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The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days

November 9, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Another delightful digital translation of the Berenstain Bears ...

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Sick Days is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2009. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

This formula, sometimes criticized for being too moralistically simplistic, has been a fast favorite of millions of young readers and their families for several generations. The appeal of these books cannot be overlooked, however, covering useful lessons and topics that are nearly universal for most families. Children, my own included, seem to adore this ursine family and their quaint neighborhood, making the Berenstain Bearsa regular treat at bedtime in our house, in particular. While we don't love every story equally, we do love the characters themselves, almost unconditionally, like our own family.

In Sick Days, the cubs are sick, staying home from school and making "more work for Mama." From drinking lots of liquids and hot soup, to a day on the couch watching TV while Mama bustles about, the cubs gets the royal treatment until they're on the mend. Mama comes down with their cold next, however. Brother Bear says, "Poor Mama, she can't even stay home from school. She doesn't got to school!" But Papa does step up, for a happy and healthy ending.

Like the other digital Berenstain Bears books from Oceanhouse Media, this title is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of the bears, items around the house & neighborhood), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. Settings include the ability to record your own narration, disable sound effects and/or interactivity, as well as a nice page-guide.

The Berenstain Bears books have been favorites of more than one generation of parents and children. Now, thanks to Oceanhouse Media, they have a new life in digital. But even in this modern medium, the messages themselves are timeless. We enjoyed this app and if you need a book about illness, staying home from school or just taking a 'sick day', this is a great choice.

Recommended!

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The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days

November 9, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
12 - 15 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
28 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days

Join the Berenstain Bears in this interactive book app as Sister Bear wakes up sick one day and has to stay home from school! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. How will Mama take care of Sister and get her healthy and back to school? [From iTunes]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Record, Page Guide, News On/Off, Sound Effects/Interactions On/Off, Home, Links: (Under Parental Gate) AppStore, FB, Twitter, Email, Web, Privacy Policy

App Release Date:
2014-03-12

 






Size: 38.75 MB

Version: 2.5

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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