This storybook app is only lightly enhanced with snow falling and interactive elements that name the images in the illustrations, but it does capture the classic story with all the important details. From the abominable snowman, misfit toys and foggy night where Rudolf's nose could 'glow so bright', Oceanhouse Media has brought a Christmas tradtion to the digital reading space. This is a solidly made app and guaranteed to enhance youngsters holiday spirit!
Updated 11/29/2012 (initiatial publication date: 11/24/2011) - New features include recordable narration and page guide as well as settings to turn off sound effects, interactivity and hints.
This app is part of a special post for Winter Holiday Books in our blog, The Digital Media Diet. This is one of our many seasonal & recommended reading lists. Publication Date: Winter 2011
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
12 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 9
Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939 as an assignment for Montgomery Ward. The retailer had been buying and giving awaycoloring books for Christmas every year and it was decided that creating their own book would save money. May considered naming the reindeer "Rollo" and "Reginald" before deciding upon using the name "Rudolph". In its first year of publication, 2.5 million copies of Rudolph's story were distributed by Montgomery Ward. The story is written as a poem in the meter of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". Publication and reprint rights for the book Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are controlled by Pearson Plc. Maxton Books published the first mass-market edition of Rudolph and also published a sequel, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Shines Again in 1954.
The story chronicles the experiences of Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck (male) who possesses an unusual luminous red nose. Harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers because of this trait, Rudolph manages to prove himself one Christmas Eve after Santa Claus catches sight of his nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, and is rewarded with exceptional recognition and social acceptance amongst his fellow reindeer for his heroism.