My Little Pony - A Canterlot Wedding HD
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Little Pony - A Canterlot Wedding is an interactive storybook featuring the popular toy and movie My Little Pony characters. Each of the characters is sold in stores, and there are several wedding accessories sold as well as numerous marketing tie-ins in clothing. Unlike some of the movies, there's no conflict and no evil characters. Kids hear the story read aloud, see the words on the pages, and interact in several activities, helping ponies prepare for the wedding. The messages of working together and celebrating together are sweet and positive.
What's it about?
Princess Cadance is getting married, and Princess Celestia has asked the ponies to help with the celebration. Applejack makes the food. Rainbow Dash will decorate the sky. Rarity designs the dress, and Fluttershy is in charge of the music. Pinkie Pie handles the reception. Kids read along as the story is read aloud, turning pages, and then get to help the ponies in each of the wedding planning activities: making the cookies and cake, designing the wedding dress, painting the sky, composing the music, and choosing the flowers.
Is it any good?
The sweet story will be a hit with any My Little Pony fans. Even though it's not interactive on every page (kids can't tap individual words or interact with the pictures), the five activities more than make up for that. Kids get to express their creativity, helping the ponies with each of their jobs to get ready for the wedding. The big reward comes at the wedding, where kids will see what they've created -- the cake, the dress, the flowers -- as part of the page's illustration. Verbal instructions remind kids how to swipe from the story to the activity, and kids can jump in at any point in the story using the pull-down bar. That way, they can get right to decorating the cake or designing the dress again if they want, after they're read the story.
Families can talk about...
Talk to kids about consumerism and marketing in age-appropriate language. Let them know that they don't have to buy everything that features a favorite character just because it is available.
Encourage creative play inspired by the story. If kids already have the My Little Pony toys, have them change up the story using the toys. If they don't have the toys, encourage them to retell the story in other ways.