Princess Arabella Wants to Play

 
Spunky princess helps kids bring storybook to life.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

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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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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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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