Bizzy Bear on the Farm is a charming new universal interactive storybook by Nosy Crow.
Two modes are included, each interactive, one with included narration and one meant to be read on one’s own.
My son has really taken to this delightful story about Bizzy Bear, a cuddly and relatable bear who is looking to be very helpful as he visits a farm, asking players for help as he partakes in such chores as feeding the pigs, helping sheep back into their pen or collecting eggs from hen houses.
Each page has a main interaction or two that is nicely explained by the narration or text found at the top of the page. Do tap Bizzy Bear to hear the multiple lines of dialogue offered as well as the other objects and characters found throughout these pages, and experiment with dragging Bizzy Bear around with a tap and drag for fun.
In looking at the comments left on iTunes, I have noticed that others do not feel that this app is as intuitive as the other apps developed by Nosy Crow – specifically The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella.
I have not found this to be the case for my son who has had no issues with the use of this application. It is true that without an autoplay section, the pages do not turn automatically, allowing children to play out these interactions fully before turning the page – an aspect that never tripped up my son as he happily explored these pages for all that they offer. They nicely include the use of the blue dots found also within their previous apps that mark characters that have something to say when tapped. When my son is finished with these pages, he simply taps the blue arrow found at the bottom right corner twice to turn the page.
The narrative for this book is not as involved as the classic story applications that Nosy Crow is known for, but works well for telling this simple story that young children will enjoy. Not being as intricate as the other apps, this simple story lends itself well to the open-ended and exploratory nature that this app offers, as my son fed, fed and over-fed these pigs until he felt satisfied enough to move on, not having to worry too much about remembering a specific plot underway.
I did, however, find that riding the horse was not easy to manipulate, as players need to figure out that one swipes behind the horse as if he is propelling him vs. dragging him where one may want him to go. An arrow demonstrating this in the future would be helpful.
After some practice, I could move this horse back and forth, turning directions, slowing down and speeding up but was not able to stop or slow down long enough to tap the bunnies found in the background of this page, which are highlighted with blue dots and looking for a tap – a disappointment for us in this otherwise very enjoyable application.
Fans of Nosy Crow will also notice that the style of illustrations found within this app is different from the previous digital tales. I enjoy the bright and bold color choices as well as Bizzy himself and all the other animals that kids will love. To me, these illustrations include nuances of Richard Scarry’s Busy Town characters which I appreciate, while maintaining a look all their own.
My son has really enjoyed Bizzy’s trip to the farm and has asked me if there will be more Bizzy apps soon – high praise from a kid with an abundance of applications to choose from. This is not a lengthy story but just right for toddlers and preschoolers, although longer stories in the future would be nice too.
Seeing how my son really enjoys Bizzy Bear, a bear who is thoughtful and kind to animals, I will be looking for some published books from this series also from Nosy Crow.
I am impressed that Nosy Crow is an independent publisher/developer of both printed books and applications. I hope to see more of their work in the future.
Bizzy Bear on the Farm
Developer: Nosy Crow
Released: 2011-12-14 00:00:00
Description from the Developer2012 Editor's Choice Award - Children's Technology Review
Meet Bizzy Bear, a very busy little bear!
Based on the popular Bizzy Bear board book series, this app offers an original story and lets toddlers help Bizzy with his chores as they explore everything there is to see and do on the farm.
With charming illustrations by Benji Davies, exciting animation and original music, there's lots for you to do!
Read the story and get involved:
★ Help Bizzy Bear pick apples and gather eggs.
★ Feed the pigs and chicks.
★ Make the horse gallop or trot down the quiet country road.
★ Drive the tractor over rolling hills.
★ Children can play in each scene, follow directions and help with chores on the farm.
Designed for children ages 2 to 4 to read together with their parents.
From Nosy Crow, the creators of award-winning apps:
- KAPi award 2012, Best Children's Ebook
- iLounge, Best Children's App
- FutureBook, Best Children's App 2011
The Three Little Pigs
- Editor's Choice Award 2011, Children's Technology Review
- 5 Stars, Common Sense Media
- Kirkus starred review
Especially for toddlers:
✓ Two reading modes: Read and Play or Read by Myself (no narration)
✓ Characters offer hints about what to do on each page.
✓ Hundreds of farmyard animal sounds included.
✓ Tap the characters to trigger additional dialogue.
✓ Easy to use. Designed with toddlers’ fine motor skills in mind.
✓ Parents can choose how long text appears so beginning readers have enough time to read by themselves.
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Recommended Ages: 1-3
Categories: Book, Classics, Reading, Sight Words