Brave: Storybook Deluxe

 
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Learning(i)

Visually beautiful retelling of movie, with fun extras.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The storybook has numerous options for reading, but the read-along's automatic page-turning feature's cadence is rather slow at some times and quick other times. The book froze once during this review, and there have been other reports of similar bugs. That said, the games are easy and seamless: The archery game is well-explained, and the puzzles and coloring pages are easy to play. 

Violence & scariness

The little blue wisps and the witch aren't violent, per se, but may be scary for younger kids. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is partially a marketing tool for Disney-Pixar's Brave movie. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Brave: Storybook Deluxe includes a fun archery game, puzzles, coloring pages, and a retelling of the movie's story with beautiful graphics, periodic animation, and the option for kids or parents to record their voice and narrate it themselves. Pixar's graphics and scenes are absolutely breathtaking and make the app jump to life. We experienced some buggy pauses and freezes in the story.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Communication

  • speaking

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The real gems are the fun archery game and the coloring pages that are perfect for Brave enthusiasts, young and younger. The storybook itself is beautiful but has an odd rhythm, with some pages animated and others static.

Learning Approach

As kids read the storybook, they are learning a little about the symbols, traditions, and vocabulary of the Scottish Highlands. The recording option, read-along text and puzzles provide ways to interact with the story.

Support

Three reading modes: Follow along, read and explore, record your own voice. The archery game tracks how many targets kids have hit and how many arrows they have left to use. Unfortunately, instructions are only written.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Communication

  • speaking

Kids can practice their storytelling and reading skills with Brave: Storybook Deluxe. They can also learn a little about the symbols, traditions, and vocabulary associated with the historic culture in the Scottish Highlands; the family crests that each suitor carries and the way clans related to other clans (or even the meaning of the word "clan") are examples. The recording option, read-along text highlighting, puzzles, and coloring pages all provide ways to practice skills or actively think.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Princess Merida's strong personality and archery skills come to life in Brave: Storybook Deluxe through the retelling of the movie's story and the fun archery game. In the game, kids help Merida hit bull's-eyes while galloping through the forest on horseback. In addition to the story and game, there are puzzles and coloring pages to entertain Brave fans.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The real gems of BRAVE: STORYBOOK DELUXE are the fun and challenging archery game, and the puzzles and coloring pages that are perfect for Brave enthusiasts, young and younger.

The storybook itself is undeniably beautiful graphically, but has an odd page-by-page rhythm. Also, some pages include cool animated elements and others remain totally static, which may bring surprise to some kids and frustration to others. Still, overall the app is worth the $6.99 price tag in beauty and features.

Families can talk about...

  • Take turns narrating a page each with your kid, or play a certain character while your kid records his or her narration of the book.

  • Point out Scottish cultural elements in the scenes, such as the family crest flags.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$6.99
Release date:June 14, 2012
Category:Entertainment
Topics:Princesses and fairies
Size:541.00 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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