A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving




Faithful, interactive interpretation of the holiday classic.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is very user-friendly for young kids who already know how to read, those learning to read, and those who just want to hear the story. 

Violence & scariness

Woodstock fires a pop gun into the air accidentally, but there's no violence intended. 

Sexy stuff

Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown hold hands, and Lucy makes her crush on Linus perfectly clear, but it's all innocent. 

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

You're not required to enter any personal information to use the app, but the developer's privacy policy explains that the app may collect data from your device.

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

  • reading

Engagement, Approach, Support


The app makes itself accessible to children of several age groups, each of whom will connect with the story differently. 

Learning Approach

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 kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • reading

Kids can learn a bit about the history of Thanksgiving and practice reading skills with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Prereaders, beginning readers, and proficient readers all can find enjoyment in the book. Word highlighting and the option to touch words to hear them spoken can help kids just learning to read. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a warm story, and the app's features make it accessible to kids at different reading levels.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Release date:November 7, 2013
Size:129.00 MB
Publisher:Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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