Princess Arabella Wants to Play

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Spunky princess helps kids bring storybook to life.

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It's easy to tap the story's pictures to discover different animations and sounds. There are a number of spots to swipe or tap to move pages back or forth, and sound or visual indicators appear when it's time to turn the page.

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A small icon on the menu screen promotes "More Arabella." Click on it and it takes you to the website address of the app publisher. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Princess Arabella Wants to Play is a beautifully illustrated, finely detailed storybook app for kids age 4 to 10 based on the stories by Mylo Freeman. Listen to the narrator tell the story of how the princess came to befriend an elephant; older kids can read a shorter version themselves. Each page has a least one animation or sound kids can tap to uncover. An iPad only version is called Princess Arabella Wants to Play Plus.

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Is it any good?

There's a charming simplicity to Princess Arabella's story that all kids can relate to: She just wants to play. Combine that with colorful illustrations and attention-keeping details, and PRINCESS ARABELLA WANTS TO PLAY is a storybook app winner. Older kids may want more interaction and surprises on each page, but for younger pre-readers and early readers there's just enough here to spark imagination without distracting from the enjoyment of the delightful story.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $.99
  • Release date: June 6, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 16.70 MB
  • Publisher: RumdeeDum
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later

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