App Review: 'How Rocket Learned to Read'

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Rated ON for Ages 4 and Up

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "How Rocket Learned to Read" by Tad Hills is an adorable picture book about the joys of learning to read. It is also a very nice learn-to-read app in itself. In addition to the story, the app offers a pair of educational mini-games. There are also multiple points during the story that kids can tap interactive spots that allow them learn words and letters. There's even a place (an open field of snow) for them to practice writing.

The good stuff

  • Ease of play: One of the mini-games -- which requires kids to tilt the iPad back and forth in order to slide Rocket across the bottom of the screen and catch falling letters -- requires a bit more precision than many preschoolers have. But outside of that, the app is incredibly easy to use.
  • Educational value: Kids can read along with the story -- words are highlighted as they are spoken by the narrator. The story itself is also educational, as it is about learning to read. The mini-games included are reading-based educational games, and there are multiple places within the story that allow kids to review letter sounds and word beginnings.
What to watch out for

  • Violence: Not an issue.
  • Sex: Not an issue.
  • Language: Not an issue.
  • Consumerism: Not an issue.
  • Drinking, drugs, & smoking: Not an issue.
This review was written by Christopher Healy.

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