Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

PopOut! The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

PopOut! The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

Fall 2011 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 & Up
Contributions From: Calvin Wang
Contributions From: Ryan Senger
Contributions From: Sung Hong
Contributions From: Mike Truong
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

Another Beatrix Potter book springs to life thanks to Loud Crow. The magic of Potter’s stories and illustrations translates well to this screen adaptation. Hear the squirrels squeak and chew as they run around their forest home nibbling leaves.

The read aloud feature in this app is very well-executed. Not only is the light British accent of the narrator easy to understand, readers can follow its path as each word is highlighted in green when read.

Aside from technical success, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, "A tale about a tail", offers a gentle lesson of self-control and hardwork. It is delivered with Potter’s delightful wordplay delivered by Nutkin as he teases Old Mr. Brown, the owl: "Hum-a-bum! buzz! buzz! Hum-a-bum buzz!". Parents will not be surprised to see Nutkin learn a lesson after playing and taunting all day while his squirrel cousins work hard and offer respect to Old Mr. Brown. Young readers, meanwhile, will be happy to re-read this one.

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Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

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