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Caillou: What's That Funny Noise?

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A fantastic interactive app based on the famous tv-cartoon character, Caillou. Readers will love playing with this app. It has received an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status.

Teacher Review

This is an interactive e-book that helps your children to get ready to read, learn new words and to speak (a feature that is particularly good for the younger ones). This app differentiates itself from other interactive apps in that it asks questions that might promote discussion about the story-line .  For example, while you are reading, when you tap at the bottom of the screen, you are asked to define how Caillou might be feeling after he has jumped out of the bed when he saw the shadows on his bed-spread. These types of questions help children to empathise with the character in the story.

There are also key words that are highlighted so that when you tap the word, you can see it in the illustration. Additionally, you can stop reading and record yourself saying the word and then playing it back to yourself. This strengthens the association between picture and image and thus speeds up the learning process of new vocabulary. These words form part of a list called “Living Words” so that every time you touch one of the words in the story, you hear the voice-recording.

Another useful feature is the optional narration, meaning a child can use the app without supervision and can begin to relate words that they hear to what the written text. An option I’d like to see in a future update is a marker scrolling through the words as they are spoken, as I think this would really help with word familiarisation.

One of the things that we really like about the app is that there are different levels of reading and vocabulary. Level 3 is the most interactive as it allows the reader to record his/herself in relation to what would Caillou say in specific points of the story.

In the “Play” section of the app, you can create your own scenes and pictures by dragging the different characters and objects into your chosen scene. After you have finished you can record a story or a description about what is going on in the picture. This is a fantastic addition that pushes children’s cognitive thinking and presentation skills.

Overall, this is a fabulous app with a very loveable main character. We can see that a lot of thought has gone into the app and we really appreciate how well it has been done.


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From the Developer

Discover this innovative shared reading method to help your child get ready to read! iRead With is a top learning and educational method for kids in Preschool to foster language development.

Follow Caillou and his parents while they try to put Caillou to bed. Caillou hears funny noises and can't fall asleep. That's when the action starts! Mommy and Daddy are always around to help Caillou and show him what the funny noises and shadows really are. Find out if Caillou (and family!) actually get a good night sleep.

"Caillou: What’s that Funny Noise? exceeds expectations for graphic design, animation, creativity, and user interface. It’s exactly the kind of story app that will enrich your child’s mind and create a love of books." - Fun Educational Apps

"We have tried many eBooks for our kids and nothing has quite grabbed their attention like iRead With Interactive eBooks. The concept of the stories is genius." - Mom and More

• Already reached #1 in Books in the US, Canada and France.

Based on the hit TV series, this animated story is part of iRead With, a new read-aloud program created to foster language development and help preschoolers get ready to read.

iRead With animated stories are designed to make children talk and participate in the shared reading activity.

iRead With is based on the dialogic reading method developed in conjunction with University of McGill's Child Phonology Lab.
Parents follow a prompting system that encourages them to start a conversation with the child, by asking questions about the story. Children become actively involved in the narrative and get stimulated in a multi-sensory level.

“Finally an activity that brings us together on the iPad!” - Mom of a 4-year old

How does the prompting system work?
Narrative sequences are punctuated by prompts and conversation starters, inviting to talk about the story and the world around us.

Speech and oral language, vocabulary, phonological awareness, emergent literacy concepts, narrative skills and comprehension strategies.

Touch living words to trigger sounds and animations.

Animations are tied to the story to create a meaningful experience. Tap them to find a surprise!

Select an avatar to personalize your reading experience.

Important words can be recorded. Children can also create and record their own dialogue lines.

Play with story puppets and create your own animated stories in the Story Theatre.

Choose to have the story automatically narrated, always after a first shared reading experience.

There are three reading levels with more living words to discover, and new prompts to engage conversation.

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Copyright © 2014 by Tribal Nova Inc. All rights reserved. iReadWith and its logo are trademarks of Tribal Nova Inc.
CAILLOU © (2013) Chouette Publishing (1987) Inc. and DHX Media Inc. CAILLOU TM is a registered trademark of Chouette Publishing (1987) Inc. All rights reserved.
The translation or reproduction of any excerpt of this book in any manner whatsoever, either electronically or mechanically and, more specifically, by photocopy and/or microfilm, is forbidden.

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