In classic Curious George form, a visit to the fire station includes a little havoc and a lot of humor and is here paired with a reading method developed through McGill University to nurture emergent literacy.
Designed to be read with an adult (although professional narration is an option), the app includes extensive reading tips for parents with lots of recommendations to foster comprehension and language skills. Prompting tips throughout keep the conversation going and cue readers to animations such as fire trucks with sirens, barking fire dogs and a juggling George, each one strategically placed to increase learning. Words and objects are animated simultaneously when tapped, and parents are prompted to discuss each scene. Children can even explore storytelling themselves in the enjoyable theater section, where they can record and narrate their own fully animated scenes. The settings offer options for English, French or Spanish, three levels of difficulty and recording options. Conversation avatars for adult and child can also be personalized.
Three different reading levels and many creative ideas give tremendous added value to an entertaining outing with a favorite friend. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)