This Too Shall Pass

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Beautiful animation and a very high reading level.

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It's easy to turn pages, though following along with the text may be difficult for younger readers, since the text is not highlighted as it is spoken. Also the writing contains a good deal of high-level vocabulary: Words like "disquietude," "equanimity," "eloquence," and "dispiritedness."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that This Too Shall Pass is a folk tale that is beautiful in both its writing and animation. The story is about a king who wants to learn the secret to happiness. He hires all the greatest thinkers in the land, but they fail to come to any good conclusions. The king then disguises himself as a peasant to walk among his people, where he learns the secret from a poor but contented shoeshine man. Be aware that the reading level on this book is very high and there is a lot of vocabulary that will be new to most children.

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Is it any good?

THIS TOO SHALL PASS is a lovely retelling of a classic folk tale. The narration is brilliantly performed and the accompanying animation is both gorgeous and eerily atmospheric. The app changes "camera angles" so you can have a different experience with each reading. While this particular story may not feel as unique or surprising as some of the others by publisher Moving Tales (Pedlar Lady, The Unwanted Guest), it is still a very endearing story with a classic feel. In its slower pacing, more philosophical tone, and higher-level vocabulary, this feels like a storybook aimed at older readers.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $6.99
  • Release date: July 13, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 213.00 MB
  • Publisher: Moving Tales, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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