Miss Spider's Tea Party is a book series by author David Kirk, and fans of this title on the bookshelf will want to download a copy of their favorite Miss Spider in digital form. It's really a computer animated jewel. The 'play' feature is basically a movie packaged into the book, lasting nearly 6 minutes.
Once you are in the reading mode of the book, the interactivity brings the story alive and adds a magical quality to the whole experience. The audio is crisp & lovely with nice, relaxing background music that makes it okay at bedtime, if you can keep your child away from all the games and don't find the interactive elements too stimulating.
The pages of the book version (under "Read") are filled with cute animations ... buzzing bees, flapping wings of beautiful butterflies and the sounds of tea cups tinkling against their plates. None of these animations goes beyond dazzling for a moment, and some of the voices of the bugs were sort of annoying to me at times, but the overall effect is seemless with the story.
If you tap "Play" on the first page, the three games are shown. The puzzles & matching game are quite nicely done. The coloring pages, however, like a lot of coloring pages on touch screens, seemed cool but never got played with beyond a few minutes. My child usually played with this feature just long enough to leave me a partially colored picture in my photos file for later deletion.
The reason I know about this annoying photo issue, though, is because my child loves this title from begining to end and over and over again. Which is a sign of a pretty good book, I'd say. The narration is almost syrupy, in a way that might grate on adults with too many re-reads, but it is consistent with the author's lyrical style. This title is definitely worth a look, especially if you're a David Kirk fan. [iPad versions are available separately in multiple languages.]
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Callaway Digital Arts, Inc.
15 - 30 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 3 - 8 +
Miss Spider just wants to serve tea to the many insects around her, but they are all too scared to come close enough to find out her true intentions. She is a spider after-all. She asks herself, "So why do insects run away, As they catch sight of me, When all that I am trying to do, Is ask them in for tea?" The lonely Miss Spider seems to not realize that her fellow bugs, are very afraid of her, and attending her tea party might not seem like such a good idea from their perspective. It would even seem wise to assume a spider might be luring her meal with the innocent cups of tea. But soon they see how gracious a spider she really is. Beautiful garden scenes and lyrical verse. A classic from day one.