The Velveteen Rabbit

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Classic tearjerker is beautiful but lacks interactivity.

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Ease of Play

Navigating the pages of the book is very intuitive and easy.

Violence & Scariness

The Velveteen Rabbit is nearly burned in a fire, which could be traumatic for younger children.

Sexy Stuff

The app features a link to the developer's other products, but it's not visible on the main menu screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Velveteen Rabbit is a faithful adaptation of the children's classic, featuring the voice of Meryl Streep. Users can read the story at their own pace, as they would read a book (with no audio cues or interactive help for young readers), have it narrated by Streep in a 25-minute video, or record their voice reading the story. As with other apps by the developer, the artwork is gorgeous (illustrated by David Jorgensen). The story is a tear-jerker, though, and features some elements that might be too intense for very young children, such as the threatened burning of the titular character and the severe illness of its child owner.

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Is it any good?

The Velveteen Rabbit is a timeless story of the power of love, and this app does a wonderful job showcasing that to young readers and viewers. The artwork is soft and fits the story wonderfully, and Meryl Streep does a good job narrating the story. The app is priced a bit high, especially considering the lack of any real interactivity, but the classic story has the potential to engage and captivate children.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release date: October 15, 2010
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Ruckus Media Group
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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