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Great Snail Race, Kids Stories from Tilly's Numbertown

March 21, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Tilly Two in Number Town is part of a series of app books by Jane Hague that has recently been published in the app store. This Australian series is set in a town with many interesting characters - all numbered. For instance there is a nurse, Trixie Six and Policeman Ernie Eight. The main character of this story is Tilly Two, a little girl in Mrs. Smart's class. The setting is 'show & tell' plus a lesson on 'mini-beasts' (bugs and little animals). One of the children brings a snail for show & tell and Mrs. Smart decides the class should have an old fashioned snail race the next day.

Tilly's snail, a little guy named Toffee, gets the number two of course. All the children cheer the snails on as they make their way across a tiny track. In the end, several snails fail to move or leave for the grass, but Toffee manages to slowly cross the finish line first. Tilly gets a blue ribbon for her speedy snail.

The storybook is well made as a digital book, with easy (although a bit slow) page turning or the alternative of auto-play. The text highlights as it is narrated in a crisp Australian accent. There is also a nice read-it-myself mode. There are several small interactive sound effects to go along with the otherwise still images. The illustrations are comical and colorful in a way children will find engaging. The story is also about a fun, old-fashioned pastime, having a race with tiny creatures.

There are two small 'extras'. One is a map of Numbertown with all of the charming townsfolk numbered from 1-10. If you tap on any one of the people it takes you to their homes or workplaces on the map. You can also tap on the '123' on the home page to go to a page with the numbers 1-10. Tap on any one of the numbers to see a larger picture of the character associated with that number while hearing the number spoken aloud. If you tap on the character, a short audio of the character plays describing his role in the town.

My child enjoyed this story a lot, especially the pages about Tilly finding the snail and making a tub with holes in the lid for her new pet. The book is a bit long for bedtime, but otherwise a nice length for a child reading to themselves or listening on their own. It's a fun, wholesome tale.

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Great Snail Race, Kids Stories from Tilly's Numbertown

March 21, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Jane Hague/Ferdinand Tang

123 Number Fun Pty Ltd

Length (time):
18 - 22 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
50 Pages


Story Synopsis - Great Snail Race, Kids Stories from Tilly's Numbertown

It's show & tell day at the Number Town school. Each child brings different things - a spider, a teddy bear and then a snail from the garden. This gives Mrs. Smart the idea of having an old-fashioned snail race in class the next day. Everyone brings a snail to school. Tilly Two finds one in her garden and names him Toffee. All the snails are lined up on a small track on the playground. The race is a nail-biter, with each snail moving slowly. Several snails stop or leave the track, leaving just two at the end of the race. Toffee is the winner! Tilly gets a lovely silk rosette that says 1st place and is very proud of her snail.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, Autoplay, Text On/Off, Home Button

App Release Date:


Size: 16.9 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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