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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - Play & Explore

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - Play & Explore



Preschoolers play eight learning games with the characters from Eric Carle's beloved children's books in this new app for iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
The Bottom Line
Eric Carle's beloved storybook characters take center stage in this 3D pop-up book filled with eight learning games.


Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar book celebrated its 45th birthday by introducing a new children's app called The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - Play & Explore. Joining the Very Hungry Caterpillar are characters from Carle's other beloved books, including The Mixed-Up Chameleon, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Very Quiet Cricket, and others.

How to Play

The animals appear in stunning 3D pop-up presentations which house eight different mini-games. In between the games are pages of narration about different animals. Preschoolers will help the Mixed-Up Chameleon count bugs to slurp up, guide Brown Bear through a maze to get to her cub, answer science questions about animals swimming by in the ocean, put together jigsaw puzzles reflecting artwork from Carle's books, and play hide-and-seek with Mister Seahorse.

App Analysis

This app reverently reproduces the watercolor cutouts for which Carle's books are famous, making this app spectacular to see. And it is fun to play these math, science, and logic games with these beloved characters; although some are better than others. We liked the jigsaw puzzles and the activity about identifying the characteristics of sea creatures. The pages with reading are long without any interaction, but the mini-games are what makes this app fun.

Best For

If your children love Eric Carle's books, they will enjoy playing in The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - Play & Explore. Seeing Carle's illustrations presented in a pop-up format is magical.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - Play & Explore
Released: 3/20/2014
Company: StoryToys Entertainment Limited
Price: 3.99
Platforms: Android
iPod Touch
Available: Apple App Store
Google Play

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