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PopOut! The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

PopOut! The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 & Up
Download Price: $4.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

I have spent many happy hours reading Beatrice Potter's books to my children. The memories conjure up sweetly scented, happy children on my lap. This iPad version of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is probably as close to an approximation of that reading experience as I can imagine, with addition of interactivity. Thankfully, I can say that the latter does not encourage frantic activity on the child's part.

The original format of the books, delightfully small and accessible, is very compatible with the format of the iPad. The illustrations and the paper texture are beautifully rendered. The start page gives the reader the option to "read myself" or "read to me" as well as control of the volume of the music. Even with the "read to me" option, individual words are voiced when touched.

The text and graphics mimic the original in style and palette. The addition to this digital version is that the animals in the illustrations react to touch. Little Benjamin squeaks and can be dragged within a small area. This variety of mild interaction continues with the addition of some sliding tabs. As usual, Benjamin Bunny and his friends are in trouble because of their forays into Mr. McGregor's garden. This latest adventure includes spending five hours hiding under a basket with McGregor's cat sitting on top of the basket. Mr. Bunny eventually rescues Benjamin and his cousin, resulting in the only disturbing scene, which shows Mr. Bunny whipping his son with a little switch.

Kristin Harris   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at iArt4kidz.com.

Look for this product at:
Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
http://www.loudcrow.com
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