This version of the fairy tale "Rapunzel" is well-written and nicely narrated. The book does not have any additional features, but it is has simple settings for narration and easy page turn using arrows. The story itself has lovely graphics that have a patchwork-quilt quality, reminiscent of several layers of fabric prints cut into shapes to make up most of the images. It reminded me a bit of the felt-board stories we use in my son's preschool.
My son enjoyed the story, but it was a bit over his head at times, like when the man tries to get the Rapunzel plant to 'satiate' his wife's cravings. The text of the story was also very small despite ample blank space on the page, so I would suggest enlarging it to reduce eye-strain for weary parents.
I usually read a book many times with and without my child, which also gives me an opportunity to determine if the book is stable as well. Unfortunately this book crashed several times while I was trying to review it, usually at the point where Rapunzel is about to turn into a young woman and gets put in the tower, although it did crash several other places as well.
With a little work on the apps stability, this book would certainly be a good bedtime read for children 6 .
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
4 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 6 - 10 +
Rapunzel begins with a couple that 'desperately' wants a child. A beautiful garden controlled by a powerful sorceress was visible from their window. The woman, large with child, has a craving for the plant called Rapunzel, available only in the witch's garden. The sorceress catches her husband stealing this plant and punishes him by taking the couple's baby as soon at it is born, and names the little girl, "Rapunzel". When the girl turns 12, the sorceress locks her in a tower and comes to visit by having Rapunzel lower her braids, so that the sorceress could climb up into the tower. The prince is riding by one day and sees Rapunzel and falls instantly in love. The prince comes back later and calls up, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair." He declares his love and after many daily visits, asks her to marry him. When the sorceress finds out she cuts off Rapunzel's braids and takes her to the wilderness to abandon her. Later that day, the prince comes to see Rapunzel. The sorceress throws down the braids (now cut from the maiden's head) and tricks the prince; as he climbs up, she lets go of the braids and the prince falls into the thorn-bushes, which pierce his eyes and blind him. He wanders for years until he hears a familiar voice. Rapunzel recognizes him and her tears of joy heal his eyes. They are wed at the castle and live happily ever after.