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Curious About Me

Curious About Me

Fall 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

Curious George's "Curious About Me" app is an opportunity for children to generate two different e-books starring Curious George and featuring the child's own artwork, photos, videos, and sound. In "A Day at the Zoo," children color in pictures of fish and butterflies, move around like animals, make funny faces for the camera, roar like a lion, and imagine a whole new animal. In "Curious About Me," children tell their age, take pictures of their house and family, add crazy hair and glasses to their own images, and share the things they like to do.

Parents may have concerns about privacy in a book that shares so much personal information. In every case, a drawing can substitute for a photo or video, and sounds can be skipped. None of the data is collected by the developers. Parents can also disable the ability to share videos, images, and the generated books outside the app; however, cautious parents may wish to delete the e-books after the child is finished playing with the app.

While children of a wide range of ages may enjoy creating the e-books, there are some performance problems with the app in its current version; it has occasional crashes on the iPad and one of the zoo images is routinely distorted in the final result. Navigation is not always intuitive and children may need minimal guidance to find all the screens for creating book elements. But generally speaking this is an appealing app; one could only wish for even more choices of books to create.

Emily Crawford   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
http://www.hmhco.com
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