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The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Influence

November 6, 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. The Bad Influence is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2008. 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 The Bad Influence, sister bear has a new friend named Miranda. They ride their bikes all over town, causing trouble everywhere that Mama and Miranda's Mama hear about right away. From destroying a vegetable garden to riding through wet cement, the two girls cause a lot of headaches for their neighbors. Both Mamas blame the 'new friend' for this bad behavior but in the end, it is clear both girls are responsible for their own actions and need to make amends. They plant a new garden, pave a new walkway and learn an important lesson along the way.

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 to explain the complexities of friendship, making up for bad deeds and more, this is a great choice.

Recommended!

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The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Influence

November 6, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
8 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
18 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Influence

Join Sister Bear in this interactive book app as she gets into trouble with her new friend Miranda! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. When Mama Bear finds out about all the trouble, will she want Sister to stop playing with Miranda? [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:
2013-09-04

 






Size: 30.12 MB

Version: 2.5

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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