*Shortlisted for the Appys 2012 award for Best Educational/Kids App!*
"the app beautifully illustrates how a simple story, well presented, can be simply refreshing" --Kirkus Reviews

The very first Simply Small book app is here, and it’s completely adorable! Based on a story from the immensely popular, award-winning board book series by Paola Opal, Saffy Looks for Rain will captivate children ages one to four (and their parents too!) with its bright colors, bold graphics, interactive animations, and charming story.

It's a hot day and there isn't a cloud in the sky. Saffy, however, is determined to find rain. Her search ends when she finds something even better . . . a friend who helps her cool down.

If you or your little one can’t get enough of Saffy Looks for Rain, look for the next Simply Small app, Saffy, coming soon!

•Simple to use, and visually captivating!
•Designed with toddlers and young children in mind.
•Fun, cute animations on every page help emphasize the plot.
•Children can choose to get read the story by the app, read silently, or record themselves reading it aloud!
•Two additional games help your child’s fun with Saffy continue long after the story is over!

•“Read” automatically reads the story to you.
•“I Can Read” allows you to read the story silently, or record your own voice.
•“I Can Draw” is an in-app coloring book using pages from the story.
•“Game” is a simple puzzle game where children can piece together a page from the story.


"Saffy Looks For Rain is simply adorable. Saffy searches and searches for a sign of rain. She gets a big surprise when she finds that what you are looking for may not be what you need! The narration and graphics are terrific and the simplicity of the book just makes the app perfect. In addition to the story, there are coloring opportunities and a game center to keep your kids coming back. All of our educational apps teach some aspect of life and also include strengthening eye-hand coordination, observation skills, and much more! This one is a keeper!"
--Best Apps for Kids

"It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and there are also animations which catches our attention! My 3 years old boy had fun tapping the Ollie the elephant's trunk which then splashes water to Saffy the giraffe."
--I'm a Full-Time Mummy


Best books for Kids & Teens 2010 Chosen Title, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

"Saffy, an adorable baby giraffe, proves less is more in this sweet and simple board book, perfectly sized for little hands."
—Recommended Reads, City Scene Magazine

“Saffy Looks for Rain is a story to which many children can relate. Most preschoolers can identify with an impatient Saffy and to not wanting to wait for something to happen. The message about the value of making new friends adds a didactic element to the story. Like Opal's other board books, Saffy and Totty, Opal's illustrations are colourful and outlined in bold black lines. Saffy Looks for Rain is strong sequel to Saffy and is an asset to a library or home library for infants to preschool-age children.
—Books That Heal Kids

“Paola Opal's illustrations are done with sharp contrasting colours - ideal for even the youngest babies - and there is great potential for making this an expressive read-aloud - with plenty of sound effects: tweet tweet! flitter flutter! clippity clop!”
—We Heart Books


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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Simply adorable!


I'm already a Saffy fan, but I love having a portable Saffy story on my phone! The pictures and story are, as always, great. And even better, there's a fun puzzle game and a picture to colour too. This app is well worth having for any fan of Saffy's adventures.

Hooray for Saffy!

Fan fan 123

My four year old niece is already a big fan of the Saffy books. She was riveted by the puzzle game and coloring page in the app. Totally into it!

Super cute & fun


Anyone who likes Saffy will love this interactive Saffy app. The word highlights help the kids follow along and the animated pieces are playful and cute. My kids were excited to see their favorite characters in this new form. The coloring game and puzzle are a fun addition too. It is good on my phone but I bet it would be even better on an iPad.


Simply Read Books Inc.
38.5 MB
Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012 Simply Read Books Inc


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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