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What parents need to know
What's it about?
In DAISY CHAIN Buttercup Bree loves to pick flowers and use them to brighten up a deserted playground. She’s met by some bullies there, though, who tie her up and take pictures to mock her. A boy helps her, and together they model kindness, standing one's ground, and transforming a negative experience into a positive one. Each page includes written and narrated, poetic text and activities for kids to complete, such as placing daisy chains on heads or slashing the mocking photos as they come out of the camera.
Is it any good?
Kate Winslet’s calm, assured voice sets the perfect tone for this lovely tale of a little love and kindness changing a bad situation. Buttercup Bree's new friend, Benjamin, speaks some powerful words to encourage her and paint the bullies as redeemable. "They just don't know. They've not been taught," he says while not undermining the impact of bullying. When he loosens the ties holding her, the narration is "He broke her chains (to some degree.)” As for playing through the book, having to complete the activities to advance in the story can be frustrating, especially since it may take a few tries to figure out what's supposed to happen, such as slashing the photos in half or tapping each flower to pick it. To work around that, you can use the book icon to jump to each specific page. Despite this drawback, it's a haunting, charming take on overcoming cruelty.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Emotional Development: developing resilience, empathy, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, perspective taking
Communication: friendship building
Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community, respect for others
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: November 10, 2015
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Size: 118.00 MB
- Publisher: Protein
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
Themes & Topics
For kids who love empathy and kindness games
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