????? Fun app 🙂
Fun, interactive, and educational. As a science teacher I love the information presented in an engaging way. As a mother of young children I’m thrilled to have an app my little nature nuts can interact with independently. And although the story is buggy the app is not…. It runs smoothly, no crashes, and is intuitive to use. I would definitely recommend downloading this app for home or school use.
— iTunes Review – UrbSciMom (March 2013)
We used this app with our kids and they were cracking themselves up making the noises back at the phone! You can have the book read to you or read it yourself and when you touch the noisy bugs, they move. The pics are bright and beautiful. At the end there is a section of non-fiction that includes the frequency waves of the different bugs. The kids can see the waves moves across the screen. The boys thought that was “so awesome.” Fun, useful, educational app.
— iTunes Review – Erin Schade (March 2013)
Fun for kiddos and educational, too. Like all Dawn Pub pas– learning if fun!
— iTunes Review -writerNH (March 2013)
Reviews for the book:
From School Library Journal: “A still summer evening isn’t always quiet for those who listen carefully. They might hear and identify some noisy bugs using this simple primer. Himmelman devotes a spread to each insect and its distinctive sound. Though the text is simple, with just one line per page, the author packs in the information. He includes the complete name of the bug and an easy-to-replicate phonetic description of the sound. Readers will also learn about how the noisy creature adapts to its environment. For example, a Dog-Day Cicada buzzes high in a tree, not near the ground. The textual information is set off by larger-than-life illustrations. The colors are saturated but still realistic. There are enough details in the pictures to serve as a beginning identification guide. Additional details about all of the bugs is appended. Nature activities are included. This book will be well-used on trips to the woods and in backyards throughout the summer, wherever noisy bugs can be found.”
From Washington Parent: “This playful introduction to six-legged critters is perfectly tuned to a tot’s love of sound and color. Youngsters can squeaka-squeaka like a tiger moth, buzzzzzz like a bumble bee, and tick-tick-tick zeezeezee like a bush katydid. Each double-page spread reveals the insect in its natural habitat, and both are rendered with scientific accuracy in bright, though realistic, colors. (No crickets in top hats or neon green foliage.) Readers get a sense of scale, too, by seeing a bug beside, for example, a blueberry that appears to be the size of an orange. Through text, pictures, and informative backmatter, John Himmelman shines an appreciative spotlight on our native creepy-crawlies and encourages children to attend to the wild chorus around them.”