I have not come across many apps for Mother’s Day, but I did want to let readers know about Just Me and My Mom - Little Critter, based on the title of the same, now a lovely adaptation by Oceanhouse Media based on the book of the same name.
This is a delightful story of Little Critter, a small anthropomorphized boy-like creature who goes on a trip to the city with his mom.
Both parents as well as children can relate to this charming story, as Mom and Little Critter take a train and visit a museum in a big city.
Adults will appreciate how this story, as well as the other Little Critter titles, each written from Little Critter’s point of view and now include excellent optional child-read narration.
Here, it is obvious that there is more to the story being told by this lovable character who causes lots of trouble along the way on his big city adventure, such as Little Critter loses the train tickets, touches a dinosaur egg much to the displeasure of the guard at the museum, and is not thrilled with clothing shopping - all moments in the life of Little Critter that all moms can relate to.
Do note the expressive facial expressions seen on the various adults in this wonderfully illustrated story as Little Critter causes a commotion in many different scenarios, each of which I would not put past my own son, especially when he was a younger boy.
I also appreciate being able to see the drawings by author Mercer Mayer up close as these illustrations are panned and zoomed in on to draw the eye - a nice touch as there is a lot to see in these fun and busy city scenes.
Little Critter apps are great for new readers, and the stories tend to be short, with a few words on a page that go far in terms of storytelling.
Even when reading this book to oneself, one can tap on a word or even paragraph to hear it read out loud - a nice aid for children who may still need help with certain words.
This book can be listened to with or without Auto Play and also read by oneself. One can also choose to record one’s own narration as well as share this recording with others who also have this same app.
Very nice sound effects can be heard such as train sounds and ambient city sounds. Also note the ability to tap objects and characters around the page to see and hear these items labeled with text as well as spoken narration - elements that can now be turned off if one wishes.
It is also nice that Oceanhouse Media has now included a menu of pages to use as a reference as well - always a nice touch.
Mothers will certainly relate to the antics that ensue in this Little Critter title. This is a story that is easy to love on many levels, making it a nice choice to share for Mother’s Day.
This app is currently free, thanks to Oceanhouse Media - a gift to mothers and children alike. Do check it out.