Noisy Frog Sing-Along, by Dawn Publications, is based on John Himmelman’s wonderful book, and is both a visual and auditory feast for little nature lovers. Did you know that only the male frogs sing….or that frogs sing without ever opening their mouths? Every page is not only aligned with facts about many different frogs, but also contain illustrations that spring to life with 3D effects. This book takes advantage of every aspect of the iPad’s display features.
The book covers a dozen different frogs and a relative – the salamander and beautifully renders them in their natural environments. After learning about the different frogs, there is a more extensive learning page with that frog’s habitat, descriptive factors, and a visual clip of their sound wave graph.
Text is highlighted as read on the opening picture book pages, to help beginning readers find their place. Having the more extensive pages after the beginning portion can help you tailor the book to little ones and older kids by selecting the pages in which you want to focus.
The part that separates this app from the rest of the nature book pack (outside of its stellar content and graphics) is the applicability of the game at the end of the book where you match the sound wave graph to the corresponding frog. As each frog has been paired with both an illustration and sound earlier, it is a perfect medium for working on auditory processing and retention of information. Let’s face it though, belting out frog sounds in class is a great way to find your voice and it is just plain fun too. Playing frog charades, hopping about and crooning like a frog on a starry night are all natural extensions of play. Noisy Frog Sing-Along will quickly become a favorite in my app toolbox without a doubt.
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.