Monday, 6 August 2012

Rowdy Raccoon and the Turtle Who Wanted to Fly Review and Give Away

Overall : Rowdy Raccoon and the Turtle Who Wanted to Fly is part of the Auracle collection of books from Auryn Inc. and is a must have for ages 4+.  It is  beautifully illustrated and the interactive features are incredible.  It is compatible  with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Rowdy Raccoon and the Turtle Who Wanted to Fly is based on the book of the same name by Donna C. Braymer and illustrated By Shachi Kale.

The story will grasp your attention from the very outset. Rowdy Raccoon is a determined little Raccoon who sets out to try and prove that all creatures can fly. We are introduced to his two friends Savannah Squirrel and Tommy Turtle. After Rowdy's balloon floats off into the sky he encounters a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher who arouses Rowdy's belief that all creatures should be able to fly.

Rowdy enlists the help of his friend Sammy to try and prove that they too can fly. What ensues is disaster for the friends . However we are shown that when friends work together and combine their own strengths and talents that obstacles can be overcome. The lesson that it is ok to be different to others is taught in a very subtle way in this storybook app.

The narration options in this app are excellent. The ability to write your own text for the story particularly appealed to me. It is not one I have personally used before. The voice over capabilities we see from time to time, but the added feature of changing the text on each individual page as well is a huge bonus. It allows the parent or caregiver to adapt the storyline to suit the language capabilities of each user. However if you change the written text make sure to add your own voice over as well to the new text.

Auryn Inc have also included a page menu which can be pulled up on each page making it easy for the user to select a specific page. Highlighted text is used extensively throughout the app. If the user touches various interactive features on the page such as the leaves, the word is spoken and the text flashes on the screen also.

Rowdy Raccoon and the Turtle Who Wanted to Fly is an app that everyone should have in their collection. My children loved the interactive features of the app and by the end of the story each of them set out to find out what their own unique talent is. It shows the reader that everyone has their own strength and talents. This is an important point that comes into play on a regular basis when dealing with our Special Needs children, particularly when we are trying to encourage them to see and use their own unique talents .  The app is just one of many in the great Auracle  collection from Auryn Inc.

If you would like to purchase the app now please do so by clicking on this link iTunes. The app is currently priced at $2.99 in the US iTunes store.

To find out more about the extensive app collection from Auryn Inc. visit their Facebook page or their website.


  1. I like Where Do Balloons Go?

  2. Our favorite App is Trixie and Jinx. My daughter is mesmerized by the great graphics on this app!

  3. My favorite is Inspector Peckit- the storyline is very sweet- I love the series of misunderstandings and the resolution at the end. The higher level of vocabulary is wonderful.

  4. Our favourite is Bunny Fun, head shoulders knees and's just so cute and it's even cuter watching small boy concentrating and copying bunny. He's getting a little old for it now so I will miss it when he's moved on.

  5. miko series---they are so cute!!!