Pedlar Lady

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Possibly the most gorgeous animated book for the iPad.

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Sitting back and listening to/watching the story is no problem, of course. But reading along would be made easier if the text was highlighted.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pedlar Lady is a gorgeously animated folk tale storybook, with which children can read along if they are able to follow the text without highlighting. Frankly, kids will be probably be too mesmerized by the animation to concentrate on the written words anyway. The story involves an old hermit woman who lives alone on a desolate plain. A recurring dream spurs her into finally leaving her home and trekking to a far off city in search of treasure. The ending is a surprise twist with a beautiful moral to it.  The iTunes App Store also carries an iPhone/iPod Touch version of the storybook.

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Parent Written byembeau October 6, 2011

Not for non readers , too obtuse

My daughter is five, and she enjoyed the first few pages, but the archaic speech ( old fashioned wording) kept her from really engaging. Probably better for ch... Continue reading

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Is it any good?

There aren't enough adjectives to describe just how beautiful the three-dimensional animations that illustrate PEDLAR LADY are. It feels less like a read-along storybook and more like a movie. The narration performance and the haunting soundtrack are equally great, too. In fact, the whole app feels revolutionary, partially because the camera angles and sounds randomly change, which makes the experience differ on successive readings. On one reading, you may see the old lady rocking in her chair from a direct profile, but the next reading might allow you to see the same scene from a lower perspective on a tilted angle. Of course, all these technical achievements wouldn't make it a great app if the story was lousy -- That's no worry here. It is magical.

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