Toy Story 3 Read-Along

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Fun storybook app does more than just read kids a toy tale.

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Ease of play

Designed with young children in mind, users can opt to have the book read to them or read it themselves. The games and activities are suitable for ages four and up, with multiple difficulty levels.

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Consumerism

This interactive book is a merchandising tie-in with the hit movie of the same name.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toy Story 3 Read-Along is an interactive storybook based on Disney’s hit film. Free of any dubious content, its story and activities are safe for children even younger than the film’s audience, though some parts of the app may prove a bit challenging for preschoolers to master.

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TOY STORY 3 READ-ALONG is pricey compared to some other storybook apps, but it offers a good bang for your buck. Kids can choose to read the book on their own or have it read to them by a narrator with words highlighted karaoke-style as they are spoken. A nifty voice-record option lets kids record themselves reading and substitutes their voice in place of the narrator's. (Alternatively, parents leaving on trips may want to consider recording their voices so that their kids can hear them read a story while they’re away.) Some pages have elements kids can interact with, such as a lamp that can be switched on and off, and some are viewable in 3-D -- assuming you’ve stopped by a Disney store to pick up a pair of free 3-D glasses. Other activities include jigsaw puzzles, pictures kids can digitally finger paint, song with highlighted lyrics, and two simple games that let kids control Woody as he hang glides from a paper airplane and Buzz as he “falls with style” across a room. The only issue we encountered was that the app froze three times during the hour we tested it.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$8.99
Release date:June 16, 2010
Category:Books
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.0

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bykleigh8 July 5, 2010
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Okay, not great - here is why

There are obvious gaps in the story line that left my 5 year old confused. There is also "stealing," when the grown man stels the toy even though the mom says she doesn't want to sell the toy. Overall, it was an okay app.

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