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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Frozen: Storybook Deluxe is an excellent rendition of the hugely popular Disney movie Frozen. The drama doesn't play out as frighteningly in the book as it does on the big screen, so it could serve as a good introduction for younger kids before they watch the movie. The entire plot is included, as are interactive features for kids to explore. They can listen to the story read in the same voices as in the movie, or they can record their own voices (or you can record yours). There's also a drawing activity that mimics the icy creations Elsa makes and a matching puzzle exercise. The background music is lovely, too. The only thing missing are the sing-along songs.
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What's it about?
This interactive storybook retells the story of Elsa and Anna almost exactly as it happens in the movie, with a few details (such as the parents' death) skipped over. Kids choose either READ or PLAY to start. They can listen as the story is read aloud to them, or they can record themselves reading. Pages include some interactive animations and clips from the movie. On some pages, an icon on the bottom right of the screen prompts kids to rotate the device to hear the other sister's side of the story. In the PLAY section, kids can match pieces of broken ice to reveal a scene from the book, or they can draw with ice blasts like the ones Elsa creates to create scenes in a snow globe.
Is it any good?
Frozen fans will love exploring the story again with this interactive book. They may miss singing along with the songs, but being able to record their own voices reading may make up for that. The narration is excellent, and the images are right from the movie, including some actual scenes. It's a really large app (at 800 MB) because of the images included, but it still moves easily between pages. Once kids have recorded themselves reading a page, they'll need a parent to unlock the settings and choose "narration" instead of "my narration" to go back to hearing the original narrator read the story.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, storytelling
- Skills: Creativity: making new creations
Emotional Development: perspective taking
Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community
- Price: $6.99
- Release date: January 13, 2014
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Book Characters
- Size: 800.00 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
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