Lulu the ostrich has watched a French Cancan dance performance on TV, and now she can’t stop dancing the Cancan! Her dancing has upset and surprisingly helped others, but will she ever stop? Follow along as Lulu’s brother tells of a silly story about his sister.
Since Lulu Learned the Cancan is based on the book written by Orel Odinov Protopopescu, and illustrated by Sandra Forest. This app is from the Auracle line of storybook apps by Auryn, Inc., and is available for the iPhone and iPad for $2.99. There is also a lite version if you want to try out the app for free on the iPad.
There are 3 ways to read Since Lulu Learned the Cancan:
Read to Me: Follow along as the text is read aloud, and each word is highlighted when spoken. When the narration is complete, your child can interact with the page by tapping on objects to see and hear the word. When your child is done interacting with a page, he or she may turn the page by swiping a finger across the screen.
Read Myself: No narration is spoken, so big kids can read on their own, or listen to the story read aloud by a parent. Kids can still interact with each page by tapping on objects, and also tap on words in the text of the story to hear the word spoken; great if he or she gets stuck.
Autoplay: This option is the same as “Read to Me” except that the pages will turn automatically. This is an excellent feature for your little one to enjoy the story on their own, while in the car or when you’re doing chores around the house.
You can also personalize the story; select the personalization option on the home screen, and you can record your voice reading each page, and even edit the text.
Since Lulu Learned the Cancan has wonderful illustrations that are detailed, colorful, and lively, and I love how all the characters are animals.
One drawback to this app, is that the font is too small, especially since it’s designed for beginner readers and preschoolers. However, I did like how the text was laid out across the page that mirrored the same movement of Lulu’s dance; very cool touch that helps the reader to further engage in the story.
The story also doesn’t have a resolution, which I at first didn’t care for, but then realized it leaves interaction time open with you and your child to discuss what he or she thinks may happen. You think Lulu will ever stop dancing? What do you think will make her stop?
Since Lulu Learned the Cancan is a “kicking” good storybook app to share with your child, that provides fun ways to interact and personalize the story.
Disclosure: I do not receive compensation for writing this app review. The photos used were taken as screen shots from my iPhone or iPad. Views expressed in this review are purely and only mine. Pricing was accurate at the time of this review.