness
Communication: listening
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:April 15, 2013
Category:Books
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
Size:41.80 MB
Publisher:Wee Society LLC
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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Teen, 15 years old Written byDaisy68460xxxx October 4, 2015

It's for the young in the family to help learn stuff

It can help the young of the family learn stuff.
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Grandparent of a 5 year old Written byChaz Margarita C. October 11, 2016

Chaz M.

My kiddos love this app, to them its a s ufnny as snl its good.
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