A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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Products & Purchases
The app features a link to the developer's other products, but it's not visible on the main menu screen.
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.
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.
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