My Little Pony: Party of One

 

Age Scale:3-6

Device: iPad

Quick Line: A Sweet Reading Treat

What Educators Need to Know:

Those of you that know me are probably wondering why I would possibly writing about a My Little Pony app. I don’t have a daughter, and I teach sixth grade. Doesn’t seem like a good fit for me, personally? You are right. But when Hasbro and Playdate Digital bring an app to the table, I’m going to take a look. Check out my reviews of  Magic Stickers and Play Doh ABCs

My Little Pony: Party of One is a digital storybook based on an episode of this popular series. It can be read aloud or independently with a click of the button. Navigation is simple. Tapping left or right turns the page. Illustrations outlined in white are animated with a touch. Highlighted words can be repeated, and users can learn new words in the Word Round Up. The story is easy to follow and of a nice length. Fans of the show will be happy to know that Pinkie Pie’s voice is the one heard in the app. I don’t know much about that, but I suppose E would be happy if the true Donatello was represented in a TMNT app.

In this case, simple is better than complex. I’ve seen many apps try to outdo themselves with extraneous dialogue or directions, and children rarely have the patience for this (neither do I)! However, if you are looking to truly build a sight word reading vocabulary, you’ll want to pass. The Word Round Up contained a somewhat random list of words, some of which were not used in the story. Weird! Also, the Party of One story carried a valuable lesson : Always expect the best from your friends and never assume the worst. Of course, E offered his own: Always don’t be mad. Hmmm… Maybe he missed the point.

All in all, I understand the power branded characters have on reluctant readers. If you have a My Little Pony fan at home or in the classroom, you will not be wasting your money on this app. Do I think there could be some educational improvements? Sure. But if your intent is to hook them, it just might do the job! 

Price: $2.99

 

 

 

Thoughts?