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Ansel & Clair's Adventures in Africa

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Ansel & Clair's Adveture in Africa is a geography app that introduces students to the three major regions of Africa: The Nile, The Sahara Desert, and The Serengeti. Students explore African geography, ecosystems and animals, with a touch of history, culture, and numbers. The two main characters are Ansel, an alien -- who is very inquisitive about Africa - and Clair, a robot who answers all of Ansel's questions. The app features African animals, such as a crocodile, lion, vulture, and lots of others; and also explains other natural features, like an oasis.

There are some great interactive features within the app and some hidden puzzles that enhance the learning experience. Each ecosystem has an arrow marker that turn into a check mark once completed. For most items, students can tap a light bulb to learn more information. Students can create a travel log by taking and arranging photos of things they see. Although the music is slightly over powering (this can be turned off) and the accents are US, this is a great app which offers lots of content and scope.

From the Developer

★ Dr. Toy Top 10 Tech Products of 2011
★ Winner of the 2011 Media of the Year Award - Creative Child Magazine
★ Tillywig Brain Child Award
★ Parent's Choice Recommended Product Award
★ Dr. Toy Top 100 Toys of 2011 Award
★ Winner of National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
★ Winner of Kids First Endorsement - Coalition for Quality Media
★ #1 "Staff Favorites" - Apple iTunes, "Back to School Picks" ”What’s Hot” and “New & Noteworthy”

✦ “This is one of the best educational apps for kids on the iPad” – USAToday
✦ #1 iTunes Staff Favorites
✦ "You had better believe the iPad can act as a portable edutainment center, and this continental adventure starring a pair of space aliens offers the perfect example" –The Washington Times 
✦ “This is truly one of the most amazing apps for kids and education I’ve come across. Perfectly brilliant!” – The iPad Fan
✦ "If you have an IPad and kids, you are going to want to know about this cool new app by Cognitive Kid. If you don't, seriously, consider getting a refurb, it's worth every penny and then some. And then consider Ansel and Clair for your very first app." - Edumom at Greenwala

✣ Original characters developed exclusively for the iPad: Ansel, a friendly inter-galactic travel photographer from the planet Virtoos, and Clair, a brilliant Virtoosian robot
✣ Spectacular interactions & animations, quests, puzzles & games bring learning to life in 3 visually stunning, interactive locales - Nile Valley, Sahara Desert & Serengeti Plains
✣ Completely supported by audio, the app offers hours of independent exploration and learning for both kids who have not yet learnt to read as well as for older kids who can read
✣ Engaging gameplay
■ Take 29 spectacular photos; Collect & arrange photos in the Travel Log
✣ Deeply enriching and immersive: Utilizes a high-impact, thematic & contextual approach to teach:
■ Primary Focus: Geography, History and Science
■ Secondary Focus: Vocabulary and reading
■ Concepts: Camouflage, migration, nocturnal, herbivore, predator, vertebrate, cold-blooded
■ Learn more through innovative “ClairVision”: 50+ screens supported by both dialog and text and 30+ contextual hyperlink illustrations
✣ Original music: Audio recording and music by a Grammy nominated team

✣ Encourages children to think and ask questions through Ansel's critical questioning
■ What is a mummy? Does it live in a Pyramid?
■ What is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?
■ Why are there more plant-eating animals than meat-eating animals?
■ Why are the wildebeest migrating? How long will they be gone?
■ Why is there snow only on Mount Kilimanjaro and not in the rest of the Savanna?

✣ 5 games & puzzles with multiple levels to entertain and challenge kids of different ages and levels

Member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids & families
Recommended Ages: 4-7, 8-10

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