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A Parcel of Courage - interactive picture book with an extra original set o...

February 4, 2015

By: Carisa Kluver

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Fear of flying? Maybe your grandkids need to make you a 'parcel' of courage with their special wishes baked into the cookies!

Three young boys wonder one day, how far away do grandma and grandpa live? They want their grandparents to visit, but they live VERY far away, a 10-11 hour plane ride, in fact. And Grandma is afraid of flying. How can they help her? Their mother suggests an idea. Perhaps if they bake "courage cookies" grandma will feel better about the trip. Throughout this sweet story, kids can explore pages beyond the edges of the screen, find hidden suprises, solve puzzles and more!

This interactive storybook begins with an enchanting and engaging story. It is well-written and thoughtfully tailored to the interests of young children and their families. Filled with well-designed games and activities, this rich reading experience will enchant young readers for hours. The activities can interrupt the narrative, however, and are not easily skipped. Small hints are included but could be improved. The app includes over a half-dozen animated & interactive activities tied to the narravite, along with four games children can play at the end, based on the story and focused on educational objectives. They include pattern reconigtion, counting/addition, spatial awareness puzzles and memory games.

Overall, this is a delightful storybook, lacking only a way to read the book without any enhancements. This makes it an ideal choice for almost any time, besides bedtime, for readers ages 4+. Great themes make this a nice title to tailor for classroom or library use. Our little field-testers loved it and were especially fond of the games, playing long after the story was over. As parents, we were especially impressed that reading comprehension did not suffer at all as a result of all the digital additions ... our young testers could tell us the story in great detail after reading and playing together. Language options: Russian/English.

Highly Recommended!

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February 4, 2015

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Mariya Stavinskaya/Antonina Aloksandrova

Developer:
Mariya Stavinskaya

Length (time):
15 - 30 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 9 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
0 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - A Parcel of Courage - interactive picture book with an extra original set of 4 learning games

Explore 15 lovely interactive pages, play inside the story and complete 7 tasks to unlock a wonderful magic lantern making your own wish come true! 

Enjoy 4 amusing games and learn sequencing skills, simple math concepts, improve spatial reasoning skills, develop a photographic memory and have a truly aesthetic experience! 

Read the book, play inside the story and help your peers meet their much loved Grandma!

+ constract a marble run
+ bake a courage chocolate cookies
+ send a magic letter to granny
+ help grandpa clean the backyard
+ pack a suitcase with presents 
+ and do many more good deeds 

And by the way listen to the joyful songs, sing the ABC and dance together with Alex, Max and Leo. Don’t forget to find out how to say hello in so many languages, find out what mean of transportation is the fastest, and finally, make a real full of fun photo-shoot with your new friends.

Once the mission is complete, take a rest and go on playing. I PLAY mode will amaze you with 4 games, mysterious outfits and one huge SURPRISE!

TARGET AUDIENCE
Created for families with children aged from 3-6 years who want to connect emotionally with their children and provide them with some brain-training activity both for the right and left brains.

+ No banners, no ads, COPPA compliant
+ No in-App purchases
+ The app has a parents protected area

KEY FEATURES
+ Amazing graphics and smart interaction design.
+ Great chance to remember about children's grandparents and shower them with a lot of love, whether they live across the globe, or down the street.
+ Tips and hints for kids and the possibility to manage the text bubbles.
+ The English version voiced by a talented British educator Lucy Briggs.
+ Original soundtrack and modern children’s tunes.
+ Personalization and options for saving the games results for all family members.
+ Laconic navigation menu design and intuitive interface.
+ Children safe with no in-app purchases, ads or unprotected external links
+ The application has been created in close collaboration with kids.

Brain-training games:

*Restaurant
A game where the kid takes the role of a waiter and plays with Grandma, recommending to her a number of cuisines. Grandma has a very good appetite! It gets kids to strengthen their numeracy skills and learn simple math concepts.

*Post Office
This is an absolutely fab idea, getting children to attach stamps with funny animals, mark stamps as real postmen and send mails to friends and family. The game teaches children to maintain sequences and identify patterns. 

*Suitcase 
This game gets children to fit the funniest and most delicious gifts in Grandma's travel 
suitcase. As much a puzzle game as it is a tool to develop skills of spatial reasoning. 

*Mandala 
Aimed to enhance the work of the right brain hemisphere, this game is based on the method of Japanese Professor Makoto Shichida. It caters to the individual needs of kids to nourish their inner genius with fun. Capture and learn to distinguish different colors. The color wheel is designed to help naturally form colour perception and aesthetic preferences. 

Every game's level rewards kids with a mysterious outfits which finally transform into a magical airship. 

Special technical features:
+ The frontal camera is used to created hilarious pics with your favorite characters.
+ 3D graphics in full use to let the players travel beyond the display.
+ The display and navigation buttons blocked from the accidental contact.

[Source: iTunes]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read, Listen, Play, Language (Russian/English), Music/Narration Volume, Links (under parental gate): AppStore, eMail, Web, Facebook, Twitter, Privacy Policy

App Release Date:
2014-12-30

 






Size: 173.92 MB

Version: 1.0.1

Lite Version Available: Yes

 

 

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