Jul 29, 2011

Twinkle Twinkle App Review

Super Simple Learning today happily announces the release of Twinkle Twinkle, a beautiful new interactive picture book, music video, and counting activity all packaged into one great app. Available now as an iOS universal app on the iTunes store for $2.99, Twinkle Twinkle builds on the overwhelming response to Super Simple Learning's hugely popular Twinkle Twinkle Little Star YouTube video. With over 26 million views in just 10 months, the video has become an instant classic with parents, teachers, and children around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Twinkle Twinkle, the app, allows children to interact with the characters from the video they love so much. The interactive storybook tells the reassuring story of a friendship between a restless owl and a little star that watches over the forest. It's the perfect bedtime story, full of fun touch animations. Touch the screen to watch the owl's wing's flap and hear the owl hoot. See the star spin around. Help the owl and the star fly across the sky with a flick of your finger! 

Story features:
* "Read to me" option with clear, calm, easy-to-understand narration
* "Read myself" option so you can go at your own pace
* "Auto-play" option for automatic page turning and narration
* Fun touch animations on almost every page
* Wonderfully rich animation and illustration

The app also includes an enhanced version (higher definition and a some added animation touches) of the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star music video, so parents can take it with them on the go. Here's just one of the thousands of positive comments on the video: " Everything about it is simply sublime; the music, the singing and the animation. What a beautiful thing you have created."

Music video features:
* Enhanced version of the YouTube classic "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
* Choose the original child vocals, or the calming adult vocals of the story narrator.

There is also a very simple counting stars activity to help young learners practice counting to 20.

Counting activity features:
* Touch the stars to see them light up and spin around
* Count to 20 for a special surprise

The story and music are all provided by Super Simple Learning, creators of the award-winning Super Simple Songs CDs, and world class animation is provided by Texas-based Fuzz Animation. California-based See Here Studios brings it all together into one great mobile app. It's Twinkle Twinkle Little Star made simple for young learners. Perfect for ages 2 and up.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS or above, iPod touch 3G or above and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.1 or later
* Universal Application
* 150 MB

Pricing and Availability
Twinkle Twinkle 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Super Simple Learning

My Thoughts:
A good starter app for littler kids.  Twinkle Twinkle is one of my 3 year old's favorite songs to sing so he is in love with this app.  It's pretty simple.  There are three ways to 'read' the story, You can have it read to you page by page (you 'turn' the pages), you can read it yourself (so no audio from the app) or it will autoplay (reading and turning the pages without any action required from the user).  We like the page by page option as it allows my son to play with the animation on each page.  If you touch the characters on each page they will do something, for example wave.  There is also a video of the song which my son really enjoys watching...again and again.  And lastly is the counting option.  I'm not totally impressed with this as its just a screen of 20 stars that 'count' when you touch them.  I think this part could have been made a little more interesting or educational for slightly older kids but for little ones just starting to use a touch screen it is great practice.  Overall, I love the look of this app.  The characters are very sweet and my son reacts to the story EVERYTIME.  So it's definitelty a keeper for us.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of this app for review purposes. I was not compensated for a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own honest, personal feedback.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful app for little ones! I just love this!


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