The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Fun, faith-based seasonal story teaches reading skills.

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There is some guidance for how to use the controls at the beginning of the story, but it is also very intuitive. Basic swiping and tapping are all that is needed.

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There are two icons (the OceanhouseMedia logo and an "i") on the menu screen that take you to screens from which you can access the web. The page from the logo will take you to the iTunes store, showing you other apps published by this developer, and the page from the "i" will take you to developer sites. Before connecting you with iTunes or the web, however, the app first asks if you really want to go there, and you can answer yes or no.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks is an engrossing Thanksgiving story that includes some Christian religious messages. The story teaches vocabulary and helps children practice their reading. There are three main options for the story: Read To Me, Read It Myself, and Autoplay. If a child taps any object on the screen, it will say its name out loud and display the word on the screen. Near the end of the story, there is mention of God in the children's
Thanksgiving play, and the family prays together before the meal. The
very end of the story contains a quote from the Bible, which is read
aloud.

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Is it any good?

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS GIVE THANKS is a decent, positive story centered around the Thanksgiving holiday. It has much the same feeling as other Berenstain Bears books, centered around a close family that counts on each other. Kids have three choices in how to explore this app. Read To Me will read the story to your child, highlighting the words as
they are read. Read It Myself allows the child to read the words, but
one tap on the text will also read it to your child. Both of those
options also will say the name out loud and display the word on the
screen for any item your child taps. Autoplay will read the story to
your child without having to turn the pages. Children can still tap the
vocabulary words for this option, but the app usually does not say the
words out loud. The narrator reads very well with just enough excitement in her voice, and the app's production quality is excellent. This app is a solid choice for any family wanting to share the Christian perspective of Thanksgiving.

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