Otto the Otter Narrated Children’s Book for iPad
By Michael Ham
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Otto has a strange problem for an otter – he’s scared of swimming! Teased for his fear, Otto is saddened but fortunately befriends Fergie, a frog who loves to help otters learn to swim. Not surprisingly, with a little encouragement Otto finds he’s a natural swimmer, and quickly puts his newfound skills to great use. Children everywhere will recognize facets of themselves in Otto, whether the pain from verbal cruelty, to the pangs of loneliness, to the comfort of good friends, to the joy of discovery of hidden talent. Following Otto’s journey will tug at your heart and leave you cheering for his success!
To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as this narrated children’s story is read. By combining the original text and artwork of the Otto the Otter print book (by Ian Mehr, illustrated by Erik Reichenbach) with features that promote reading, this narrated children’s book appeals to readers of all ages!
This children’s book app offers three ways to read Otto The Otter:
1. “Read to Me” – listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read
2. “Read it Myself” – just like the original kid’s book in its traditional form
3. “Auto Play” – Plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages; great for younger children!
BOOK REVIEWS (via Amazon.com)
★★★★★ - Otto the Otter: small in size, big of heart
“This is a great book...the power of the book comes from the storytelling and the pictures…You (cheer for) Otto on the second page and don't stop until he's splashing around.”
★★★★★- Fun pictures with lots of detail!
by Jodie (Three Rivers, MI)
“I especially liked the colorful pictures with so much detail, it was so fun looking at the pictures.”
★★★★★- Very pleased
by Susan M. (Kalamazoo, MI)
“I bought this book at the suggestion of a friend, and could not be happier with it. Beautifully illustrated and a wonderful lesson within a book that holds my child's attention.”
★★★★★- A story with heart and character
By S. Wirsig "a mom with a background in education" (Yardley, PA)
“I read this story to my 4 year old son. He loved it, and I loved the messages behind the story:
- work hard to overcome your fears
- don't let the laughter of others dampen your spirit to try
- good friends help each other
- your greatest fear could become your best accomplishment
The messages aren't hidden, they are clearly presented so the child *gets it* not just the adult reading the book. We loved the story!”
What's New in Version 1.0.1
Some interface tweaks to allow for a better user experience
Fixed some minor issues