What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hildegard Sings is a lighthearted and funny interactive book starring Hildegard Rhineheffer, a hippo who dreams of becoming an opera star. When Hilda loses her voice on the eve of her big debut, readers must help her overcome her stage fright through a variety of simple activities that involve dragging and tapping the screen. An iPhone version is also available for $.99.
Is it any good?
HILDEGARD SINGS offers kids appealing watercolor illustrations and a humorous story that spoofs famous operas like "Madame Butterfly" ("Madame Butterball"), and "The Magic Flute" ("The Magic Snute.") Each page has an interactive element, like dragging food into Hilda's mouth (she loves eating almost as much as singing), popping bubbles in a bathtub, or raising the curtain to reveal the performers on-stage. There isn't as much interactivity as some other book apps, but the actions complement the lighthearted story nicely.