Based on a 2011 print title by the same name, Love You Back! is a love story written from a little girl to her grandmother. Reflecting on the tender care her grandma gave her when she was little, the girl in the story says, "Now your days are longer ... and mine are too short. The times that we meet are further apart, but grandma I come to you to say with my whole heart, I love you back!"
My own paternal grandmother passed away just two weeks ago and this title hit me in the gut, making me wish I had thanked her more before she was unable to recognize me. The touching care we give to our elderly loved ones is such a wonderful subject for a storybook and makes for a perfect read for grandkids to share with their grandparents.
This heartwarming story is narrated, although it also has settings that allow you to record your own narration, which would be even better. There are no settings to navigate the app or turn off the background music, which is a shame since it is not music I would have chosen for this story, feeling perhaps a bit too somber and melancholy. I would recommend the addition of a page-guide and a way to turn the music off.
There is also a single link from the opening screen that links directly to the web to "buy the book". This leads to a broken website (in theory it would be a link to purchase the print version of this title), which gives the impression that this app is not being well looked after. There is also no parental gate nor even a secondary menu asking if you want to leave the app. I would strongly suggest the developer consider removing or gating this in the next update.
Readers should also know that there is no interactivity, animation or other enhancements within this app, so it is more like an iBook or simple digital eBook. The text does not highlight, nor are there any extras bundled with the book. What is left is the simple storytelling magic of a good picture book, full of beautiful art and well crafted verses that will pull on your heart-strings.
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Umesh Shukla/András Balogh
0 - 0 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8 +
Grandmothers are an essential part of all our lives. This app is gifted to our grandmothers as an acknowledgment of the love, caring and generosity they shower us with in our childhood and always.
Download it yourself to share it with your grandmother or download it for her iPad.
Personalization - record your own voice and play it back for yourself or for your grandma.
Three modes of playback - read to me, read myself and auto play mode.
**A wonderful, touching story about the love of a Grandmother and grandchild. With it's bright, beautiful colors, this short and simple book illustrates the special love and bond that a Grandmother and her grandchild have.
This is one of those books I would have bought for Grandmother when I was younger and one my kids will share with their Grandma. This story is written in such a way that is both meaningful and insightful for both the reader and the person giving this one of kind, unique gift from the heart. The warm illustrations compliment this story perfectly, and it's one of those books that will be cherished for it's story, illustrations, and personal letter than can be written on the last page of the book.** - MundiKids Review