The Beginner’s Bible App Review

With The Beginner’s Bible now available as an iPad app, I’ll finally be able to stop buying replacement copies of our well-worn print version of this book. Whether used as a Bible story primer for preschoolers or as a reader for emerging readers just stepping into their own Bible reading times, this book-turned app is a fine choice. The inclusion of additional coloring pages, puzzles, and activities is an added bonus!

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The Cat in the Hat App Guest Review

The Cat in the Hat is obviously a 'must have' in any collection, whether it's a digital library or a set of hardcover books with gilded pages. This version is no exception, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Although each page is essentially a still image, many pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each segment of text, a nice semi-animated style.

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Builda the Re-Bicycler App Review

Builda the Re-Bicycler is another great storybook app in the Tales of Midlandia series. Its winning combination of positive ecological values, engaging interactivity, lovely artwork, and a well-written story has made it another often asked for title in our home.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood App Review

The Adventures of Robin Hood has only strengthened my opinion that the multilingual storybook apps produced by Chocolapps (previously So Ouat!) provide the most feature-filled read along experience available in children’s storybook apps today.

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eReading: The Best Thing App Review

eReading: The Best Thing combines a classic story, lovely watercolor illustrations, and word-by-word highlighting and narration to create a charming read-along experience that reinforces the core 220 Dolch sight words.

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The Pirate Koostoe App Review

The Pirate Koostoe is a lovely digital storybook for the iPad that fosters positive values and explores early career possibilities based on life-long interests. This high-quality picturebook app has our family eager to explore more of Midlandia and its’ life lessons in future app releases.

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Adventures of Peter Pan

The Adventures of Peter Pan has established a new standard for interactive early reader books that I will be comparing future apps to. This new model is quite possibly the ultimate read-along app with options that facilitate both the independent exploration of word pronunciation and vocabulary and the direct teaching of reading skills – in multiple languages too!

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Van Gogh and the Sunflowers

You get the full, narrated, interactive book which is gorgeous in its own right for teaching gentle art history and picture study, characters to color that animate, and a wealth of puzzles to solve. Van Gogh is a beautiful, well-designed app filled with rich, integrated educational possibilities that shouldn’t be missed. I hope to see many more apps in this vein from Auryn!

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Heidi Advent Calendar

Heidi Advent Calendar is a uniquely festive way to share this timeless treasure of children’s literature together with your family over the holiday season. This unabridged story encourages reflection upon family togetherness, God’s love, forgiveness, and reconciliation all represented by the heart of an unforgettable little girl. If you haven’t read Heidi to your children yet, carve some time out this December to do so.

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Battle With the Bugs

Battle With the Bugs offers homeschooling families an incredibly engaging, story-based adventure that teaches important health and science principles. Whether you use this app as a read-aloud, a reader, or as a read-along interactive experience, this is a memorable and delightful way to teach your children about the immune system!

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Penguin’s Family – Smithsonian

Penguin’s Family: The Story of a Humboldt Penguin includes all of the luscious, realistic artwork of the original book with pans across the pages to create a sense of progression through the story. There are also some very subtle animations included that create an interesting sense of motion.

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Heidi’s Finale, Part III

Heidi’s story has brought great enjoyment to our family in the different versions we’ve encountered it in. Whether in abridged novels, the original classic, movie adaptations, or now – on our iPad, we have always enjoyed the time we’ve spent with this little Swiss girl from the Alps. My daughters and I are all thankful that Just Kids Apps has produced this quality, interactive digital storybook series to share with the children of the world.

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Heidi Continues, Part II

Continuing Johanna Spyri’s classic story of Heidi (begun in Heidi Part I) – Heidi Part II follows our young heroine to Frankfurt where she meets and befriends the sickly Klara. Part II follows Heidi through her painful homesickness and her run-ins with the miserable Miss Rottenmeier before her longing for home finally leads to her return to the mountains and Grandfather.

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Interactive Heidi! Part I

Heidi Part I is a delightful first introduction to the story of this beloved girl from the Swiss Alps. Incredibly engaging, this title is appealing not only to bi-lingual families and those teaching German as a foreign language, but also to any child who loves a good story. Just be sure to read the original to your children at some point – it is NOT to be missed!

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