A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is an interactive book adaptation of the classic television show. The book explains the purpose of Thanksgiving while also subtly showing that it's not about the feast but about spending the holiday with friends and family that counts.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Engagement, Approach, Support
The app makes itself accessible to children of several age groups, each of whom will connect with the story differently.
Kids of different reading levels can interact with the book in the appropriate mode: Read to Me, Read Myself, and Autoplay.
By touching words on-screen and hearing them spoken, kids can learn to identify them as they read traditional books.
What's it about?
Children swipe to move the story along and are able to interact with the pictures at will. Virtually every illustration on the page has some interactive element, and by uncovering hidden motions, kids will find hidden tree leaves, which they can bat about the page with their fingers. The story highlights words as they're spoken aloud -- and kids can touch the words with their fingers to have them spoken aloud (a useful feature for those just learning to read).
Is it any good?
Blend the wave of nostalgia this app brings forth with the warm story at the heart of A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING, and you've got an absolute winner. Using the show's original vocals and soundtracks, it masterfully turns a 30-minute television show into a terrifically interactive story. At the same time, it effectively communicates the message of Thanksgiving.
Families can talk about...
If your kids also watch the TV special, compare and contrast the experiences with them.
Discuss whether the history of Thanksgiving as presented in the app matches what your kids have learned in school or at home.