This is a top notch app for imaginative storytelling! A young boy notices a star fall one night and attempts to find it as it falls behind the mountains. In his quest, he meets a cat and they go together to the "Tower of Time" where they are able to restore the star to the sky. The app has nice graphics and background music along with nice narration that highlights word-by-word.
This title, from StoryChimes, has a style that I don't find especially appealing overall, but this is one of their nicest offerings. There is a 'chime' at the point you need to turn the page and text is in a clear font that scrolls at the bottom of the screen in what is sometimes called 'karaoke style'. Simple arrow page turns and an array of settings round out this well-made book. StoryChimes provides a solid platform for this title, even if it is a bit uninspired.
This app has no real 'enhancements' that take advantage of the digital tablet, so no interactive or animated elements. The 'extra' is a matching game based on images from the book that most kids with iPads will find underwhelming. But the real highlight of this book is the story itself, along with lovely computer drawn graphics that capture the imaginative journey quite well.
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Siena Entertainment LLC
12 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9
A young boy watches the night sky and sees little stars hanging in the sky from threads. Suddenly one of the threads breaks so the boy runs to try and find this 'shooting star'. On his way he stops when he hears a cat crying in a nearby tree.
The boy decides to try and help the cat get down from the tree it is stuck in ... and the cat promises to help him find the star. Just as they get to the place where they think the star may have fallen, the sun comes up. They arrive at the same time at the 'Castle of Time' where they go in and look at the gears and old father time working away.
The boy wants to climb a long staircase, but the cat is too scared of heights. As the two run out of the castle they see three rabbits and an owl. The boy asks the owl for help finding the star. The owl answers in a riddle, "Follow what can run but doesn't have legs, which has a bed and never sleeps, and you'll find the star."
The boy solves this puzzle quickly, saying it is the river, which they then follow toward the mountains. Aong the road they meet singing flowers and walking trees before arriving at a big lake where the river ends. They search everywhere for the star until nightfall. Once it is dark and the stars come back out, the boy exclaims that he can see the star floating in the lake.
The boy dips into the water and rescues the star. They don't know how to put the star back into the sky, though. The cat suggests they return to the Castle of Time and go up the staircase that leads to the top of the tower. There are little windows along the wall of the circular stairway, and in these windows the boy sees himself watching the stars just the other night. It's the 'windows to the past' says the cat.
When the pair reaches the top of the tower, they give the star back to the sky. The stars are grateful to have their friend back and give him a gift of thanks.
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