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:
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.
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.