Rom and the Whale of Dreams by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd is a interactive storybook app designed for iPad featuring the story of Rom and a dream that he has about a whale night after night. Rom told his parents about his dreams which kept coming back night after night – which was remarkable since no one in the kingdom had had a dream for over 1,000 years. Rom begins a search for the magical whale and borrowed his father’s horse. The app features translation from English, Spanish and Chinese and highlights specific words from the text to feature them as part of the translation. Belmontis was founded by a husband and wife dream to help their daughter learn about the global culture.
This story featuring Rom has beautiful illustrations and narration as well as a variety of touchable animations that help bring the story to life for the readers. The text for the story is a bit different from the standard as it moves around the story rather than being the standard lines of text you would expect in a standard storybook. We loved reading about all the kites and journeys as well as their imagination when the whale first appeared in Rom’s story. My favorite part was touching the illustrations and seeing them come to life, as well as allowing my imagination to come to life during the story. We read the story first in English and then in Spanish so that we could hear both translations.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see an option to have both the text read in the regular language as well as in the translation. Currently the translation is on the bottom of the page and can be a bit hard to read as it is in white text on a grey box that it is quite small. I also found that several times the page arrows covered up the text making it hard for the reader to follow along with the text. Another enhancement I would like to see is the ability to have the text re-read after the page is read – there were a few times that I touched on the animation only to find that it flipped the page. After a sneeze from Rom, the whale has been freed from dreams and the people of Malba are again able to sleep. It would be fun if the storybook had a “sneeze” sound to go along with the text.
The app features no external links or in-app purchases and is aimed toward elementary school aged children and older. It is a great way to expose children to a second language via storybook. The English narration as well as the Spanish narration were well done and the language spoken. Beautifully illustrated storybook app featuring the story of a boy and how he brought dreams back to his town. Illustrations are spectacular and it is a great way to expose children to multiple languages as well.
Rom and the whale of dreamsby BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd.
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 209.76 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.