Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books ! by Amayasoft – Review + FREE GIFT




What we love…

Fun interactive 3-D scenes,

What we’d love to see…

word highlighting as it is read, hiding of the “buy gold coins” links in a dedicated parent area, indicator on when to turn page and more help in finding interactions.

Summary

This is a nice collection of classic folk tales with some fun 3-D interactivity. I would recommend downloading today and unlocking the bonus gold coins before the offer expires (December 29th) as you can currently get 4 free books instead of the usual one.

Our Rating

Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books ! Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books is a new book app library from Amayasoft. It includes 1 free book -The Princess and the Pea, with other books available for in-app purchase. As a special Christmas gift Amayasoft is currently allowing users to download up to 3 additional books (valued at $7 total) for free – but this offer is only until December 29th so act fast! The books have “read it to me” and “read by myself” options. the narration is done by a professional British narrator, here is no word highlighting as it is read. The app also includes a bonus game “star dust” where you move around constellations until images become visible in them, there are 6 star images per book so 48 total images to find.

The titles currently available are:

• The Princess and the Pea ( Free)
• Cinderella
• Goldilocks and the three bears
• Mother Snow
• The Enormous Turnip
• The Three Little Pigs
• The Three Spinners
• The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids

To buy additional books you purchase gold coins within the app, the current offer gives you 7,000 gold coins free, most books cost 2,000 gold coins (i.e. $2), Cinderella costs 3,000. Each day the app is opened you can pick a treasure chest to win more gold coins. The in-app purchases are protected with a parental gate (where you need to turn e.g. eight, five, six into 856 to unlock) as well as your iTunes password, but there is  banner “buy 8,000 gold coins” visible from the home page I would like to see this hidden in the parents area to prevent kids begging for coins or trying to buy. I would recommend leaving IAP’s switched off in settings to be on the safe side.

The books all follow a similar format and for the purposes of the review I looked at The Enormous Turnip and Mother Snow in more detail.

The books are divided into chapters, and you can access each chapter separately if you wish, so children can easily return to their favorite sections. Each chapter has 2 portions: a text section and 1 or more pop up 3-d scenes. The written section looks just like you are reading a traditional book and there is no interactivity in this part. iPhone Screenshot 4

The 3-D pop up scenes are  interactive and the child helps the characters act out the chapter they just heard, they can also tap on objects such as plants to find out more about them. In the 3-D scenes there is narration but no text apart from occasional hints on interactions.

The 3-D scenes are fun and engaging and do add to the storyline. In the Enormous Turnip the reader can help to pull the turnip by adding all the various characters in turn, help the old man in the garden and join the family as they sit down to eat the turnip. In Mother Snow they can help Anna as she explores the magic garden and visits Mother Snow. The Enormous Turnip has 3 chapters and Mother Snow has 6, both books have color illustrations in the text sections as well as the 3-D scenes. Although there are hints to some of the interactions, there is no indicator to tell you when you have found all the important interactions, and when to turn the page. At times it felt like we were missing some, for instance at the end of The Enormous Turnip the old man says “lets sing a song about pulling up The Enormous Turnip” and we couldn’t find a way to get him to sing, and in Mother Snow we couldn’t work out how to see Mina getting her reward. I’d like to see the page turn arrow flash when it is time to move on, and for important interactions (such as the song) to be marked in some way (by a hint or flashing dot perhaps) if you miss them.

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Overall, this is a nice collection of classic folk tales with some fun 3-D interactivity, though in places it feels like it could do with a little extra polishing, and I would really like to see the “buy gold coins” message hidden. I would recommend downloading today and unlocking the bonus gold coins before the offer expires (December 29th) as you can currently get 4 free books instead of the usual one.

To download: iTunes Link Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books ! – Better World


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Christmas Songs for Kids by Touchzing Media- Review




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What we love…

Bright colorful engaging graphics and animations

What we’d love to see…

Improvements in word highlighting, tougher parental gate

Summary

This is a fun an engaging introduction for young children to three classic Christmas songs

Our Rating

Christmas Songs for Kids - Jingle Bells, Merry Christmas and Twelve Days of ChristmasChristmas Songs for Kids is the latest children’s app from Touchzing Media. It is free to download with We Wish You a Merry Christmas included for free. 2 more songs, Jingle Bells and Twelve Days of Christmas, are available for a single in-app purchase currently $1.99. Each of the songs can be enjoyed 2 ways – with music and singing or Karaoke style with just music. With both modes the lyrics are on the screen with word highlighting as it is sung. The songs are sung nice and clearly. The graphics are bright, colorful, cartoons with animations and interactive elements.

The in-app purchase, appstore links and social media links are behind a parental gate, but the question to unlock it is kindergarten-level math e.g. 3+2, so I would like this made harder.

 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas 

Sing-a-long as a merry, dancing, Santa delivers Christmas presents and children and animals tuck into their figgy pudding.

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Jingle Bells

Santa and a group of happy friends enjoy classic sleigh rides and dancing, skating, snowboarding and playing in the snow. It includes both the well-known first verse of Jingle Bells and the less well-known second verse.

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12 Days of Christmas

This is the longest of the three songs and includes all twelve verses. The developers had some fun with the illustrations in this version of the classic song – the swans are a-swimming in a swimming pool with rubber rings, snorkels and pool toys; the calling birds use telephones and the Geese are a-laying on sunbeds!

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This is a fun an engaging introduction for young children to three classic Christmas songs. It is best suited to toddlers, preschool and early elementary school-age children as older children may find the illustration-style a little young for them. It has a lot of interactive elements that young children will enjoy, but it would be nice to have the option to switch these off in settings so that you could have a “play” mode to let children discover all the interactions, and a “singing” mode without distractions. I would like to see some improvements in the word highlighting, it is a scrolling type highlighting rather than word by word, and often seems to be lagging a little and periodically seems to stop then catch up a whole line at once.

It is definitely worth downloading for the free song, and if your child enjoys it then you can consider paying to unlock the other songs. A fun way to get young children in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Songs for Kids – Jingle Bells, Merry Christmas and Twelve Days of Christmas – Touchzing Media


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Rhyme to Read By Rhyme to Read, LLC – Review



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What we love…

builds upon itself via a series of books with the words reinforced from earlier books as you advance throughout the app

What we’d love to see…

interaction and testing of understanding for the word concepts.

Summary

Great app for a struggling or emerging reader that will help you as a parent work with your child on key early literacy skills

Our Rating

Rhyme to Read by Rhyme to Read, LLC is an iPad only app designed to help your preschooler through early elementary aged student learn skills that will help them learn to read.  The program which does include in-app purchases  to purchase up to twenty books individually or via a bundle if you choose to buy them all at once.  The app features word families with similar sounds (cat, sat, pat) and helps children to understand different reading patterns.  Children should be able to recognize letters and understand how sounds go together before beginning the reading process.  Each book builds upon the previous one, so if you enjoy using it you should buy the package via one in-app purchase rather than buying the volumes individually as they build upon each other.  The app was originally a set of print books by Sarah Hines and Lynn Klairman, the cost of the print books was too expensive to maintain so they decided to turn them into an interactive app to help reach a wider audience. The books teach a variety of sight words and practice the previously learned sight word patterns as they progress within the series.  At the end of each “book” you can see a list of sight words listed in the program thus far (which gets longer with each book) and then a list of word families that have been learned.

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Rhyme to Read’s books are phonetical and teach word families which means that children learn patterning of words rather than sounding out each individual letter.  For example, “at” is turned into “Pat”, “Cat”, “Rat” with just the first letter of the word changing. Each set of words is also color coded to help your children learn and remember word families “at” for example is blue and then as you advance within the app, new word families come up in new colors but the color for each stays consistent throughout the app.

I liked that each book built upon the previous one and focused on word families so the learning was carried throughout the app.  The illustrations were simple but helped to get the point across and helped children focus in on the text.  The stories within each book repeated and built upon a pattern and at the end of each book there was a list of pattern words.  I took these words and made flashcards out of them to help my son better understand them and keep them fresh in his mind.

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In terms of enhancements to the app, I would like to see a bit more interaction.  Currently you can read the stories and see the visuals of the words, but my son required additional help including flashcards to help reinforce the learning.  Many children may be able to understand the words the first time around, but I know my son needed a bit of extra help.  I also wish there was a multi user mode so that the app can be used with multiple children which means that books later on won’t be unlocked until your child reaches them.  It would also be nice if there was some sort of a “test” to ensure that your child has mastered the concepts before moving them on to a harder book.

If you are looking for an app to help an emerging or struggling reader, Rhyme to Read may be the key to your challenges.  This app is very much parent and child focused and will require you to spend time with your child both in the app and outside to ensure that content is being mastered.  I know in addition to reading within the app, I made flashcards as well as found other books to help my son with the concepts of the sight words we covered.  This app is currently on sale for 30% off so I would encourage you to try out the free version and if you like it, purchase the pro version to work with your children.  Trust me, you won’t regret helping them get these important early literacy skills.

Rhyme to Read full - teach beginning reading with phonics and sight words and word families (English Version)
Rhyme to Read full - teach beginning reading with phonics and sight words and word families (English Version)
by Rhyme to Read, LLC

Category: Education, Books
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, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 72.78 MB

$7.99USD

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Rhyme to Read - teach beginning reading with phonics, sight words and word families (English Free Version)
Rhyme to Read - teach beginning reading with phonics, sight words and word families (English Free Version)
by Rhyme to Read, LLC

Category: Education, Books
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, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 72.84 MB

$FREE

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Snoopy’s All-Star Football by Cupcake Digital -Review + Giveaway




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What we love…

Word highlighting as it is read and tappable words, classic Peanuts charm, game & a book

What we’d love to see…

More levels in the game, sound effects added to the story

Summary

Classic Peanuts fun as Charlie Brown and his friends play football in both a narrated storybook and a game.

Our Rating

PEAN01_Football_ICONSnoopy’s All- Star Football is a new app from Cupcake Digital featuring Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Snoopy and the Peanuts crew. It includes both a storybook app and a football- themed game app. The story is narrated with word highlighting as it is read, and touching individual words will cause them to be spoken. Music, sound effects and narration volumes can be independently adjusted or switched off. The app has no adverts or in-app purchases. External links to the appstore and Social Media are fairly well-hidden and behind a parental gate (you enter your birth year to access).

The story is a classic Peanuts tale. Charlie Brown decides to organize a game of football, Snoopy thinks it is a great idea and Charlie Brown and Snoopy set out to organize teams. Many of the Peanuts gang including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Pigpen, Schroeder and Peppermint Patty join in the fun. At Sally’s insistence the game is boys vs girls and the boys team are one short but a mystery player joins their team. After a nail biting game it all comes down to the last kick, and the mystery player’s identity is revealed. You’ll have to read the story to find out who it is and who won the game.

This is not an interactive book app, but more of an eBook as there are no interactive elements except the tappable words; but the word highlighting as it is read and tappable words are both great features for emerging readers.  The color illustrations show all the classic Peanuts comic strip charm, but  I would love to see some sound effects added to the story (they are in the game but not the book) to add to the atmosphere.

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As well as the story the app also includes a game -Charlie Brown and friends are playing a game of football and you need to help them score a touchdown. The game has 20 levels, plus a bonus level which is unlocked if you score 3 stars on all the earlier levels. The first level is very simple just requiring a single pass, but as you move up the levels it gets more complicated with multiple passes and opposition players tackling if you take too long about your move. One team is made up of classic Peanuts characters including Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty and the other team is made up of players who all look like identical generic Peanuts characters, it would be nice to see identifiable characters on both teams with the boys playing the girls to reflect the storyline of the book.

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 My 7 year old son is a big Peanuts fan (and he especially loves Snoopy and Woodstock) so I thought he would be the perfect audience to test out the app. Although he knows very little about American Football, he was immediately excited to see the app and enjoyed listening to the story. He picked up the game very quickly and was soon better at it than I was ! (many of the levels took me multiple attempts to complete!). His only complaint was that he completed all the levels quite quickly (it took him about 40 minutes) and so he would really like to see more levels added.

Overall, this app is sure to delight any Peanuts fan with its classic story about Charlie Brown and the gang playing football and with the bonus of a Peanuts football-themed game.
Snoopy’s All-Star Football

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