This baby-animal app introduces kits and kittens and pups and puppies.
This cleverly illustrated primer teaches young children the proper names of baby animals within a rhyming narrative. “A baby deer is called a fawn. / This little fawn wakes up at dawn. // A baby seal is called a pup. / This little pup can’t reach his cup!” And so it goes with a baby pig, a baby fox (a kit), a kitten, a foal, a calf (“baby cow”), a puppy, a bear cub and a lamb. What makes the somewhat stilted rhyme a nonissue—besides the somewhat static adult narrator (read: choose the child narrator)—are the whimsical interactions and Srinivasan’s illustrations, which bring every page to new life. Readers will particularly enjoy putting colorful wigs on the piglet and hearing daddy pig’s big belly laugh when the best wig is chosen. Matching mittens and spotting missing socks create ongoing fun that changes with each new visit to the app. But there are a couple of faux “paws.” The audio narration is often muffled (not the case with sound effects). And with mama and daddy animals visible on every other page, it’s a bit alarming to see the baby bear playing in the tub without a guardian in sight.
Still, these wide-eyed baby animals are worth saying hello to over and over again. (iPad informational app. 2-6)