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Windy's Lost Kite

Windy's Lost Kite

Spring 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

Windy's Lost Kite/i> is the first in a series of interactive storybooks based on the print series of the same name. Each story app, which the creators have termed "appisodes," includes the interactive book, two games, and links to a variety of crafts, recipes, and activities. In this particular appisode, Windy's kite has flown away and she gets help from her friends to find it. Windy's Lost Kite includes a Soundboard where children can click on characters to hear them sing and play instruments (e.g., guitar, xylophone, pots and pans, etc.) and an interactive World Map where children can click on places and characters to learn their names. The use of stop-motion photography and handcrafted dolls is a charming change of pace.

Parents can manipulate a variety of settings in order to best fit the needs of their child; for example, children can read the book alone or use the auto play feature, turn hints on or off, and chose whether or not to show the text. Readers can quickly and easily toggle between English and French versions of the app, which was a great feature for our family, because our children are learning French. There are links to Frequently Asked Questions and a Tutorial, which is currently under construction. And, parents can visit the creators' blog for a variety of "off screen" activities.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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

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