I’ll start by saying that I really like the Nosy Crow apps, and especially the round series. I have reviewed them here two other times, and both times I was not disappointed.
This time around the app is about the life cycle of a penguin. You are able to read the story yourself, or let the story read itself. Many of the scenes have activities or interactive elements. The story is circular: at the end of the story a new penguin (with a different name) starts the story over.
As in the other rounds apps, beautiful illustrations are made from whole circles or from part of circles. The music is beautiful: calm and not overwhelming. And the story is read by clear human voices.
What is unique of this one is that it has more interactive elements. Including scenes where you have to tilt the iPad to slide the penguin around the ice.
The app is filled with interesting facts about penguin, and would make a great addition to a lesson unit. Nosy Crow also provides supplemental educational materials for this app on its website.
I do want to mention that there is one scene where you have to avoid a seal. If not discussed ahead of time, that particular scene might be upsetting to very small kids (the penguin can’t and isn’t harmed).
Although the Franklin Frog Circles app is still my favorite app from Nosy Crow, this one is highly recommended. The app usually cost $4.99, but Nosy Crow is currently running a promotion (to celebrate penguin awareness day) where you can get it for $1.99. I reviewed the IOS version (provided for free by the publisher) on my full size iPad. No Android version exists.