Reviewed by Mary
Finn’s Paper hat is written and illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje and brought to the app store by Dutch developer Tizio. You can read the story by yourself or listen to it narrated in Dutch or English.There are six different narrators for the English option- including an English child and English, Irish, American, New Zealander and Australian adults. There are HD (iPad only) and universal versions available.
Finn is a little boy who makes a paper hat, he turns it into a pirate hat and plays outside all day. It starts to rain, and Finn looks for other uses for his hat – he turns it into a boat and sails until he bumps into a whale, who carries him away around the world. The whale takes him to the North Pole where he turns his paper hat into a tent. At the North Pole Finn makes friends with a seal and rides on his back all the way home. Back in his own garden Finn turns his paper hat into a perfect pool for the seal, so the friends can stay together for ever. The story is accompanied by cheerful nautical music (which can be switched off in settings) and sound effects, and each page has a fun interactive element such as making Finn fold the hat, daydream about being a pirate or making snow fall at the North Pole. The illustrations are simple line drawings mostly in black, white and shades of brown, but they have a real charm about them. The paper hat is made with old newspaper that changes on each page – so it’s fun to see what old advert comes up next. The app is lightly animated and includes some extras – two coloring pages (with fill-in coloring), a karaoke song about paper hats, and instructions on how to make your own paper hat. There are a couple of things I would like to see added: 1) an option to see the words highlighted as it is read, and 2) an option for the interactive elements to not work until after the narration is complete on that page.
I’ve had this app since it was first released and it remains one of my favorites. It is a simple, fun tale showing the power of your imagination. It encourages children to have fun playing with simple things and creating their own imaginary adventures. After we first started reading this book, my then seven-year-old, son got interested in making paper hats and has made hundreds of paper hats and boats, and has now moved on to simple origami. I love having all the different accents to choose from, and picking different ones at different times gives the story a different feel. The music and sound effects do a great job at creating the atmosphere of the story, and the interactions are enough to keep my children’s attention without distracting from the story. You may also want to check out Fierce Grey Mouse and No Dogs Allowed also illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje. Highly recommended.
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Finn’s Paper Hat HD: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2.2 or later. Cost: $
2.99 Sale $1.99 (74.2MB)
Finn’s Paper Hat : Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2.2 or later. Cost:
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