Sofia the First: The Floating Palace
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sofia the First: The Floating Palace includes a book about the Disney Junior show character's adventure with mermaids and a creation tool for kids to narrate and animate their own puppet shows. The story includes an evil sea monster who captures Oona, Sofia's mermaid friend, but the scary parts are very brief and end happily. Positive messages about family and friendship and accepting differences tie it all together. The puppet-show creation tool is really easy for preschoolers to use, and they'll be able to create some fun retellings of the story on their own.
What's it about?
The book is based on an episode of the show wherein Sofia's family is vacationing on a floating palace. She helps an injured mermaid, and her enchanted amulet changes her into a mermaid, too. The mermaids don't feel safe around humans, and the mermaid queen is planning to create a storm to force the floating palace out of the cover or possibly sink it. Sofia convinces her to wait and give her time to tell her family to move on, but her mermaid friend is captured by an evil sea monster who wants her enchanted comb. Sofia stops to help her friend again, and the mermaid queen is about to conjure the storm. Sofia and her friends defeat the sea monster and stop the storm. The human and mermaid families meet, and the girls become friends forever. Kids also can create their own scenes, moving around puppet characters and adding their own narration.
Is it any good?
Fans of Sofia the First and The Little Mermaid will adore the sweet story and its positive messages about friendship and family. Compared to some other interactive storybooks, it may feel bland -- more like a traditional book than an interactive book. The creation tool, though, is the heart of the app. It's easy to use -- kids simply choose the scene, hit the red record button, and then move the characters while they talk. They hit the button again to stop recording and then can watch their movies. The movies also are saved on the device to show off later. Kids can retell the story or they can create their own stories.
Families can talk about...
Talk about how both families love each other. Even though they're different, the love is the same.
Work together to retell the story using the puppet-show tool, and then create new stories using the characters and scenes.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: reading, storytelling |
Arts: acting, script writing
|Skills:||Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content|
|Release date:||January 14, 2014|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Book characters, Friendship, Ocean creatures|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 6.1 or later|