The iPad is a great platform for children’s books as it offers large screen real-estate for engaging graphics. To take advantage of this, however, you’ll need a book. Today, we’re taking a look at a perfect candidate – Sam Plays Saxophone for iPad.
Sam Plays Saxophone is children’s book complete with a cool storyline, educational content, animations, sound effects and text narration. The book is extremely easy-to-use and comes with helpful instructions on how to navigation the pages and activate the interactive content like character animations. Each page is presented and dictated by a professional-sounding narrator. The words are clear and easy to understand. To play the narration for the current page again is also possible by tapping the text, which is highlighted for each sentence as its read. Flipping through pages involves a simple tap on the left and right arrows that are used for navigating to the next and previous pages. At the end of the story, the book also offers mini quizzes for comprehension to help test the kids’ understanding of the plot, characters and geographic locations. The content isn’t overly complex that will discourage the child, but at the same time provides a bit of a challenge to stimulate thinking and memory.
Overall, Sam Plays Saxophone is an excellent resource for children that will both entertain them, as well as provide educational value. The app has tons of animation and interactive content so it always keeps things interesting and much more engaging than plain text with static graphics. I think that it’s a great mix between entertainment and educational content. If you have kids and you want to keep them busy while offering opportunity for growth, this iPad book is definitely a great alternative.