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Elly Book 5

May 10, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Elly the Reindeer is a cute cartoon-style reindeer. She has adventures with her animal friends in a sweet rural setting where all the child-like characters live in their own homes and look to each other for help, fun and solving the occasional dilemma. In this story Elly goes to the seaside with her friends.

She rides with her friends to the beach, singing all the way. They play in the ocean, build sandcastles and explore the tide pools. Elly even finds a large shell as a souvenir. When it's time to go, the group heads home having had a fun, full day. At bedtime, Elly thinks of all the wonderful adventures she's had that day, putting the sea shell against her ear to hear the sound of the waves.

This cute series of books has become a fast favorite of my preschooler at bedtime. There is no narration, but it is planned for a future update. They are short & sweet, perfect for bedtime. With features like simple swipe-style page turning and an easy to read font, they are also a good choice for children learning to read. 

All of the Elly books are enhanced with just a tiny bit of interactivity, featuring a single sound on about half the pages. This sound effect is tied to the text on the page, like wind blowing or a bicycle bell. It is triggered by tapping in a small circled image that corresponds with the sound. It is a nice little extra, but nothing to distract too much from the story or overstimulate a child at bedtime.

Like the other Elly books, this title features the same child-like animal friends that demonstrate positive pro-social behavior toward each other. It is perfect for reading to young children at any time of day. It would nice to see narration added to these titles, but even without, they are delightful and engaging for young readers and listeners.

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Elly Book 5

May 10, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Jon Higham

Dipali Vaidya

Length (time):
3 - 5 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
14 Pages


Story Synopsis - Elly Book 5

In this ebook, the fifth of the Elly the Reindeer books, Elly goes to the seaside. She packs her things for the beach and rides along with her friends in Aapo's new convertible. They decide to sing on the drive. When they get to beach they change into swimsuits and head into the chilly ocean. They enjoy the waves and play with a beach ball. But then Harry's paw is pinched by a crab. So they decide to build a sandcastle instead. Elly finds a big sea shell and puts it to her ear to hear the sea. Then the group explores the rock pools, finding a starfish. When it's time to go home they pack up. They see Owl on the drive back, hooting "Good night!" Elly had such a wonderful day that when she crawls into bed that night she feels nostalgic, listening to her sea shell for the sound of the ocean.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal



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Size: 14.3 MB

Version: 3.0

Lite Version Available: No



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