Thumbelina for the iPhone

Common Sense Media says

Record your own voice reading this interactive storybook.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

To get the most out of this app, an adult or older child needs to record him- or herself reading each page. This setup takes a while, but then kids simply tap the arrows to move through the story.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Thumbelina wears a super-short skirt, and she and her king share a kiss at the end of the story.

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From the main screen, you can tap the Touchoo logo to reach their website. After kids are finished with the story, there are also icons to tap to register for Touchoo's new book alerts, to see another of Touchoo's apps (1 Little Boy) in the iTunes App Store, to rate Thumbelina in the iTunes app store, and to share information about Thumbelina on Twitter, Facebook, or over email.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Mostly private. There is the option to share information about Thumbelina at the end of the story on Twitter, Facebook, or over email.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Thumbelina is a storybook app that allows parents to be involved in the experience. By recording your own voice reading each page, your kids can hear you reading them the story each time they play. If you don't record your own voice, there is the option to turn on an English narrator, or to turn off narration altogether. The book's language can be changed to Spanish, French, German, or Japanese. You can also adjust the settings so that there is an automatic page flip every 10 seconds, every 20 seconds, or none at all. On each page of the story, there are some sound effects and interactive elements, such as being asked to knock on a door. It is possible to communicate with people over email, Twitter, and Facebook at the end of the story. There is a similar HD app, Thumbelina for the iPad.

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THUMBELINA is a cute interactive storybook with adorable graphics and a gentle story. You can record your own voice to read the story to your kids, and they can also interact with each page in a way that's relevant to what is on the page. Each page also has appropriate sound effects. Sometimes the sound effects are loud enough to drown out the reading voice, though, so experiment with how loud you record your voice for best results. It does take time to set up the parent-read story when you start using the app, but it is worth it to have your kids listen to a story read by you, even if you aren't there. Adding your own special voices, flourishes, or intonations can make it more special.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:December 15, 2010
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Adult Written byDori123 January 8, 2011
Great book!! my kids love it.
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