Meet Heckerty

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Relatable witch draws kids in to simple, interactive book.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn vocabulary and reading skills as well as develop social-emotional skills. Kids can hear the book read and follow along, helping their own reading fluency, and they can tap words to hear them pronounced. Heckerty's story teaches kids the importance of accepting themselves the way they are and accepting others who may be different. Meet Heckerty uses a humorous story and engaging animation to help kids grow as readers and as caring people.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use for kids alone or with an adult.

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Consumerism

Coloring pages and the language assistant are available for $1 each.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Heckerty is a witch with a green face -- which is an accident -- and makes for a relatable, fun character for kids. Meet Heckerty introduces kids to Heckerty and her cat, Zanzibar, and explains how the witch ended up with a green face. The simple, elegant design and animation won't overwhelm kids with sensory information as some interactive books can. You can connect to Twitter and Facebook as well as the Internet to access Heckerty's blog and coloring pages, but this is behind a parent lock.

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What's it about?

Heckerty is an old witch who enlists the help of her black cat, Zanzibar, to create a potion and cast a spell to make herself beautiful for her passport picture. Instead of looking for her lost spell book, she tries to remember the spell on her own, mixes it up, and ends up with a green face rather than a clean face. She realizes that "it's the same me, even if I don't want to look at myself in a mirror ever again" and asks the reader to be her friend. Kids can choose to read the story themselves or hear the lovely British-accented professional narration.

Is it any good?

Heckerty is a witch but not a scary witch -- she's just sometimes who makes a careless mistake, like anyone does. Her message of self-acceptance and her invitation to kids to be her friend is a great starting point for talking with kids about loving themselves as they are and being a friend to others. The interactive images are fun to explore with a bit of witchy-ick factor. On one page, Heckerty's eyebrows are little hairy worms that wriggle across her face. Kids can tap any word to hear it pronounced in both the read-it-myself and read-to-me versions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Heckerty's decision not to look for her spell book and say the spell from memory and compare it to times they may take shortcuts.

  • Talk about Heckerty's face and whether being green changed who she is. Ask kids if they would be Heckerty's friend. Why, or why not?

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