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Books for Kids: Daniel and his toys

December 28, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A short bi-lingual story with comprehension activities embedded.

Daniel and his toys is an extremely short title at only 4 pages, but it is very interactive with lots of educational features. Readers can tap on the boy to get him to put away his toys, put apples in his dump lorry (truck) and ride his tricycle (nice modeling of wearing a helmet too). The stories in this series of "Books for Kids" are all bi-lingual, too, making them great learning tools for Spanish-English language activities.

The app is solidly made with both swipe and arrow page turning, highlighting with narration and tap-to-hear for any word in the text. The reading comprehension activities that follow the story are really the best part of this app, though. Questions that check for reader's attention to details within the story are tested as well as some word associations (these may be more difficult for children under five). The story mentions the color of Daniel's ball, truck (lorry) and car, all of which are included in the multiple choice questions at the end. For such a short story app, this is a very nice addition.

Overall, this is a sweet but very short title with a nice focus on bilingual education, reading comprehension and basic story sequencing. It is a fun title but not one that will occupy a child for very long. Recommended for specific learning objectives and classroom use or homeschooling.

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Books for Kids: Daniel and his toys

December 28, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Nicolasa Jerez/Colectivo Saltamontes


Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 5

English • Spanish •

Length (pages):
5 Pages


Story Synopsis - Books for Kids: Daniel and his toys

Daniel is a little boy with many toys. He has a ball, yellow dump lorry (truck), trike, car and teddy bear that he shares with readers before a series of reading comprehension questions.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Read to Me, Read Myself, Sound On/Off, Language (English/Spanish), Page Guide, Activities, Games

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Size: 27.87 MB

Version: 1.2.2

Lite Version Available: No



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