In all, Auracle/ Auryn, Inc. has released eight titles in Brigitte Weninger’s ‘Miko’ series, which feature a winning little critter whose adventures, though small, will be recognizable to young children. This is the second set of Miko titles reviewed in Touch and Go. Follow this link for information on and a review of the other books in the series. And don’t forget to visit Auryn’s Facebook page to find out the app they are giving away today.
Title(s): Miko Moves Out; Miko Wants a Dog; “Mom, Wake Up and Play!”; Where is Mimiki?
Author: Brigitte Weninger
Illustrated by: Stephanie Roehe
Developed by: Auracle/Auryn, Inc.
Platform: iOS, requires 4.3 or later
Version: 1.0.1; 1.0.2; 1.0.2; 1.0.2
Price: $0.99 ea.
PreS-K-Whether or not viewers are familiar with the print editions of the Weninger ‘Miko’ stories (Minedition, 2005 & 2006), the apps are sure to become favorites with them. The titles feature a small childlike mouse whose experiences and desires mirror those of the books’ audience: playing with a special friend, waiting for a parent, misplacing a favorite stuffed animal, or wanting a pet. Each Miko story presents a familiar scenario and a realistic outcome.
A child narrator reads each book in the “Read to Me” and “Auto Play” modes and her youthful voice adds to the sweetness of the tales. (Children can also choose to read the books on their own.) When objects on the screen are touched, the associated word pops up as it’s simultaneously spoken by the narrator. An icon at the bottom of the screen allows users to move between pages.
From the main menu, children can create their own versions of the stories by editing the text (adding dialogue or changing the names of the characters) and/or recording themselves narrating. While easy to operate, the youngest children may need some assistance working this appealing and popular feature.
A link on the main screen leads to the developer’s bookshelf and the App store. Once one app about this endearing animal is purchased, it may be hard to resist adding others to your bookshelf.—Karinn Figdore, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA