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What's it about?
The library in BEDTIME STORIES - READ & TELL is organized by age: stories for kids 2-4, 4-6, and 6-9. Browse through the collection and read the first installment, about the author, and storytelling tips and notes for any story. Four additional story "chapters" unlock through an in-app purchase. Parents can read each chapter as the author wrote it, or they can tell the story in their own words with a summary and key story points as a guide. Alternatively, they can tap through the story builder to generate silly plot points and create a unique story skeleton to tell.
Is it any good?
Colorful, though not always high quality, the stories touch on a variety of themes and provide easy inspiration for parents to tell their own stories. Bedtime Stories - read & tell features stories from many different authors, so while the format is always the same, the quality changes from story to story. The writing style of stories ranges from solid to less substantial. On the plus side, topics are almost always imaginative and of high interest to kids. And, if the writing doesn't seem sophisticated enough, parents can always decide to tell the story themselves. The story summaries and plot point outlines make it easy to make the stories your own. The story builder exercise is a nice idea, and the suggestions are certainly silly, but the plot points are a bit disjointed and need a lot of input to make any sense. But perhaps the biggest downside is the pricing structure: Each story is priced individually, which makes the price for building up a library pretty steep. For parents who want to go beyond picture books and have an ongoing story for their kids or who want to make up stories but need a little help, this is definitely a good one to try!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the themes in the Bedtime Stories - read & tell library. Many stories focus on bravery, friendship, diversity, self-acceptance, and more. Look at the story notes for tips on theatrical reading and discussion topics.
Encourage kids to tell their own stories. Use the story builder or personal experiences for inspiration, or let kids be guided by their own imagination. Kids can even draw pictures and tell their stories while you write down their words.
Read traditional books. There's just something special about flipping through pages to discover a new world. Visit the library as often as you can for a variety of books. Choose picture books with no words for the opportunity to rely on a guide for telling your own story.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (partial stories available for free; in-app purchases unlock additional content)
- Release date: March 14, 2018
- Category: Books
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship
- Size: 35.70 MB
- Publisher: Little Light Studios GmbH
- Version: 1.7
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
- Last updated: July 22, 2018
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