Review by Mary

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost WalkThe Berenstain Bears Go On A Ghost Walk is the latest title from the Encinitas, California based developer Oceanhouse Media. Oceanhouse Media is well known for it’s high quality children’s book apps.

In this classic tale from Jan and Stan Berenstain, Halloween is approaching in Bear Country and Papa Bear is excited because this year he is in charge of the Bear Country School’s Ghost Walk. In his enthusiasm Papa Bear gets carried away and forgets Mama Bear’s advice that “one person’s fun is another person’s nightmare”. After scaring his children and giving himself nightmares, Papa Bear learns his lesson and realizes that Halloween can be fun without being scary. Papa Bear scales back the fright factor and everyone has a fun time at the School Ghost Walk.

The app has three options – read by myself, read to me and auto play. In “read to me” or “auto play” mode the words are highlighted as the story is read, which is great for children learning to read. The interactions are subtle – if you touch words they are read to you and touching objects will cause them be labeled and the name of the object is spoken. The soundtrack features spooky Halloween music that sets the scene for the story.

This app is a great Halloween story for children. It talks about Halloween in a fun way without scaring the little ones. All the usual Halloween themes are touched upon – pumpkin patches, costumes, trick or treating and pumpkin carving, as well as a good smattering of skeletons, ghosts and Jack ‘O Lanterns. As usual in the Berenstain Bears books, it is a nice, well-told story with a moral in the tale, and the music really sets the scene well. My 3 children (4.4 and almost 8) all enjoyed the story and have asked to read it multiple times since we downloaded it.

Overall, this app is a must-have addition to your Halloween library.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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