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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Unwanted Guest is a folk tale about a poor old man who is visited by a big, naked giant -- the personification of poverty. Poverty continues to grow, until it forces the man out of his own home. He needs to learn a lesson about hard work and industry being the key to ridding oneself of this particular unwanted guest. Be aware that while it is said in the story that Poverty is naked, only his head, arms, and legs are ever seen. The story is wonderfully narrated, but text is not highlighted during the reading, so it may not be as easy for learning readers to follow along.
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The folk tale retold in UNWANTED GUEST is at times eerie, inspirational, and genuinely moving. It may have a rather simplified moral about hard work being the way to fend off poverty, but that point is certainly made well within these virtual pages. The look and style of the app is a perfect companion to the just-as-gorgeous Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross storybook app (also by Moving Tales). As with that previous app, each reading of the story can present you with altered "camera angles," so you see the same illustrations from a different viewpoint. It makes successive readings all the more appealing, which is a good thing in a storybook app that doesn't pack in games or coloring pages as bonus content. This is just a powerful story, well told through a combination of excellent narration and beautiful artwork.