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Dentist Bird: A West African Folktale

By Literary Safari Inc.

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Featured in School Library Journal, Children's Technology Review, Beanstack, Parent's Choice Award, this storytelling app with embedded gameplay brings alive an interactive folktale! Enter Liberia’s rainforest and help one clever bird cure a crocodile of his terrible toothache! With teacher and parent guides to read, play, and learn at home and in the classroom.

2015 Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner: "An enchanting traditional folk story, offering interactivity on nearly every screen..."
"The "Mission of Mercy" game ... offers fast-paced fun that will certainly keep children coming back for more."- School Library Journal
"A must-have app for teaching compassion, empathy, and diversity." - Teachers with Apps
"Noteworthy App" - Children's Technology Review
4.25 stars - Digital Storytime
"Unique for its cultural content, quality illustrations, support for emerging readers and additional learning content." - Beanstack
"Great content, beautifully illustrated" - Children's Technology Review
Featured App: George Mason Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity
" Strong suits of this app include a “Learning” page with additional interactive content to engage young readers on facts about Liberia and rainforest animals, as well as a “Grownups” folder with links to detailed lesson plans and printables." - School Library Journal

Dentist Bird is the first installment in Literary Safari’s series of interactive global folktales.
twitter: @dentistbird

::::: Read :::::
Tap and swipe to explore the sights and sounds of Liberia’s rainforest as you meet a Crocodile and his animal friends and help one clever bird make a very special medicine for Crocodile.

::::: Play :::::
Get achievements for helping Dentist Bird collect Crocodile’s medicine orbs and deliver them to him.

::::: Learn :::::
Match animal sounds and find Liberia on a world map.

::::: App Features :::::
• Original score by Dora the Explorer composer, Steve Sandberg
• Built-in mini-games that invite kids to unfold the story and help make a medicine for Crocodile
• Separate game inspired by folktale
• “Read to Me” with word highlighting to improve reading skills
• Resettable Achievements screen for Read and Play sections
• No ads or InApp purchase requirements
• Based on "How Plover Bird Came to Clean Crocodile’s Teeth: A West African Folktale," retold by Michael Richards and illustrated by David Wolobah• Fun geography and science learning activities
• Teacher’s Guide with reading, STEM, music, and civics classroom connections
• Printable graphic organizers and CCSS-alignment charts
• Parent’s Guide for reading and playing together at home


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Customer Reviews


What a GREAT app! Such a terrific story and the art is truly beautiful. I particularly like this app because my grandsons adore it and they learned so much from it. It opened a whole dialog about Symbiotic Relationships and we found out how other living forms help once another. Then we moved on and learned about Mutualism, Commensalism & Parasitism. And my 2 year-old grandson, well he just loves to make the croc’s eyes light up and making the monkeys flip and then he talks like them. And when he comes to the end, we play dentist taking turns being the croc and plover. Now we need to find out how to buy the book by this talented team. I hope we see many more apps and books from the author and artist.

Beautiful-from so many angles

It is such a treat to find a children's story that not only teaches children about West Africa and Liberia (instead of just locating the book in "Africa") but that integrates strategic reading through a tale retold. The text is carefully crafted for young readers, and the pictures are a beautiful story of their own, makingthe book/application enjoyable to all ages. As an educator I always appreciate children's stories that make the effort to locate children geographically, engage them in reading, and find learning moments all at once. I also applaude the artistic collaboration and seeing artwork from a Liberian artist. Fantastic!

Beautiful app

What a terrific app! I got it for my seven year old and she totally engaged with it. The illustrations are vivid and the sound effects unusual and clever. The while thing is filled with a deep sense of Liberian culture and a joyful appreciation for the natural world. All the details move the story along and engage the senses. At times I had some trouble figuring out how to "turn the page," but she loved the challenge. Highly recommended!

Dentist Bird: A West African Folktale
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Education
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 266 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 6–8

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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