Book, kid’s iphone App & Music Review – When we were very young, I Hear Ewe & Beautiful Creatures

Kid’s  Book and Kid’s iPhone App reviews continue. For my “reasons” behind “Why Apps?!” look here. Type “Kids” or “children” or “educational” into the Apple iStore and you get bombarded with Apps. Which to get?! Look no further… As well as our usual Monday Morning Book Club review!

All previously reviewed books can be found on my Amazon store:

Red Ted Arts Book Recommendations on Amazon

Book Review – When We Were Very Young, A. A. Milne

Reading Age: 6yrs+ Read Together Age: our house from 0 yrs – 6yrs

When We Were Very Young (Winnie the Pooh)“When We Were Very Young” – A.A. Milne.  As a key “Reader to Red Ted”, I asked The Englishman for “their” favourite read… The Englishman didn’t quite get that this was about the books that Red Ted “demanded”, however, he did have a very good point: “I grew up with A. A. Milne, particularly “When We Were Very Young”. I am now immersing Red Ted in the same. Most people know A. A. Milne for Winnie-the-Pooh – however these forty-four poems – first published in 1924 – are a cracking read. Red Ted loves them – as much as I do. For Winnie-the-Pooh fans, he makes one of his first appearances in this book (thirty-eighth poem in the book, Teddy Bear)”. The point I want pick up on, is the fact that he reads some things with Red Ted that he grew up on and tha9 he loves. This brings passion and pleasure to reading and helps the little ones get into it too!

Children like rhythm and rhme, so a book of poems for children really should feature in all children’s libraries. There are many wonderful nursery rhyme books to choose from, but why not get something more “classic”?!

When  I try and pick this book up to read it to Red Ted, I get a VERY CLEAR “No Mummy Read the book! Daddy read!” – this is one for Daddy and Red Ted only. No mummies allowed! And I am sure it will form part of Red Ted’s treasured childhood memories of his bedtime stories with Daddy.

I think that that is lovely!

iPhone App Review – I Hear Ewe


Ok, a little bit of a funny one to review, as I don’t much like it. There, I have said it. But these are reviews about things for our children, and not everything Red Ted likes, I like and vice versa.

So I decided to bring it to you anyway, especially since it is another FREE App. And so long as they are free, what is the harm in trying them out?

So what is the App and what does it do? Basically, it is  a whole range of pictures – predominately animals, but a page of vehicles too. Press on the image and a voice says “This is the sound a xxx makes” followed by the pretty realistic sound. Red Ted is able to spend AGES playing with this.

What I do like about it, is that you can change the language to English, Spanish, German (ha! There you have it) and Chinese! You know I am keen for the English/ German bilingualism, however, I am also keen for Red Ted to get an understanding that there are other languages too (he loves saying “Au Revoir” and “Ciao Ciao”). So, we sometimes play with the languages on this App.

It has languages. It teaches a bit of vocabulary and it is free. So give it a go and see what your toddler thinks!

Previous iPhone Apps:

All 5 Duck Duck Moose Giveaway + mini review – Face iMake (free at time of posting) –KidArt – Dr Seusss ABC –The Wheels on the Bus – Duck Duck Moose


With all these “rhyme time” and “music” classes available for our toddlers, parents often forget that they can enjoy music together at home. I have sought out nice music for us to listen to together from the beginning and am always keen to try out new things, as well as expose my children to classical music.

So I was very pleased when the lovely people at Beautiful Creatures asked me to review their children’s music album.

Beautiful Creatures is fab new music production from South Africa. I was chuffed to download their original Beautiful Creatures album. We have always enjoyed eclectic music and have all sorts from the very traditional nursery rhymes to American vintage songs to alternative music such as Putumayo. What Putumayo is to “to the world”, Beautiful Creatures is to Africa. Catchy tunes with an African twist (lots of African animals of course). One song reminds me a little of the Rocky Horror Picture show (Lucas the Lazy Lion), whilst others are wonderfully mellow (Down comes the rain). When we put it on for Red Ted, he started jumping up and down and twisting and turning. He particularly like the Mafutha song (“More Tut Tut Tut more!” – Tut tut tut = Elephant in Red Ted speak).

You have adults singing the lead with chidlren in the chorus. No annoying high pitched or patronizing adult voices. Proper singing! What says it all for me, is that The Englishman will put on this album! He isn’t very good with  the normal children’s music…

If you are uncertain about buying you can preview it on the Beautiful Creatures blog, but I do think this is worth adding to your music library!


12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by nimblebee2 on August 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I have ‘When we were young’ at work, but had never thought about sharing it with Emily. I’ve used it in lessons for older children, but will dig it out and share it with my tiny child. Thanks for the suggestion!


  2. Agreed! I totally LOVE the Beautiful Creatures CD! Brilliant. And same here, Martin will actually put it on, which he wont with others!


  3. Posted by Lola on August 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    What a lovely blog you have & many thanks for stopping by over at mine!

    Have a great weekend too,



  4. Confession time – i loved when we were young when i was very very young and now at a young maturing age I still love it and do still read it! Love winnie the pooh too – but the original not the american destroyed version!


  5. I LOVE AA Milne. My girls have been watching the Disney-fied Winnie the Pooh at their nana’s, and it’s making me itch to drag out our huge Milne collection!


  6. Thanks for joining WMCIR! I have never heard of this first booj by A.A. Milne, and the CD looks great.


  7. Just catching up on last week’s Feed Me Books Friday links after our return from vacation. Thanks for stopping by! Was not aware of this Milne book – and I am a big fan of poetry! B has special Daddy reading time too, although since that became necessitated by the arrival of T almost a year ago, having mommy read is a treat when T goes to bed early.


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