Friday, 14 December 2012

Red Fox at Hickory Lane - Smithsonian's Backyard - Review

Red Fox at Hickory Lane

By Oceanhouse Media
Written by: Kathleen M. Hollenbeck
Illustrated by: Wendy Smith
Narrated by: Alexi Komisar

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Books
  • Released: Nov 14, 2012
  • Version: 1.09
  • Size: 15.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
  • © 2012 Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later


Description Mother and Father Fox teach their four cubs to hunt, escape danger, and survive on their own. Their skills are tested when a coyote appears in the distance. How will the baby cubs react?

Smithsonian's Backyard series features entertaining stories that answer many questions children have about the habits and habitats of the animals in our own backyards. Settle down on your sofa and open up this trip to nature just down the lane. 

New features only available in this interactive Oceanhouse Media book include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork with features that educate, entertain and promote reading, this Oceanhouse book appeals to readers of all ages. 
 Recommended Ages: 3 - 8  

Three ways to read this Oceanhouse Media book: 

"Read to Me"- listen to the narrated story which highlights the text as it is read 

"Read it Myself"- you read the book

"Auto Play"- the book plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages

 Additional Features: 

  • Picture / Word association  words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched 

  • Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped 

  • Professional audio narration 

  • Background music and sound effects 

  • Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original artwork 

    The American Library Association suggests three criteria for determining if non-fiction books are appropriate for students. The criteria are; 1) Are the books visually appealing? 2) Does the book provide accurate information? 3) Are they engagingly written? Red Fox at Hickory Lane meets all of these criteria. I think it is very appropriate for students with special needs. This book can be used to reinforce numerous literacy skills such as; concepts of print, vocabulary, comprehension, sequencing, and inferencing.
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