Come along on an exciting adventure to the west coast of Peru where the Humboldt Penguin family teachers Baby Penguin how to survive. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. As Penguin grows older, he must learn to swim by himself. Will Penguin be safe on his own?

Explore the Story:
- ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
- LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
- RECORD your own narration & share it with others
- SELECT a scene with easy-to-use navigation
- KEEP kids in the story with parental controls 

This title has been carefully reviewed by experts at the Smithsonian Institution.

Designed for children ages 3-8


The Reviews Are In:
- Editor's Choice Award - Children's Technology Review 2011
- Featured as "New and Noteworthy" by Apple - July 2011
- "As an omBook this title sparkles, giving enormous value over its print counterpart." - Digital Storytime


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What's New

Version 2.7.2

- optimized for full 64-bit performance
- bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Gorgeous Illustrations

What We Liked:

Our family cuddled up on the couch and enjoyed Penguin’s Family together in Read It Myself mode while I did the reading to our crew of little girls. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous on the backlit screen, and my girls, ranging from 3 – 8, were all glued to the story.

We tested out the Read To Me option together as well, and we found the male narrators voice to be warm, clear, and engaging. This title is a fairly simple read, making it a good choice as a science reader for around the late grade 2/early grade 3 reading level. The vocabulary is straight forward and the story helps young children learn facts about penguin life, reproduction, habitat, food, etc. all within the context of a living story.

One of our favorite (and most effective) ways of learning in our homeschool is by reading stories together. They really help to cement ideas in my children’s minds – if you want to learn about South American penguins, this book is a great choice for younger children, just the right amount of detail.

What We Didn’t Like:

This title is an earlier one from Oceanhouse Media, and it doesn’t offer quite the full interactivity that their full titles do. In the newer titles, each individual word can be tapped on to have it read, but that feature isn’t available in this title (yet). I hope it will be added in the future – it’s an awesome one for emerging readers. Also, there is some delicate background music that is included in both the Read To Me and Auto Play mode but isn’t included in Read it to Myself.

This is another excellent digital book from Oceanhouse Media – it meets the requirements for a living book for science, engaging children deeply with the day-to-day life of a young penguin.

Disclosure: I received a promo code of this app to review.


Another great book by the smithsonian!

Keep them coming. My family has all four so far!


Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
25.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 Oceanhouse Media, Inc.


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