Rom and the whale of dreams by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd. – Review

Rom and the whale of dreams by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd. – Review



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What we love…

Beautiful illustrations and story about a boy named Rom and a whale that he sees in his dreams and seeks to find him.  We loved the interactivity of the book and the illustrations which sprang to life at the touch of a finger

What we’d love to see…

the ability to have both translations read at the same time as well as having the translation a bit easier to read instead of tucked at the bottom of the page

Summary

Beautifully illustrated storybook app featuring the story of a boy and how he brought dreams back to his town.  Illustrations are spectacular and it is a great way to expose children to multiple languages as well.

Our Rating

Rom and the whale of dreamsRom and the Whale of Dreams by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd is a interactive storybook app designed for iPad featuring the story of Rom and a dream that he has about a whale night after night.  Rom told his parents about his dreams which kept coming back night after night – which was remarkable since no one in the kingdom had had a dream for over 1,000 years.  Rom begins a search for the magical whale and borrowed his father’s horse.  The app features translation from English, Spanish and Chinese and highlights specific words from the text to feature them as part of the translation.  Belmontis was founded by a husband and wife dream to help their daughter learn about the global culture.

This story featuring Rom has beautiful illustrations and narration as well as a variety of touchable animations that help bring the story to life for the readers. The text for the story is a bit different from the standard as it moves around the story rather than being the standard lines of text you would expect in a standard storybook.  We loved reading about all the kites and journeys as well as their imagination when the whale first appeared in Rom’s story.  My favorite part was touching the illustrations and seeing them come to life, as well as allowing my imagination to come to life during the story.   We read the story first in English and then in Spanish so that we could hear both translations.

iPad Screenshot 3In terms of enhancements, I would like to see an option to have both the text read in the regular language as well as in the translation.  Currently the translation is on the bottom of the page and can be a bit hard to read as it is in white text on a grey box that it is quite small. I also found that several times the page arrows covered up the text making it hard for the reader to follow along with the text.   Another enhancement I would like to see is the ability to have the text re-read after the page is read – there were a few times that I touched on the animation only to find that it flipped the page.  After a sneeze from Rom, the whale has been freed from dreams and the people of Malba are again able to sleep. It would be fun if the storybook had a “sneeze” sound to go along with the text.

The app features no external links or in-app purchases and is aimed toward elementary school aged children and older.  It is a great way to expose children to a second language via  storybook.  The English narration as well as the Spanish narration were well done and the language spoken.  Beautifully illustrated storybook app featuring the story of a boy and how he brought dreams back to his town.  Illustrations are spectacular and it is a great way to expose children to multiple languages as well.

Rom and the whale of dreams
Rom and the whale of dreams
by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd.

Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 206.81 MB

$2.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 The iMums Christmas App Roundup 2013

The iMums Christmas App Roundup 2013



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The iMums wanted to share some of our Christmas and holiday themed app favorites with you. Below is a short summary of each of the apps along with links to our reviews as they have been completed. We hope that you will enjoy these apps as much as we have with our families.

Charlie Brown Christmas by Loud Crow Interactive is a real taste of nostalgia – featuring both the pictures and audio from the classic Christmas movie, with the addition of narration by Peter Robbins, who was the original voice of Charlie Brown. You can switch the narration on or off and the text is highlighted as it is read. The original music from the movie plays in the background and a nice feature is that you can control the music volume independently of the narration. Version 2.0 of the app added the director’s cut as a free in-app purchase. I would recommend installing this before starting to use the app as it adds 4 scenes, 2 activities and an extra carol. Read iMum Mary’s review
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

A Charlie Brown Christmas + iMessage Sticker Pack! A Charlie Brown Christmas + iMessage Sticker Pack! by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 116.23 MB

$4.99USD

VeggieTales: It’s a Merry Larry Christmas by Cupcake Digital is a universal Christmas themed app for iOS. The app opens in a mall with seven different  shops where you can do a different tasks and earn candy canes as a prize for completing the tasks.  This is a fun Christmas themed app with a variety of games to have fun!  Check out our featured app overview and giveaway .

VeggieTales: It’s a Very Merry Larry Christmas – Cupcake Digital

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The Berenstain Bears and The Nutcracker by OceanHouse Media has been released just in time for the holidays. In this story Brother, Sister, and Honey open their presents on
Christmas morning. Among their presents is a Nutcracker Bear which Papa reminds them is from The Nutcracker ballet they saw on TV. At first, the cubs weren’t too
interested in it, choosing instead to play with their new toys. It didn’t take very long for the cubs to get bored. With plenty of time before dinner, Papa suggests they
entertain themselves by using their imagination. The cubs think this is a splendid idea and soon find themselves lost in the world of The Nutcracker. Read Fides review.
The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker – Oceanhouse Media

The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker by Oceanhouse Media
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 47.75 MB

$3.99USD

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad- Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Little Critter attempts to make Christmas special for his Mom and Dad. He tries different things such as making cookies, picking out a Christmas tree, and wrapping presents, but each time the results are not quite what he was hoping for. Even though Little Critter messes up at everything he tries, you can’t help but fall in love with him. He is charming and funny as he explains what he did and what happened when he did it. My kid and I really enjoyed this story. Read our review.
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad – Little Critter – Oceanhouse Media

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media

Price: $1.99 USD

Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he helps his family prepare for Christmas! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Will Little .

Felt Board Christmas by Software Smoothie has become a quick favorite in out home this season. It is similar in every way to the original Felt Board but comes with a huge assortment of Christmas themed pieces such as the nativity, Santa, reindeer, snowmen, gingerbread cookies, snowmen, ornaments, and stockings. Read Fides review
Felt Board Christmas – Software Smoothie

Felt Board Christmas Felt Board Christmas by Software Smoothie
Category: Education, Educational, Family, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 338.63 MB

$2.99USD

Santa’s Suit is Missing by Ginger Whale Apps is a story about Christmas Eve and it is snowing at the North Pole. It is your first day in Santa’s workshop, but all the work is done, the presents are packed, and the other elves are sleeping. You are feeling disappointed to have missed all the fun, when suddenly your Santa Phone beeps – Santa needs you!! Santa has lost his suit and needs a new one before he heads off to deliver the presents. You rush to the village to find him the perfect outfit. What will you get first ? Boots? A hat? A suit? There are lots to choose from, will you get him a traditional Santa outfit or something different? Maybe a ballerina outfit or an astronaut suit ? A Jester’s outfit or your own unique combination? Once you made your choices you take the suit back to Santa – but what will he think ? You’ll have to read Santa’s Suit is Missing story to find out. Read iMum Mary’s review
Santa’s Suit is Missing! – Ginger Whale Pty. Ltd.

Santa's Suit is Missing! Santa's Suit is Missing! by Ginger Whale Pty. Ltd.
Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 42.55 MB

$0.99USD

Ruldolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by OceanHouse Media features our favorite red nosed reindeer is back. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, like other Oceanhouse Media books, features a “read it to me”, “read it myself” and “autoplay” mode allowing individuals to interact with the book. This book includes audio snippets from the TV special as well as a musical soundtrack. We loved the illustrations, straight from the timeless 1964 TV special including Rudolph’s glowing nose and some dialog from the characters including Santa and Ruldolph. We also really liked the music and the falling snow during the story. The text highlights during the “read it to me” feature and snippets from the TV special are included in the narration, while others are hidden in the app which you can find by touching various items on the page. Read iMum Alison & Mary’s review
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Oceanhouse Media

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Oceanhouse Media
Category: Reference
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 27.53 MB

$3.99USD

Tacky’s Christmas by OceanHouse Media is a seasonal offering in the popular Tacky the Penguin series of books written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, and brought to the app store by Oceanhouse Media. The story tells the tale of Christmas in Nice Icy Land. The penguins are busy choosing and wrapping gifts. Sadly, in Nice Icy Land Santa doesn’t visit (you may need to explain to your children why Tacky is pretending to be Santa), so Tacky has volunteered to dress up as Santa. The friends are also busy making Christmas ornaments and singing carols when they realise there are no trees to hang their ornaments on. Tacky volunteers to help out by being both Santa and the tree (at the same time). As usual with Tacky, things don’t quite go to plan, but he ends up saving the day and everyone has a Happy Christmas. Tacky is an odd bird, but a nice bird to have around – especially at Christmas. Read iMum Mary’s review
Tacky’s Christmas – Oceanhouse Media

Tacky’s Christmas Tacky’s Christmas by Oceanhouse Media
Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 22.04 MB

$3.99USD

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’Twas The Night Before Christmas by BlackFish is a traditional version of ’Twas The Night Before Christmas , with fun interactive elements, seasonal music and sound effects this is well worth downloading. I like the ability to customize the book and to record your own narration and that you get it both as a stand alone book and in the bookshelf app. Overall, if you are looking for a nice traditional version of ’Twas The Night Before Christmas, illustrations with a warm, cozy feel, fun interactive elements, seasonal music and sound effects this is well worth downloading. I like the ability to customize the book and to record your own narration. I also like that you can choose to have it as either a stand alone book or in the bookshelf app (without having to buy it twice) and that the two link up seamlessly. I would also recommend checking out the Blackfish children’s Bookstore app and downloading the free books to check them out. Read iMum Mary’s review
’Twas The Night Before Christmas – Blackfish

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Cookie Doodle by Shoe the Goose is a virtual cookie shop without the mess! Do you enjoy decorating cookies with your family? Cookie Doodle by Shoe the Goose is a universal app where children make a recipe, bake and then decorate a virtual cookie with none of the mess associated with baking at home. The app features 24 , over 200 cookie cutters, photo cookie dough, and 85 different toppings. You can practice recipes with tasks like naming the various objects in the recipe, sifting, rolling, mixing and using cookie cutters to shape the cookies. The recipes can be used in real life to make cookies and help your child practice naming items, measuring, sequencing and fine motor skills. Read iMum Alison’s review
Cookie Doodle

Cookie Doodle Cookie Doodle by Shoe the Goose
Category: Education, Games, Family, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 44.46 MB

$0.99USD

My First Christmas Crosswords (and Spelling) Puzzle by Irina Koenig of Katz Apps is an app designed to help teach spelling, crosswords and uses pictures to help teach via a Pictionary game. It contains simple crossword puzzles with letters and a variety of levels. The app practices both upper case and lower case letters and allows you to earn snowflakes after words are completed as well as showing hints for younger users. It is available for multiple players and also practices letter names and sounds.
My First Christmas Crosswords (and Spelling) Puzzle – Irina Koenig

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Five Little Monkeys Christmas by Loeschware is a Christmas themed app featuring my favorite little Monkeys! The app features an an interactive counting game with a musical touch based upon the popular nursery rhyme. This app helps toddlers and preschoolers practice early literacy skills with word highlighting, repetition, addition and subtraction practicing early math skills and of course lots of fun. The app features three different musical scores including, “rock”, “country” and “pop”. This is perfect to work on counting, expressive and receptive language as well as a fun way to learn! You can also enter to win $50 in iTunes or Amazon cash just for reviewing apps from Loeschware – be sure to check out our giveaway!
Five Little Monkeys Christmas HD – LoeschWare

Five Little Monkeys Christmas Five Little Monkeys Christmas by LoeschWare
Category: Games, Educational, Education, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 26.39 MB

$0.99USD


Five Little Monkeys Christmas HD Five Little Monkeys Christmas HD by LoeschWare
Category: Games, Education, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 26.39 MB

$1.99USD

Koala’s Xmas by Oleg Mitoyan is a story of an Australian Koala who is on the hunt for a polar bear who sent him an invitation to visit a Polar Bear and experience “the cold north”. They travel all around and find a variety of animals including a Panda Bear, Brown Bear and they learn about the sky and stars and how to get to the North Pole. They have a variety of methods of transportation including a rocket ship, skis, barrels and tusks shaped as skates during their journey! Finally the animals make it to the North and meet the Polar Bear. All proceeds from the sales will be handed over to the Gift of Life foundation (). The organization helps Russian children to overcome cancer.
Koala’s Xmas – Oleg Mitoyan

Koala's Christmas - How Koala was looking for Polar Bear - Interactive story for children Koala's Christmas - How Koala was looking for Polar Bear - Interactive story for children by Oleg Mitoyan
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 66.21 MB

$FREE

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss This classic Christmas tale stays true to the original book rather than the movie and is told in the simple black, white and red line drawings of the book. It does have a retro Dr Seuss feel to it, but its message about the true meaning of Christmas is as true today as when the book was first published in 1957. Read our review here
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss – Oceanhouse Media

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Oceanhouse Media
Category: Reference
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 43.69 MB

$3.99USD

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 A trip to the moon (From the earth to the moon) by Jekolab Srl – Review

A trip to the moon (From the earth to the moon) by Jekolab Srl – Review



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What we love…

engaging story about space exploration

What we’d love to see…

the text be easier to find on the pages rather than being scattered around the illustrations

Summary

An interesting twist on a trip to the moon with details such as touchable animation, the ability to fly a spaceship  and practice other fine motor skills within the story.

Our Rating

Reviewed by Alison

A trip to the moon (From the earth to the moon)A Trip to the Moon by Jekolab SRL is a universal app for iOS that is in the format of a storybook about Dottor B and his companions as they build a spacecraft that will take them to the moon.  Once the spaceship is built and they have successfully made the trip, they discover a few unusual things on the moon like moon flowers, and the evil Selenites who they manage to hypnotize to escape from the Moon.  This app is designed for children from age 6 – 10 although I would suggest that children from age 4-8 would enjoy it as well.  The text and narration are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and the book features word highlighting throughout when the story is read aloud.  The app contains interaction as well as hidden surprises which pop up when you shake your device gently.

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The book is engaging and covers a great topic, space exploration.  I really liked that you could record your own voice and narration to tell the story which might or might not match up with the words contained within.  My son especially enjoyed exploring the moon flowers and the cave, that is until we discovered the evil creatures which lurked within.  I had to explain to him that the story was a fairy tale and was not meant to be true – as he asked why the illustrations were so different than what he had seen in other stories about the moon.  For example, the train seemed a little bit out of place versus a rover which one would traditionally expect – although it was an interesting “twist”.   The narrator’s tone of voice took on the different accents of each of the characters as they interacted within the story – which to my kindergartner was a bit confusing as some of the words were a little harder to explain.  Another one of our favorite parts of the story was where we imagined what we might find on the moon if we went there.  I asked my son to describe to me what he thought might be there.

In terms of enhancements to the book – it felt like on several pages that the text was an afterthought and had to be fit around the illustrations.  I found this a bit disconcerting especially as it required me to “hunt” for the next set of words that were in the story.    It would also be fun to “build” the spaceship after it is imagined by Dr. B since when you flip to the next page it is already built for you.  It might be fun for children to put the pieces together in a puzzle like format or at least be able to tap more on the pages to interact with the illustrations.

Interesting twist on a trip to the moon complete with details imagined by the authors.  This is a book meant for older children – especially when the weapons from the evil Selenites are introduced and the characters in the story must climb up ropes in order to escape from them.  The app was developed and certified by the Faculty of Education Sciences of the University of Turin – Department of Educational and learning technologies.   Other apps from Jekolab which we have reviewed include:  3 Little Pigs, an app roundup of their classical tales.  They will be introducing several new apps in the near future.

Turutu A trip to the moon
Turutu A trip to the moon
by Zofia Kosarzycka

Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 182.22 MB

$2.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Augui and the Mystery of the Fairy Valley – Interactive Storybooks – Review

Augui and the Mystery of the Fairy Valley – Interactive Storybooks – Review



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What we love…

lovely stories, beautiful graphics, plenty of interactive items

What we’d love to see…

Have pages open to navigate to at all times, difficulty setting for finding the rare ingredients

Summary

Enchanting adventure book series that will entertain children while teaching them about important virtues.

Our Rating

Augui and the Mystery of Fairy Valley by Sofia Caessa and Leleh Land Apps introduces children to Augui, the moon witch, and her adventures. The character of Augui is based on Sofia Caessa’s grandmother, Augusta. As a child, where everything is magical, Sofia believed her grandmother possessed the power of “healing, listening, and making delicious desserts.”

In Augui and the Mystery of Fairy Valley, we find out that the fairies of Mount Abacaba had been frozen in time by a terrible creature. Fortunately, the witches and wizards of Mount Satoo have discovered how to break the spell. Augui’s task is to find the 7 ingredients needed to make the spell: 2 amulets and 5 rare ingredients.
The adventure begins in Augui and The Rain Potion (purchased separately). In this story, Augui’s granddaughter Feelu accidentally drinks a rain potion which causes her to cry uncontrollably. Augui tries a moon spell to help Feelu, but it does not work. The reader is then invited to choose, among four options, what Augui and Feelu should do next. There is only one correct option, but it is quite fun to see the outcomes of the other options. Hidden also in this story is one of the ingredient needed to make the spell to free the fairies.
Augui is unique, beautifully done, and highly interactive. The main menu looks like a reading or study room. To the right is Augui sitting in chair and holding a book about fairies. Behind her is a window. The scene outside the window changes to reflect the current time, which my kids thought was really cool. To her left, is a bookshelf. Click on the books on the top row to read a story, change settings, access the help menu, and get more information about the developer and other Augui apps. The app can be set two one of two languages: English and Portuguese. However, you can’t change the language in the app, you have to change it through the device’s language settings. Narration can be turned on and off. There are no external links in this app, making it completely safe for children. Instead, parents are given the URL for the developer’s website and instructions on what to search for in the App Store.
This app uses pull-out banners to navigate within the story. The top right banner shows the text of the story. Clicking on this banner will cause the text to be re-read. Hints, if any, will be on the top left banner. On the right of each hint is a flower icon. The center of the flower turns green once the reader figures out what needs to be done. On the bottom right are the book pages. You can choose to return to a previous page, but you cannot skip to a later page unless you have read it already. Once you finish the book it resets automatically so that when you return it is as if you have not read it yet. I think it would be great if all pages were accessible all the time, especially since finding the hidden rare ingredient is not easy. My 11 year old daughter had a hard time figuring out how to get the rare ingredient and we had to go back to the story a few times to try and find it; it was quite time consuming to have to re-read every page again. The difficulty level is good because I believe a rare ingredient shouldn’t be too easy to find. However, it may be helpful in the future to have a difficulty setting to make it a bit easier for younger readers.
Augui’s stories are full of adventure, enchantment, and love. The author has written them in hopes of instilling virtues in children such as “love, friendship, peace, truth, loyalty, respect, and courage.” Each adventure will highlight one of these virtues. They are represented by each of the rare ingredients needed to free fairies. If your children love adventures and fairy tales, they are sure to love this app.

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