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The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Enchanted Tales

November 6, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A modern retelling of the peter rabbit stories ...

This is a unique offering from Oceanhouse Media, based on a print book that accompanied a straight-to-VHS animated series produced in 1995. The story is a modern adaptation of the peter rabbit story with cartoon illustrations and original music to enhance the digital reading experience. It is very appealing to children, but one of those titles that many parents will want to pass on for shared reading. Even the reviews for the VHS production reflect that while adults may not find this adaptation particularly enjoyable, kids, on the other hand, love it.

The story itself is rather long and windy, as Peter meets new forest friends and trecherous enemies before finally discovering his sisters all safe at home (although the story doesn't seem to explain how the girls got home beyond saying they 'stuck together'). This title has some light interactive elements, mostly additional dialogue and sound effects. The text also highlights the words that are associated with many of the images, for instance, if you tap Peter, the word "Peter" highlights briefly in the text.

Overall this is a nice title for children with lots of entertainment value. It has words that highlight as read and can be enjoyed with or without audio elements. There is no page guide (which would be nice in such a long title), but other than that this is a well-made digital book with lots of appeal for its target audience.

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The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Enchanted Tales

November 6, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Diane Eskenazi/Golden Films Production

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
15 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
54 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Enchanted Tales

Peter rabbit is left in charge of his sisters one day, much to his chagrin. He gets so annoyed at his siblings that he runs out of the house 'hopping mad'. He runs into his cousin Benny and they decide to get a snack out of a nearby garden (Mr. McGregor's). In order to keep his sisters quiet while he and Benny trespass, Peter puts them in a crate.

Inside the garden, Benny and Peter feast on fresh carrots until they are spotted by Mr. McGregor's cat. The two bunnies hide in a bucket, but while they are hiding, the mailman comes and takes the box with Peter's sisters away. Once the cat is gone, the two come out but now they must find Peter's siblings!

Benny & Peter meet a little mouse named Trevor who tells them he can take them to Zanzibar (as the crate was addressed to go there). The three now head out to find the crate and free Peter's sisters. They cross a river and then meet a rabbit named Fluff who suggests they try to catch the mailman instead. Now the foursome heads into the woods for some berries for lunch. When they come to a stone wall they meet a little squirrel who helps them over. But Benny lands in a foxhole, right in a boiling pot of water.

The rabbits outsmart the fox and then head toward the train tracks. They miss the train carrying the crate with Peter's sisters. The rest of the animals abandon Peter when he admits he doesn't know where the crate is going. He had made up the name Zanzibar and had no idea where to go next.

Soon Peter meets up with the motley crew of the hedgehog, fox and cat that had tried to eat him and his friends earlier in their journey. They have all of Peter's friends in a sack and want to add Peter to their catch. Peter manages to wrestle and fight with this trio until they drop the sack and his friends are freed.

Peter then heads home, despondent that he has lost his dear sisters. And yet the girls are all at home when he arrives. The girls say they stuck together which helped them get home. They have a delicious dinner. The end.

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Links to: AppStore, Web, Facebook, Twitter

App Release Date:
2011-10-05

 






Size: 19.67 MB

Version: 1.08

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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