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Children are fascinated to learn about animals. Our oldest grandson loves listening to the doves that we have around our yard when they coo. I enjoy driving down the road with our second oldest grandson and pointing out the animals as we go along.
So it’s only natural that children would enjoy the app Grolly’s Animal Adventure.
In this interactive storybook app, Emma is a little girl who has a toy monster named Grolly. As she is sleeping, Grolly gets stolen. She enters a dream world in a journey to rescue him – a journey that takes her through Africa, or Asia, or the North Pole.
Your grandchild can tap on the animals that Emma sees: tapirs, tigers, monkeys, reindeer, polar bears. It’s fun to tap on the animals and hear them and see what action they will do. She can also learn about the animals’ habitats, behavior, and diet.
The illustrations and graphics in this app are remarkably well done. And the colors – so vivid and bright. I love them! My hat goes off to their artists.
Now, I tend to be on the cheap side of things. (Cheap is good, isn’t it?) There is a free version of this app. That’s what I currently have. While the free version of this is nice, you don’t get the whole enchilada.
Each chapter (Africa and North Pole) is $3.99. It’s a bit pricey if you ask me. So I recommend that you get the free version first before you decide to sink any money into this app. Let your grandchildren play with it for a while before you decide whether or not you want to buy it.
On the other hand, I look at it this way. Many children’s hardback books cost $15 or more. This app is definitely cheaper than a hardback book. The artwork is just as fabulous as something you’d get in a hardback. The colors are just as brilliant.
But, there are some things that make this app nicer than a hardback book. There isn’t a paper cover to obsess over to try and keep in pristine condition. (Can you tell how I obsess over the paper covers on my books??)
There aren’t any pages to get ripped.
Grandchildren can’t scribble on the pages with crayons.
The colors won’t fade over time and the app won’t get ragged and worn.
And best of all, it never tires regardless of how many times a grandchild taps on an animation or an explanation in the encyclopedia. The app will patiently read the story over and over and over to your grandchild.
There is also a version for the iPhone and iPod Touch. However, their screens are much smaller than an iPad. I personally would only get it for the iPad. (FYI, the iPhone/iTouch app is only $1.99.)
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. You can buy this app in the iTunes Store.