The Surprise (Pro‪)‬ 4+

Wordless book that is animated

Hamaguchi Learning & Development, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 15 Ratings
    • $5.99

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A great wordless "book" to elicit language!

From "Hamaguchi Apps has revolutionized storytelling in their application, "You're the Storyteller: The Surprise."

You’re the storyteller! In this beautifully animated, wordless story, the child watches each scene and can then record and/or write their very own narration! **THIS IS THE PRO VERSION, for the iPAD. It holds up to 30 users' narrations and writing. For a single user, please check out our Home Version. (There is no iPHONE version) Perfect for narrative language development!

Check out our Youtube demo video:

In this delightful wordless book, a boy brings home a stray dog and attempts to hide it from his mother. Using body language, facial expressions, and carefully selected sound effects, watch the story unfold and find out why it is called “The Surprise!”

There are 8 chapters in this story. Each chapter’s animation clips runs an average of 15 seconds, allowing the child to describe and retell the story in small increments. The user may replay the entire narrated story from beginning to end via the Table of Contents. You can also watch the original story with or without music accompaniment, email your story including the voice file, or print it out!

There are “Challenge Words” provided for each chapter. These are optional and for more advanced language learners who want to try and put them into their narration. The “Questions” bone provides 3 questions for each chapter. Answers and suggestions for both of these are available in the Information page.

This is the Professional version. Up to 30 users’ voice files and written narration is kept in the program. When a new recording or writing is provided for that user, it erases whatever was previously recorded or written for that user.

Aside from being just plain FUN, this app lends itself well to a host of educational and therapeutic possibilities: practice with articulation, fluency, syntax development, social cognitive skills including perspective-taking and body language/facial expression inference, and much more!

A perfect speech therapy app!

*Please contact our tech support if you are experiencing any technical issues with our apps. We will always help you troubleshoot it and get back to you generally within one business day. We cannot respond to reviews and there are generally easy solutions to every issue.

PRIVACY POLICY: We do NOT collect personal data from our users and have no ads. Personal data regarding user performance on the tasks on this app are self-contained and not transmitted in any way, unless the user chooses to email them to someone else. There are no in-app purchases in this app. A demo link will allow a user with internet access to view a video on YouTube to learn about the features of this app, as well as a link to our other apps in the iTunes store.

Developed by noted speech-language pathologist and author of Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know, Patti Hamaguchi, M.A., CCC-SLP.
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What’s New

Version 1.5

IOS 14 Bug fix

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Mary Lu hu ,

More, more please!

How great is this app! While it is only one story the versatility and the perfect design of this app makes it an exceptional tool for language impaired kids. It has been particularly helpful for some of my autistic students. What I've found is that repeated viewing of individual segments or reviewing the entire story over many sessions is very helpful. The ability to pause the story and look at the facial expressions within the context of a story is wonderful. Hope there will be more stories to come!

Beaker222 ,

Wonderful App with Many Educational Applications!

My intermediate elementary school students love this app. It is perfect for small groups and can address expressive and receptive language, oral and written narrative skills, perspective taking and inferencing. Please make some more stories!

Valerie1461 ,

Hamaguchi.......did it again!!

This is another great Hamaguchi app. First I have to say it is FUN! Which means my 6 year old will learn and practice with it! It does all that it claims and works on many different aspects of speech therapy and specific struggles for those on the autism spectrum. I like that it is not a free for all and stays on specific stories. ( We have a more expensive app that is story telling and records but we soon came to find out he could not stay on track and we ended up taking it off his iPad). This app offers so much more and gives a nice framework to use (the chapters). Of course my son likes "what's that smell" and thinks it is hilarious. He is having a blast while we work on getting him to read a situation by looking at the characters expressions and gestures. We can go back and make it a different story which makes him think! I can't say enough good things about this one and hope that updates in the future will offer more chapters!

App Privacy

The developer, Hamaguchi Learning & Development, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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