The Three Little Pigs Storybook HD by Smash Atom is a great re-adaptation of the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen to the iOS technology. It is a universal (iPod/iPhone and iPad) storybooks app that offers nice and colourful HD illustrations as well as a professional voice over narration and text to speech. It engages children via a kid’s friendly interface and sound interaction.
The Three Little Pigs is one of the most famous tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Its first print date back to 1840. Since then the tales has seen so many different variation and adaptation but the main story is always present. The story begins with the Three Little Pigs ready leave home and “seek their own fortune”. All 3 little pigs, build their house, one of straw, the other with wood and the last with bricks. The wolf then blows on each house with its legendary saying:
"Little pig, little pig, let me come in."
"No, no, not by the hair on my chiny chin chin."
"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in.”
The Three Little Pigs Storybook HD by Smash Atom brings few additions to the story where the kids at Fun Educational Apps were first surprise to see the First and Second little pigs run back to their mum instead of their brother. The kids also enjoyed the full version of the tale. Quite often, the attempt of the wolf to trick the third little pig is omitted but with this version you and your kids will discover exactly how the wolf tries to trick the third little pig by inviting him to go in the field to pick up parsnips, go get apples or go to the fair. Kids will be delighted to see how each time he manages to outsmart the big bad wolf. The ending is nice and they live happily ever after.
This storybook app offers a great value for money (0.99 USD only), the illustration are kids friendly and very colourful. It gives you 2 options “Read for Me” or “Read Myself” and you can decide if you want the pages to turn automatically or manually. The storybook comes in both English and Mandarin Chinese. All options are supported in both languages. The narration is very professional and there is also a soothing musical background.
This app does not offer fancy animations or interactive activities, it just provides sounds interaction and the kids will be delighted to tap on the wolf and hear him blow. It offers a nice reading experience where kids can practice their reading with the text to speech option. If they don’t know how to read a word, kids can just tap on the word and a computerized voice will read it for them. At the moment, there is no text highlight but we know Smash Atom is working on it and will be available soon.
Overall, The Three Little Pigs Storybook HD is a nice, simple and easy to use app. It offers bright and colourful illustrations to keep the kids engaged. Young readers will like listening to the story over and over while older kids will like to use the text to speech option to practice reading. For just 0.99 USD, it is a nice addition to your kids digital library.
If you liked the The Three Little Pigs you may want to check the other 2 Storybook apps available from Smash Atom and make sure to stay tune as they have plan to develop many more of these classic tales.
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