The Swamp Where Gator Hides is another beautifully illustrated release from Dawn Publications. Authored by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Roberta Baird, this app shines as a wonderful collaboration, both educationally and it is beautiful to look at. In our opinion, an instant children’s classic.
The readers learn about the swamp of the Florida Everglades and the many creatures living there. There is great interactivity once you find each animal’s hiding spot. Children will enjoy finding the alligator eyeing his prey on each page. The rich illustrations and overall green-blue color scheme set the mood for stillness and danger.
The building of the story using cumulative verse spins layers of rhyming text reinforcing the sequence in which we wade through this rich landscape and encounter each creature in the story.
At the end of the story, for a change of pace, there is a fun game of escaping the alligator before being caught in his jaws! But, you have to be fast! To round it all out, there are detailed notes at the end of the story about each animal. We also love the fact that the reader can decide whether the alligator’s prey escapes or ends up being lunch!
— Teachers with Apps (May 12, 2014)
Travel down to the swamp and learn about the different plants and animals within, all while waiting for the hiding gator to appear. Don’t let the calmness of the narration fool you – kids will still find the story exciting, especially at the end when they get to find out what the gator has for lunch.
— Best Apps For Kids – Stacy Zieger (May 22, 2014)
The Swamp Where Gator Hides– An Exciting and Informative Story App – TOP PICK
Welcome to the swamp. It may seem like a quiet, calm place, but beware- the gator is lurking just beneath the surface of the water, ready to strike. The Swamp Where Gator Hides is a well written story app for children ages 6-8, which describes life in the swamp and highlights the abundance of animals living there. Its unique style and solid design elevate it to the level of a Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps.
— Fun Educational Apps May 26, 2014)
Children get awfully bored of the same stories read to them so why not spice up their routine with a fun new option. The Swamp Where Gator Hides app is a fun little book that follows the life of gators as they go about their daily life and hunt for food. This app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and is an interactive adventure like no other that your child has embarked on. This book manages to mix an engaging and entertaining story with some rather impressive features.
With this book kids will get an up close and personal look at the life in swamps. It’s funny because swamps are often very still and dull-looking but it’s crazy just how much life is lurking below the surface, along the water’s edge, and even on the water. The app is rated ages four and up but because of the content it’s better suited for kids ages six to eight. Kids will not just learn about life in the swamp but also about these animals and how they live their lives. It’s an educational book tied up in a fun package.
With this app the question is where to start? There are plenty of features to add to the intriguing and engaging content. When you launch the app kids get to choose between two different modes – Read to Myself or Read to Me. They may start off using one mode and move to the other as they become more familiar with the content. The book features games, interactive features (kids can actually touch the animals to see them react in realistic ways), and of course gain a much deeper understanding of the swamp creatures.
I completely agree with the user on this one regarding the fabulous images, as they most definitely add to the story and overall experience in a big way. One minor issue is that sometimes the pages feel unresponsive and you need to tap them a few times before they turn.
The Swamp Where Gator Hides app is a fun look at the creatures who live in swamps and can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone.
— App Picker (May 15, 2014)