The Snow Queen, Animated Story by Saturn Animation Studios Inc. – Review
I’ve always love Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen for providing a progressive role model for girls. It’s a tale of how the brave and faithful Gerda overcame obstacles and winning over various characters to help her in her quest to find and save Kay from the Snow Queen. Her love for Kay also set him free from the evil magic mirror slivers in his heart and eye.
There are many versions to the tale, differing in how the magic mirror came about, the relationship between Kay and Gerda (siblings in some adaptations and friends in others) and the characters who helped Gerda (the river, the rose tree, the Old Lady, the crows, the Prince and Princess, the little robber girl, the reindeer, the Lapland and Finland women), etc. It is a long tale and quite frequently it is shortened for younger children.
A superb simplified version can be found in the new app, The Snow Queen, Animated Story by Saturn Animation Studios Inc. It stays true to the original story but uses simpler words (choice of English or Russian) to present the tale to children of all ages. Confident readers can turn off the narration (there is a separate control for the sound effects) and read by themselves while younger children can opt for the autoplay mode. What is missing for now is a read-along text highlighting option.
Lightly animated with appropriate sound effects and supported by interactive activities that enrich the story as it is being told, there are no random actions that would distract the reader from immersing himself in the story. Interactive activities include playing with snowflakes, musical glass splinters and flowers, rub and reveal images, puzzles and more. There is something to touch and play with on every page.
I really like the engaging narration and the rich illustrations. The 8 puzzles included are nice additions to the story, especially the page where kids help to complete the task of forming the word ETERNITY, a task given by the Snow Queen and if completed, will allow Kay to leave the Snow Queen’s palace.
Even though The Snow Queen’s main character is a girl, I knew my 7 year-old son would enjoy it since he loves stories about heroines (like in Frozen and Brave). However, his attention did wander off when he had to wait for each page to load. The story itself is long (34 pages) but he finished the whole story the first time with me. His subsequent reads were shorter and it’s great that the app remembers where he has stopped the last time and the page menu also allows him to go to specific pages easily.
The story of Kay and Gerda tells kids that true friendship and sincerity can melt even the coldest and harshest of hearts. It is a tale that all kids should be exposed to and here is a superb storytelling of the classic tale with beautiful illustrations, non-distracting animations, suitably-placed interactive activities and engaging narration. It is an adventure story involving many colorful characters which will appeal to both boys and girls.
The complete animated and narrated story is free with interactivity turned on for the first 10 pages, a $1.99 in-app-purchase will activate the interactive activities on the remaining 34 pages. Download the app now to enjoy this beautiful classic.
The Snow Queen, Animated Story
by Saturn Animation Studios Inc.
Category: Games, Books, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 3G, iPadMini, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 3G, iPad WiFi
Size: 162.56 MB
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.