My daughter is completely consumed by iPad apps, and I’m sure yours are too. While the iPad is more of a distraction for me, it is an excellent educational tool for my daughter. When friends and family asked for gift ideas this Holiday season for my 4, almost 5, year old, I told them all “iTunes gift cards”. She loves the games and books, and that makes me happy. Every time she sits down with the tablet, I am content knowing she is learning. Since my daughter is now focused of reading and writing, book apps are always on my radar. A new adorable book my daughter is clicking these days is Duck in New York City.
The app, A Duck in New York City, is based on the critically acclaimed Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning Storybook-Music CD by author-singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor, and illustrated by Fil & Julie. I was intrigued by the title and couldn’t wait to let my daughter have at it. Turns out the story is just as cute as I thought. Through the tale you follow a little duck from the prairie to the big city, all because this tiny duck has big dreams. The journey is a heart-warming one that bases around this little duck with a lot of gumption. With help from trucker Big Betty, this duck makes it all the way to Broadway. It has great underlying morals/values of faith in yourself and pursuing your goals (no matter what anyone else says).
Book apps are wonderful for kids whether they want to read or be read to. While the narration is going, your child can follow along by reading the subtitles as they underline. I use these as additional tools for helping my daughter continue learning to read. She enjoys the smartly designed illustrations that keep her entertained and enthralled. The music is also adorable and totally fits in with the story. The kicker for my singing-obsessed daughter is the sing option! She spent a good amount of time memorizing the song so she could sing along (with highlighted words to help). Purchase this app for just $3.99 in the iTunes store. Published by The Secret Mountain.