Sunday, July 27, 2014

Silver Dolphin Books App and Book Review and Giveaway! 8/10

Summer is here and its time to learn some tips and tricks to help get your kids into reading!

Taking turns to read aloud with your child; offering incentives such as staying up past bedtime – providing that time is spent reading; and playing word games in the car are some great ideas!  Another idea is the importance that book series can play – for many new readers, finding books that pique their interest can be the beginning of a lifelong love of reading!!

Ever since I was a child,I have loved to read. When my children were little we read together all the time,and now I have grandchildren that I can share books with! I like to keep books here to read when they visit. There is nothing like sitting down and reading together~I love the looks and how they really pay attention.

Then when they get older and read the book to me,it just melts my heart. 

We were sent the Pretend and Play: On the Farm Book

Grab your pitchfork and overalls and join Farmer Jack on a tour around the farm. From the smallest field mouse hiding in the hayloft to the tall brown horse peeking over his stall door, every animal has something to say. This interactive adventure includes illustrated puzzle pieces of farm animals that children can fit into each scene or play with as they read along. There is also a counting question in every scene--can you spot three butterflies flying among the cows? The reward at the end of the book is a pop-up barn complete with animals enjoying a sunny day. 

These books are so fun~and each page has something for the kids to do.  The puzzle pieces fit into each scene and are just the right size for chubby little hands. I love that even my 2 year old grandson knows all of the animal sounds,as soon as he saw them he was saying Oink! Meow! Neigh! Moo!
It is a book that is very sturdy too,it has the board pages and a handle to carry the book with them everywhere!

Silver Dolphin Books has a few fun ideas for you with the launch of six new interactive apps based on their popular Totally Monster and Pretend & Play book series, created in partnership with Skyreader Media Inc.  The new immersive and interactive e-books for the Apple® iPad®, for ages 5 and under, provide next generation storytelling featuring bright bold colors, fun animations, and great audio!


Far from frightening, the adorable monsters of the Totally Monster app series introduce young readers to a variety of everyday situations, utilizing the bold and imaginative illustrations of former Disney animator Sue DiCicco.

In Totally Monster: Best Friends, the two little monsters reinforce the message of what it means to be, and have, a best friend and how best friends stick together through anything. Children will learn how great it is to have a best friend to the end through the monsters’ high jinx and fun adventures.

In Totally Monster: Feelings, children learn that monsters can be blue and have good and bad days, just like us. Young children can learn to identify and express their feelings and emotions along with the monsters in this imaginative book.
And in Totally Monster: Manners, children learn that it’s important for everyone, even monsters, to have good manners. Children will enjoy the antics of the monsters as they learn how to be polite, help out, and make friends, and how much more fun it can be when we all play together.
The Pretend and Play series includes:

Pretend and Play: Toolbox, where youngsters help to build a new birdhouse for Birdy. By selecting the correct tools—a saw, hammer, screwdriver, or pliers—to complete the on-screen images, app users learn the different jobs that each tool performs as well as how each job is important to completing the project. The end result, a stunning 3-D birdhouse, is reward for a job well done in addition to the personal satisfaction of completing the project!

Pretend and Play: Firefighter, a captivating introduction to the heroic tasks that firefighters perform.  Children assist the app’s firefighter in saving the day by choosing the correct element for putting out a kitchen fire, saving pets from a burning home, and removing a fallen tree. The app imparts elementary fire safety in addition to an understanding of some of the many elements used by real-life firefighters. Upon completion of the challenge, children are rewarded with the creation of their own 3-D fire truck.

Pretend and Play: On the Farm, where children are transported to Farmer Jack’s farm for a tour that includes a variety of adorable farm animals. From the smallest field mouse hiding in the barn’s hayloft to the tall brown horse peeking over his stall door, every animal has something to say. Children learn about animals as they select the correct animal to complete the image and also engage in small counting games—such as how many butterflies can they see among the cows—helping to build numeracy skills.  A 3-D barn is revealed at the end of the adventure.

Each of the six titles listed above are available as hard-back books too! 

And in the Pretend and Play series, each book comes with four fun shaped puzzle pieces to play with and fit into the scene.  Each title features a fun pop-up at the end, just like the one shown here, and with a bMonsteruilt-in handle, this kit is handy for grab-and-go fun.

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{I was sent the On The Farm Book and App Code to review. No monies were offered or accepted. All above opinions are my own.}


  1. Stacey Roberson - staceyroberson4 at gmail dot com

  2. I would also love the 3-D Explorer: Dinosaurs and Fun Facts Puzzle: Under the Sea for my little guy.