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Barnyard Dance! - Boynton

Barnyard Dance! - Boynton

Fall 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 & Up
Contributions From: Mike Truong
Contributions From: Jon Spencer
Developer: Calvin Wang
Director: Sung Hong
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

Fans of Sandra Boynton's board books will not be disappointed by this app. Barnyard Dance is Loud Crow's latest digital version of a Boynton book. Their previous Boynton works have included Going to Bed Book and Moo Ba La La. The app features incredibly smart design and a smooth look and feel, right down to the sound effect of the turning page. Testers felt as if they were actually reading the original board book. The app is familiar, fun, and interactive, though it does not offer much in the way of educational value (beyond the reading and word recognition elements, of course). Still, it's a colorful, engaging, and creative way of "reading" for a three-year-old, and it is something a preschooler can easily peruse on his own comfortably and confidently without much assistance from an adult. Perhaps the strongest endorsement came from a child tester when he said, "Mom, can we get The Going to Bed Book app too?"

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Look for this product at:
Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Available on iTunes

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