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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Town Musicians of Bremen - Interactive eBook & Story Creator is a highly interactive adaptation of the classic story with some scary scenes. In the story, four animals who are too old and tired to feel wanted or useful decide to go to the town of Bremen to become musicians. On the way, they come across two thieves in a house full of food. The animals team up to scare the thieves away and eat the food, later biting and kicking a returning thief. The animals form a band upon reaching Bremen. The text is highlighted as it's narrated, and each page has several interactive elements. There are also creative matching puzzles throughout the book. In the My Story mode, kids can edit the story or create up to five original stories using animations from the Bremen story and typing in their own text. The narrated story can be enjoyed by younger kids, but navigating the tutorials and My Story mode is easier with decent reading skills.
What's it about?
The Town Musicians of Bremen follows four animals who leave their homes to become musicians. While listening to the narrated story, kids can tap to reveal visual and sound animations. Every few pages, kids solve puzzles by matching or sliding pieces into place, sometimes shaking the device to scramble the pieces. In a story creator mode, kids can edit the main story or create five new stories. Kids tap to make a command ring appear, then choose "object' to select an image or animation from the book. Kids can also add text using the keyboard.
Is it any good?
Kids with a knack for exploring will enjoy this interactive adaptation of the classic (though occasionally scary) story. Flitting fireflies, shooting stars, and silly sound effects bring this story to life, all culminating in a cacophonous celebration when the four musicians fulfill their dreams. Even a few typos scattered throughout the text can't spoil the party. Then, kids can channel all of that creative energy into creating their own stories -- a wonderful activity to do together to guide kids through the process.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, storytelling, writing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
Creativity: imagination, producing new content
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles
Communication: multiple forms of expression
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: June 29, 2011
- Category: Books
- Size: 159.00 MB
- Publisher: Centum Interactive Co., Ltd.
- Version: 1.5.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
- Last updated: August 25, 2016
For kids who love storytelling and creativity
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