A Tale of Two Sisters
Frozen: Storybook Deluxe tells the story behind the popular Disney movie, sans the catchy soundtrack. Instead of singing, kids and parents can record themselves reading the text. Some pages have simple animations, while others include clips from the film, puzzles to solve, and opportunities to draw with ice crystals. On most of the pages, turning your device over will tell that part of the story from the other sister's point of view.
How to Read
At first, players can choose either to read or jump into playing with the 6 puzzles, which require matching the shapes of ice pieces to reveal a scene from the story. There are verbal instructions and a demonstration, but preschoolers might need help. Kids can also free draw with artistic ice and save their crystal creations to their photos or see their picture displayed as the backdrop of a snow globe where Elsa and Anna dance together. These games are interspersed throughout the story as well, as kids page their way through the digital book. The text highlights as the narrator reads, and a rotating symbol appears on most pages to remind kids to flip the device over for Anna's perspective. When they "turn" the page, they're back to Elsa's point of view. Just press record to become the storyteller yourself.
'Frozen' Fans Will Flip!
Frozen: Storybook Deluxe makes it interesting and exciting to flip your device over to explore Anna's side of the story as well as Elsa's. As in real life, this story is most complete when you listen to both sides. Kids can learn lessons about expressing feelings from this tale with strong female characters that celebrates sisterly love and ultimately counters typical fairytale myths about love at first sight. Talk to your kids about the story to draw out these lessons.
By adding extra puzzles and games, Frozen: Storybook Deluxe engages Frozen fans who aren't as interested in reading. Every few pages, the app give reluctant readers a break to do something other than read. The highlighted text during narration is good for reinforcing reading, and you and your child can also practice reading and recording yourselves together!
Frozen: Storybook Deluxe is perfect for fans of the movie, but it also works well with those who are reluctant readers. The great story and frequent interactive games will keep kids engaged and learning. There are some violent scenes, like when Hans tries to slice Elsa with a sword, so it might be scary for little ones.
This Frozen: Storybook Deluxe book app review was written by Liz K. McKinney.
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