A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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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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.