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It's a Small World

It's a Small World

Spring 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 8 yrs.
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

The first time I looked at this app, I instantly thought of a toy I had when I was little that I swear played the "It's a Small World" song (at least it does in my memory). It was a little white plastic "television" that I wound up and the image inside would move across the "screen" in a loop. This app from Disney has that same exact feel to it. Upon opening the app, the entire screen is filled with color and "It's a Small World" begins playing while children from all over the world "decorate" the title. When you click the start button, a little hot air balloon filled with children floats across the screen and a child says "Away we go!". As it floats away, the screen is taken over by scenes of children around the world. If you don't touch the screen, the animated images move across the screen, just like my old television toy, from left to right. Unlike that toy, this little world is truly interactive. If the child touches one of the children on the screen, the child responds with a giggle, a kiss or a wave. In each sequence, a child speaks the words to the song as they scroll along the bottom of the screen. For instance, when "it's a world of laughter" is spoken, a Paris-like scene scrolls into view. We see a little ballerina dancing, and a little boy in a beret watching, then windmills and little Dutch children with wooden shoes pass by. "A world of tears" shows London with a little royal guard watching while rain pours down on children with umbrellas. "A world of fears" shows a scary looking cave with children at its entrance. When a child touches the screen, the app reveals that the cave is simply full of friendly elephants, raccoons and other animals from around the world. Although my daughter is only one, we have fun looking at the different children from around the world and touching the screen to see what they do. My boys, who are older, wished that there had been more activities within the app. As a parent, I love the app. The graphics are beautiful and engaging, and I think my daughter will really love it when she's older. It has the potential to spark questions about what children do in different parts of the world, as many countries on different continents are represented.

Melissa Strunc   ©2012 Parents' Choice

Look for this product at:
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
Available on iTunes

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