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Grandma's Great Gourd

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Grandma is crafty guide for interactive story, activities.

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An engaging story with beautiful graphics about a strong-willed and clever grandma also contains some interactive extras. The story itself allows -- and sometimes requires -- kids to tap around the screen to set sound effects or story progression in motion. This keeps kids engaged but is mostly simple enough to not be distracting. It's especially nice to dive into a world and culture that's not often represented. Beyond the story, kids can learn small tidbits about South Asian culture in the video section. And the record-your-own-voice option is a great way to empower kids and their families to get creative, express themselves, and make the story their own. Grandma's Great Gourd's weakest offering is the gourd-launch game, which seems like a superficial addition. Execution is awkward, and catching the power and angle levers at the "right" time is more about timing and pure luck than any kind of physics learning. The connection between where those levers stop and what happens with the gourd launches is unclear. It's also frustrating because higher levels only unlock after accumulating a certain number of points, but there's no indication of how many total points you have. Despite these drawbacks, Grandma's Great Gourd remains a beautiful, solid digital storybook with nice interactive elements.

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