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What's it about?
Take a quick video tutorial to learn how the app works, or tap Find a Story to start browsing available titles in JUST ONE MORE STORY! Choose a story to buy for $2.99 and then begin reading. Tap the red button to record as you read the text at the top of the screen, and then tap again to stop. You can record the page again or tap done to move on to the next page. At the end of the book, you can record your own personal message. Your recordings are then put together, set to music, and formatted into an mp3 file, which you can send through your device's share menu. When listening to the recording, a special tone sounds when it's time to turn the page so kids can follow along with the actual book in their hands.
Is it any good?
This story-recording app is fun and easy to use, but doesn't offer much that you can't do on your own. Creating recordings of far away loved ones reading well-loved stories is a great way to keep a connection alive for little ones. But Just One More Story! doesn't do a whole lot extra to help facilitate that. There aren't many stories available in the Just One More Story! library: At the time of this review there were 19. But, the stories they do have are highly recognizable titles that kids are quite likely to know. Recordings are audio files only, meant to be paired with a kid reading along with a hard copy of the book. That's great if you already own the book but doesn't work as well if you don't. And other than some background music and a tone to tell kids when to turn the page, there's nothing special about the audio recordings. It would be just as easy to use your device's recording feature to make a video or audio recording. Also, once you purchase a title and send off your recording, you can't go back to access the book again without re-purchasing it. On the other hand, because the recording you send is a standard mp3 file, it's yours forever to use in whatever music playing app you prefer to use. If you happen to own one of the books in the Just One More Story! library, it may be fun to try purchasing the app's recording capability. But don’t expect many bells and whistles.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the stories they read together with Just One More Story! Which one do you like best? Why? How would you continue the story if you were writing it? What do you think could happen next?
Is it appealing to listen to stories read by people you love? Why or why not? What's it like to read a story together? What would you like to tell your loved one?
Talk about the importance of reading together. Check out our guide on reading with kids for tips.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Communication: listening
- Price: Paid
- Pricing structure: Paid (Free to download and browse available stories. To read and record, buy each book separately for $2.99 each)
- Release date: May 1, 2020
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Book Characters
- Size: 39.10 MB
- Publisher: Just One More Story, LLC
- Version: 2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
- Last updated: September 22, 2020
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