Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Just Go to Bed - Little Critter

Did you grow up reading Little Critter stories by Mercer Mayer? Now children are getting the opportunity to engage in Little Critter's adventures of growing up in many fun and interactive apps. Parents and children can all relate to his antics of avoiding bedtime with Just Go to Bed - Little Critter.

If you would like to purchase Just Go To Bed - Little Critter ($0.99, iPad/iPhone) and help support Smart Apps for Special Needs in this process, please click the link below.


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I love books, and I attribute that to being exposed to lots of great children's books when I was growing up. Little Critter stories are an enduring treasure of relatable childhood situations. Just Go to Bed - Little Critter is a cute story about how Little Critter attempts to stall going to bed.

There are three options when starting the story:
  • Read to Me -- Professional or self recorded narration reads as the user flips the pages.
  • Auto Play -- Professional narration only and pages automatically advance
  • Read it Myself -- Narration is turned off

In both Read to Me and Read it Myself options, the child is able to  tap on words to have them read aloud, as well as, tap on objects in the picture to have a caption displayed and read aloud. Children can also tap on the mouse character, available on almost every page, and see how many of the 10 they located when the story ends.

One feature I really like for many reasons is the ability to record your own narration. One reason is that a family member or friend that lives elsewhere can read the story for the child to hear. My mother-in-law lives 2,000 miles away and loves that her grandchildren can hear her read to them anytime they want.

Another reason I like the recording feature is that my son is working on annunciation. He records himself reading and replays it to hear how he sounds. He enjoys listening to his voice reading the book later in the day. He says it makes him feel famous that he is part of the app. I did not think about how this could boost a child's self-esteem; just a possible added perk.

I would like if the app allowed you to edit the label of the different narrations. It is a little thing, but I started recording myself read the story for my son, and I labeled it "Mommy." Then, my son thought it was fun and started reading and recording pages as well.  I went back and wanted to relabel our recording as "Mommy and Son" but could not. I did create a new recording and label it with his name, but he was sad that our combination reading only had my name on it.

This is a great little app to introduce your child to Little Critter or to add to your growing library. The story is entertaining as well as a great beginner reading book.

From iTunes:

Playful and energetic Little Critter resists his father's efforts to get him ready for bed. Little Critter plays a space cadet when his father wants him in the bathtub, and a race car driver when it's time to put on pajamas. Will Little Critter's parents ever get him to bed?

Mercer Mayer's Little Critter stories, which address all the major issues of growing up, are perennial favorites of parents and children. 

Recommended Ages: 2 - 5

- Three ways to read: "Read to Me," "Read it Myself," and "Auto Play" 
- Picture / Word association
- Page selector
- Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped
- Find the creature mini-game
- Professional audio narration
- Custom background audio for each scene
- Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original art of Mercer Mayer
- This 'Universal App' is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad

Rachel H's daughter is a master at stalling bed time. She could give Little Critter a lesson or two.

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