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Elly Book 13 - the garden

April 4, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Elly introduces readers and her friends to gardening ...

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 (by themselves) and look to each other for help, fun and solving the occasional dilemma. In this story, Elly is growing a garden and gathers her friends to help her. They weed, mow and plant new seeds. Elly's garden grows and her friends help pick the vegetables. She makes soup and a delicious cake to share.

This cute series of books is wonderful for preschoolers and they all make sweet bedtime books. They are simple enough for learner readers to read to themselves. This book series also has a very small interactive element, featuring a few sound effects on each page. These sound effects are usually tied to the text on the page, like the click of a flashlight turning on. Most pages also have a small circle image that corresponds with a sound effect and simple, but polished animation. It is a nice little extra, but nothing to distract too much from the story or overstimulate a child at bedtime. 

Overall, this is a cute book in a series featuring child-like animal friends that exemplify positive pro-social behavior toward each other. The Elly books are delightful and engaging for young readers and listeners. Interactivity and animation in these books is well suited to young children, relevant to the narrative and thoughtfully produced. Enjoy the cute adventures of Elly & her friends, with beautiful narration recently added to all the older titles.

 Highly Recommended.

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Elly Book 13 - the garden

April 4, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Jon Higham/Rose Higham (narration)

Dipali Vaidya

Length (time):
4 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 6

English •

Length (pages):
16 Pages


Story Synopsis - Elly Book 13 - the garden

Elly the Reindeer and friends return in her 13th adventure – the garden! It’s Spring and Elly decides that she needs to tidy up her very overgrown garden so she asks her friends to come round and help her out. Harry, Fin, Aapo and Owl soon arrive with gardening tools and seeds to plant. This latest Elly app both entertains and educates the very young with a garden and planting themed adventure. In addition to introducing children to everyday vegetables, this app also contains a simple interactive game to help word and vegetable recognition. [Source: iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, Home, Links (under parental gate): AppStore

App Release Date:


Size: 17.65 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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