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Ranger Rick's Tree House

Ranger Rick's Tree House

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
Download Price: $4.99
Platform: iPad

Ranger Rick's Tree House is a wonderful digital magazine designed specifically for the iPad screen. That means each photo editorial comes with embedded fun facts to tap and study, and that the games section is filled with three fully playable apps within the app. Videos, quizzes, jokes, and other hidden surprises are part of the fun, too. With intuitive interactive touches available throughout the app, this magazine is hardly just a recreation of the paper edition.

Rather than presenting kids with a standard table of contents, Tree House displays its content as part of an actual tree house scene. In the backyard of the tree house, kids can tap different animals and plants to learn more about them, or use the logbook to keep track of how much time they've spent outside. Games are chosen from an attic scene that looks like an arcade, and videos play in an interface that looks like a decked out home theater. Articles and photo editorials look like books spread out on a table. Each one mixes fun facts and insightful lessons with rich photography that looks better than ever on the iPad's screen.

Chockfull of features and bonus updates, Ranger Rick Tree House will be a welcome addition to any animal lover's iPad. Parents should note, however, that while downloading the app is free, each issue costs $4.99.

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Look for this product at:
National Wildlife Federation
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