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What's it about?
In STORYTIME: BILLY GOATS GRUFF, the three billy goats have eaten all of the grass in their field and long for the grass on the other side of the bridge. Unfortunately, there is a grouchy and hungry troll who lives under the bridge and who does not want them to pass. As each goat crosses, they trick the troll into letting them go uneaten until the final billy goat arrives and knocks the troll off the bridge. In the Read to Me mode, there are occasional prompts that appear as a sun icon during the story that ask kids additional questions to encourage active reading and comprehension. Aside from Read to Me, parents can select Read by Myself and Picture Mode.
Is it any good?
While keeping the basic plot intact, this semi-interactive ebook offers comprehension-building prompts that are too easy to skip. StoryTime: Billy Goats Gruff has some cute illustrations, and it stays true to the story many of us grew up hearing. The voice acting is pleasant and the music is relatively mild. The "Kids Prompts" are the app's most unique feature, and they do add another dimension of learning that lots of ebooks don't. The problem is that they only appear in Read to Me mode and only as a sun icon on the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, many kids will blow right by them unless they're using the book with an adult. If another character -- acting as narrator -- popped up to pose the questions, kids might be more likely to pay attention to them and interact. As it stands, the story is definitely best read with an adult who will help with the prompts and discuss the biggest goat's head-butting solution.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about fairy tales like the one in StoryTime: Billy Goats Gruff. What is true about them? What's pretend?
Talk about mean behavior. What should you do if someone is being mean to you? Are there ever times when it's OK for you to be mean to someone else?
How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could use? If you had to choose the best use of your time on a screen, would you pick this app over other apps on your device for reading stories? Why, or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: September 13, 2017
- Category: Books
- Topics: Brothers and sisters, Horses and farm animals, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
- Size: 136.00 MB
- Publisher: Storytime Studios, Inc.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
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