Written by Julie Hedlund, illustrated by Pamela Baron
Published by Little Bahalia Publishing
Themes: Animals, collective nouns, nonfiction
Platform: iPad (including mini)
Release Date: February 17th, 2013
Current Price until Feb 28th: $1.99
Synopsis: A slew of animals are presented with their collective nouns and in their natural habitats with movements and sound effects fitting for each species and ecosystem!
- Vibrantly illustrated and animated
- Every page has appropriate animal animation and noises
- A lyrical narrated option
- Originally composed music by Tim McCanna
- Great vocabulary building
- Reading Strategies section
- Curriculum information
Why I like this app: The text is suitable for preschoolers through to older elementary children (though it is recommended for grades 2-5), and even adults. With my love of unusual flora and fauna, I am embarrassed to say how many of these collective nouns I did not know. We had 3 Hippopotami in the river at the bottom of the garden where I lived in Malawi, and I had no idea that I should be referring to Hilda, Humphrey and Charlie as a “bloat”, did you? The sound effects evoke instantly the habitat and animal represented; I could almost feel the wind swirling around the camels in the desert scene.
This is a visually appealing, humorous, entertaining and educational app with excellent additional resources making this as suitable for classroom use as well as fun reading time at home or on a journey!
I appreciate the conclusion exhorting us to care for our environment and Tim McCanna has set the text to his very catchy tune! You’ll be singing along before you know it.
My only wish is that Apple could integrate the sense of smell for all those stinky foul fumes given off by the surfeit os skunks!