Children’s iBook Review: Pittsun-tsun, The Sounds of a Rainy Day


Pittsun-tsun, The Sounds of a Rainy Day 

Age Range: 3-8 years

Publisher: Kumon Publishing (October 2013)

Genre: Interactive Picture Book

Devices: iPad only

Source: Publisher for Review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

“Pittsun-tsun, pittsun-tsun…”

When the children hear the rain begin, they grab their boots and
umbrellas and head outside for some rainy day fun! Join them in this
playfully illustrated, whimsical outing. Children and adults alike will
delight in reading aloud the different sounds of the rain in Japanese
onomatopoeia while animated umbrellas twirl, mischievous children jump
in puddles, and muddy madness ensues.

This enhanced e-book edition features narration, animation, and
interactivity. Children can choose to hear the story read aloud, or read
for themselves. Animations replay with a simple tap. Ideal for children
3-8.  Available October 2013 for through Apple Itunes.

Ipad only.


My Thoughts:

I liked this book much more than I expected to. It is an iBook, so
there are a lot of fun little extras with it. It has a narrator, sound
effects, and characters that move when you tap them. The animations are
very simple, but they are enough to make the book more engaging. The
illustrations are simple pencil drawings that are surprisingly charming.
My kids really liked this book and had a lot of fun trying to pronounce
the rainy day sounds, which are in Japanese. There isn’t a story line, but more of a poem-like expression of a rainy day.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this iBook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    January 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    The illustrations are adorable! What a great idea for an interactive book. I'm happy you enjoyed it more than you thought you would (:

    • Reply
      January 10, 2014 at 4:15 am

      It's a really cute book! I think the interactions were so great because they were so simple. It added to the book rather than took away from it.

  • Reply
    January 9, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I love rainy days and listening to the sounds outside. The animated aspects of this book make me want to read it. I don't have an ipad- but hope to check it out when I can. Great review! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Reply
      January 10, 2014 at 4:16 am

      That's the biggest downside to the book, that it's iPad only! Lots of people don't have iPads. 🙁

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