From developer Protein comes a powerful anti-bullying storybook about a little girl named Buttercup Bree. She is a lonely girl, picking daisies in a forest with beautiful piano music in the background in the first scene. Soon we learn that little Miss Bree is hoping to meet other children on the playground in this desolate environment, so she decorates with her daisy chains. But bullies soon appear ...
Reading options include Read & Play. Read mode provides only Kate Winslet's lovely narration, meant to allow owners of the physical book to have a read-aloud option. In Play mode children must complete the actions or interactions with the screen before a page turn arrow appears. Hints are available but require fluent reading so an adult will need to read-along or be available to help alongside any pre-readers. The interactions are very fun and unique, including blowing into the microphone to get the dandelion seeds to spread.
The bullies and atmosphere are also very dark and a bit too scary for very young children, making this app appropriate for at least ages 4-5 and up and not especially suitable for bedtime reading. The ending is very uplifting however, making for a great discussion at storytime about what it means to be a good friend, how to help someone being bullied, and more.
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Galvin Davis/Anthony Ishinjerro
Protein One Pty Ltd
15 - 20 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8
Daisy Chain is an interactive story with game-elements, narrated by Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet. The app is the sequel to the #1 Book App, Dandelion. It has been designed to help children guide the hero, Buttercup Bree, through pages of challenges and overcome the angry bullies. By helping Buttercup use her magic Daisies, you can help her move through the dark world that surrounds her and bring colour and light to the pages. Listen to the inspiring story told to you by one of the world's most respected and successful actresses, be absorbed by the incredible soundtrack and take each game-like challenge to the next level.