A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that I Love you Through and Through is an interactive storybook app for preschoolers. It’s based on the popular book of the same name by Bernadette Rosetti-Shustak and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church, published by Scholastic Books. Like most storybook apps, users can choose to read the app themselves or have a narrator read for them. Words are highlighted as they’re read, which could help young children learning to read. There are no games, but kids can interact with the pages in fun ways by tapping illustrations or tilting the iPad.
Is it any good?
I LOVE YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH is a lovely storybook app that features a pleasant female narrator and lots of fun things to do on each page. Kids can tap the story’s characters -- a boy and his teddy bear -- or tilt the iPad left or right to have them make cute sounds, wave their hands, and splash water. The art is beautiful, and the interface is simplicity defined. However, the book was originally intended to be read by parents to their children as a means of expressing how much they love them. It seems just a little sad to have a strange, disembodied narrator filling that role. Consequently, it’s best enjoyed with the narrator option switched off. This is one parents should make a point of reading with their kids.