Elmer and the Lost Teddy is the latest ebook release from Oceanhouse Media. I looked at the Apple version for the iPad and iPhone.
The app is an adaptation of the book by British author and illustrator David McKee, featuring his popular character Elmer, a multi-colored patchwork elephant. McKee’s bright and colorful illustrations make this one of the most engaging eBooks my daughter and I have tried yet. It looks especially good on the big iPad screen.
In this charming bedtime story, Elmer meets a young elephant who has lost his teddy bear. He quickly lends him his own while he searches through the jungle for the teddy, knowing that the little one will want it by bedtime. He meets his cousin Wilbur and many other animals along the way, who all try to help him in his quest.
Elmer and the Lost Teddy features three ways to read and enjoy the story:
“Read to Me” — A narrator (with a British accent) reads the story, with each word highlighted. A tap of the finger causes the words associated with illustrations pop up, such as “Elmer,” “flowers,” “jungle,” “crying,” and “sky.”
“Read it Myself” — Children can choose to read the story at their own pace. They still have the option to turn the pages and highlight words by tapping on the pictures.
“Auto Play” — The narrator reads the story, pages flipping automatically. Again, children can still tap the pictures to see highlighted words.
Parents and their children will both enjoy this story, which is one of many ebook offerings from Oceanhouse Media. Another title featuring Elmer, Elmer’s Special Day, is available, as well as books featuring the Berenstain Bears, Tacky the Penguin, and the Cat in the Hat and other titles by Doctor Seuss. Elmer and the Lost Teddy makes a nice addition to our eBook library.