A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Loud Crow Interactive -Review and GIveaway

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Loud Crow Interactive -Review and GIveaway



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Reviewed by Alison & Mary

What we love…

Delightful adaptation of the 1973 television special with special twists added for iOS. Inspires nostalgia, is fun but also reminds us of the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Summary

This app treats the young and the old to a delightful rendition of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. We loved sharing it with our families and seeing the story brought to life in digital format. Well done!

Our Rating

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

When thinking of Thanksgiving with my family I have flashbacks to childhood memories of watching the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special on television. This brand new app for iOS from Loud Crow Interactive features the dialog, music and sound effects from the original special aired in 1973. The app features narration by Stephen Shea, the voice of Linus Van Pelt. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving can be read in three different modes: auto-play, read to me, and read myself. The app also includes word highlighting as it is read as well as touch to speak by tapping on specific words to have them re-read. In addition, children can collect leaves, touch and interact with the pages. The characters and objects bounce and wiggle as if on springs if you touch them, there are hidden sound effects, surprises and pull tabs which produce actions and bring the story to life.

The volume of the background music and sound effects can be independently adjusted. There is a page navigation tab allowing children to easily return to their favorite scenes. The app features a “ribbon style” page turning method where you slide your finger across the ribbon to move sequentially through the page until finishing the text, when the traditional page turn corner appears; this all happens automatically in auto-play allowing even the youngest reader to enjoy it. We liked that the parent lock required users to set a clock to a specific time before it would “unlock” the protected parent’s section.

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This iOS app is true to the television special and brought back many memories as we shared it with our families. The story is interactive and enjoyable, even for for the youngest of readers just listening as it is read. For those unfamiliar with the story, through a mis-understanding Charlie Brown ends up with a bunch of uninvited guests for Thanksgiving, he can’t cook and is going to his Grandma’s for his own Thanksgiving dinner, so what is he to do? With the help of his friends he pulls together a rather non-traditional Thanksgiving meal. At first some of his guests are not impressed, but they all learn a valuable lesson about what is truly important about Thanksgiving. The interactions on the page bring the story to life and help to engage the readers as well as encouraging them to follow along with the story. There are leaves hidden on every page and we made it a game with our children to see who could find the leaf first, while listening to the story. Mary’s son especially liked all the pull tabs and discovering that if you repeatedly pulled the tabs you could get the animation to repeat quickly. Some of our favorite interactions included Snoopy throwing everything out of the garage when hunting for a table, setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner, making stacks of toast fly and popping popcorn.

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This app, like the animated cartoon that inspired it, is sure to become a Thanksgiving classic. It is a great app on many fronts- it inspires nostalgia, and it is a lot of fun; but it also reminds us of what Thanksgiving should truly be about, to quote Marcie “We should be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving Charlie Brown.”

In summary – this app treats the young and the old to a delightful rendition of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. We loved sharing it with our families and seeing the story brought to life in digital format. Well done!

If you would like to download this app please use this link: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - A Peanuts Interactive Classic for All Ages
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - A Peanuts Interactive Classic for All Ages
by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Category: Entertainment, Books
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: 169.08 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.
 Bean’s Baby by appropo – Guest post from Digital Storytime

Bean’s Baby by appropo – Guest post from Digital Storytime



Reviewed by Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime

What we love…

simple story – similar to a board book designed for the youngest of listeners from baby through age three; beautiful illustrations

Summary

I rarely recommend an app for children under two, but this one is well adapted to the developmental needs of even the youngest listeners

Our Rating

An adorable black cat named Bean joins the app world after being introduced to toddlers in print in 1998. This is a precious series about a cat and “his” baby. We see Bean’s many ‘possessions’ … since anyone with a cat knows they ‘own’ everything in their environment. But in addition to Bean’s ball and his window, there is a baby introduced … so of course this will be Bean’s baby too. Cat and baby lovers will find this equally satisfying, as the timeless love affair begins between a real baby and the ‘baby’ of the household. Families will enjoy this book as they identify with the tension between a beloved pet and a new bundle of joy.

Author Sarah Hines Stephens shares this well-crafted story for the very youngest readers, with illustrations by Anna Grossnickle Hines. Anna’s illustrations can also be seen in another sweet book app, Not Without Bear. In print, this title was well-loved. It is pitch perfect for little fingers and ears, with a slow paced and simple story that begins with a single word, “Bean”, accompanied by an image of a beautiful black cat with green eyes.

This is not a riveting storyline … more akin to an early reader or board book. Very light animation and sound effects enhance the title in a very minimal way that is especially appropriate for young listeners. Lovely narration is optional, including word-for-word highlighting to enhance early literacy. The animation and interactivity could be more polished, but this title, created with Kwiksher software, is a great example of how to enhance a book for babies.

For audiences ages three and under, titles need to follow the motto of “less is more”. Bean’s Baby is a title that clearly took this advice to heart. When reading this book app with a young child, parents and caregivers can expect the minimal use of ‘bells and whistles’ to help kids focus on the main elements of the simple story. Books like this, in digital or print, are the backbone of building early literacy and for that reason alone, I highly recommend this title.

 

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The temptation among many developers of children’s stories in the app world is to add everything possible, but in the end it can overwhelm and over-stimulate young readers. The Bean’s Baby series shows off a style that is spot on for developmentally appropriate reading in app form. This book is available (at time of review) for free, with additional titles available for $1.99, making this a very reasonably priced series to add to any digital library for babies & toddlers. I rarely recommend an app for children under two, but this one is well adapted to the developmental needs of even the youngest listeners. Recommended! –

See the original review at Digital Storytime.


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Carisa Kluver is the the editor of Digital-Storytime.com, an iPad children’s book review site. She has a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MSW from the University of Washington. Before starting this project, she was a school counselor, health educator and researcher in child & maternal health.
 The Berenstain Bears Go Out to Eat by Oceanhouse Media – Review

The Berenstain Bears Go Out to Eat by Oceanhouse Media – Review



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What we love…

Great story, excellent features, plenty of reading and learning opportunities

What we’d love to see…

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Summary

A fantastic, feature-filled book that teaches children proper etiquette when dining out and appreciation of Mama’s hard work.

Our Rating

 

Oceanhouse Media continues to improve their already high quality reading apps.  One of the new things I noticed is the child safety/parent control feature.  On the bottom of the page are links to the OM Bookshelf, other OM apps, and parent info.  However, in order to access external links, the app instructs the user to swipe the screen with two fingers either to the left, right, top, or bottom.  The direction changes each time you try to access any of the links, making it more difficult for children to access areas they are not allowed to.  Of courses if your child is a reader, they will figure this out easily so I still recommend activating your device’s parent control options.  I have disabled in-app purchases on mine and always require a password for any App Store purchases or installations.

This app contains all the fantastic features Oceanhouse Media offers including the three reading options – Read To Me, Read by Myself, and Auto Play. Words are highlighted as they are read in the Read To Me and Auto Play option.  When you tap on individual words, that specific word is highlighted and read out loud.  Tapping on the picture on the page also causes the words associated with it to be highlighted or to pop-up and be read out loud.  It is amazing how almost everything on every picture has a word associated with it.  It definitely provides ample reading opportunities.  My favorite feature would have to be the voice over option.  Not only is it a wonderful tool to get a recording of your child’s voice and a great way to encourage verbalizations, but it also allows you to record multiple children and send the recordings to family and friends.

I think I may have found my favorite Berenstain  Bears book yet.  Of course, I may be just a tad biased since in Oceanhouse Media’s The Berenstain Bears Go Out To Eat, Mama Bear’s hard work is acknowledged and she gets taken out to dinner by Papa Bear and the cubs.

My children are Berenstain Bear fans and they absolutely loved this story.  It’s funny how our dining out experiences mimic the Bears’, right down to things getting spilled and the kids busying themselves with drawing or coloring as they wait for their food. I also completely agree with the Bears that the best thing about eating out is not having to do dishes afterwards!

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This is a fantastic book that highlights Mama Bear and her hard work and teaches children that manners and eating healthy still apply even when dining out.  It is an absolute must-have to any Berenstain Bears collection.


The Berenstain Bears Go Out to Eat
The Berenstain Bears Go Out to Eat
by Oceanhouse Media

Category: Books
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: 49.95 MB

$2.99USD

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 Grandma Loves Bugs by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway

Grandma Loves Bugs by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway



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Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

ability to tailor learning to your child’s level by picking the mini games that are best suited to their ability; educational learning content that is fun and has kids playing without even realizing they are learning

What we’d love to see…

“hint” option  as well as the ability to “count” items like fireflies using your finger rather than choosing the wrong choice.

Summary

Fantastic educational app that lets you target a variety of skills for preschool through early elementary school aged children

Our Rating

Grandma Loves Bugs by Fairlady Media for iOS is the newest addition to their educational app collection.  The app includes ten mini games including: spot the difference, magic coloring, letter match, bug spelling, counting fireflies, number groups, bug identification, feed the baby bird, bug matching and building a spider web.  The app incorporates skills for children aged preschool through early elementary school who are learning while they are having fun!  Be sure to check out our reviews of Grandma’s Kitchen and Grandpa’s Workshop, two of the other apps in their collection.  This would be a great app for practicing fine motor, speech skills including spoken and understood directions, counting.  I can also see it being used by speech therapists.

One of my favorite features of the app – other than the fact that my son is learning without even realizing is that I can go into the parental settings and choose which games I want him to play to target specific skill sets.  The app has very good photos of bugs that are realistic while providing educational content for children.  It was nice that Grandma gave an overview of what we were looking at while we used the magnifying glass.  My son’s favorite game was bug spelling – and I liked that it required you to put the letters on in order for the word to be spelled.  My son also loved building a spider web and trying to catch the bugs as they flew by.

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In terms of enhancements, for the counting fireflies, it would be nice for children to be able to touch the bugs for counting or at least have a setting for them to do so as my son is used to touching to count and got the answer wrong several times when he tapped on them to count. A “hint” option for children struggling and getting the answer wrong multiple times.

This app is a fun app for your bug loving preschoolers through early elementary aged children which ties learning to fun with bugs!  Be sure to Grandma Loves Bugs – Fairlady Media“>grab it while the app is on an introductory sale for 50% off!

Grandma Loves Bugs
Grandma Loves Bugs
by Fairlady Media

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
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: 89.83 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.

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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.

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