Auryn/Auracle, the developers of Brigitte Weninger’s “Miko” stories, is celebrating National Reading Month by offering a free app each day during March. Visit their Facebook page to find out today’s gift.
Title(s): Double Birthday!; It Was Me, Mom!; Miko Goes on Vacation; No Bath! No Way!
Author: Brigette Weninger
Illustrated by: Stephanie Roehe
Published by: Minedition
Developed by: Auracle/Auryn, Inc.
Platform: iOS, requires 4.3 or later
Version(s): 1.0.0; 1.0.2; 1.0.2; 1.0.1
PreS-Resourceful and oh-so-charming Miko the mouse, and his faithful friend Mimiki, a stuffed animal, star in four tales. In Double Birthday! (2005), Miko receives a number of presents and finds a way to share them with Mimiki, while a game of ball in the house and a broken vase lead to a confession—of sorts—in It Was Me, Mom! (2005). When Miko Goes On Vacation (2006), he makes sure Mimiki is safe before venturing off to enjoy the beach. And after another wonderful day outdoors, the youngster worries that he will wash away all the traces of fun he had in No Bath! No Way! (2005, all Minedition). The stories are true to the original books and feature situations and sentiments familiar to young children.
The viewing/listening options are the standard “Read To Me,” “Read Myself,” and “Auto Play.” Children can also choose to narrate and personalize the stories. (Reverting to the original text requires a tap to the screen.) In all modes, the names of objects are labeled and voiced when they are touched. Movement through the book is achieved by a swipe to the screen or a tap on the mouse icon at the bottom of the page.
Straightforward texts, colorful illustrations, and unhurried narrations that capture the earnest and playful spirit of the youthful protagonist characterize these endearing stories.—Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, MN