Is your young reader looking for a good mystery? Check out our newest top pick for storybook apps: The Tale of the Missing Acorns - Mystery Theme Studybook. This is a cute mystery book that fully involves the reader in the story. Follow Mother Squirrel through this interactive story and help her find the missing acorns.
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The Tale of the Missing Acorns by Wisekids tells the story of Mother Squirrel as she tries to find her missing basket of acorns. As she searches for her nuts, she meets various characters, helps them with their own problems, and finds more clues to help her. Readers are asked to swipe various ways and solve puzzles to help her on her quest.
With whimsical illustrations and a pleasing narration, this app is sure to delight young readers. The illustrations are nearly 3D in their layers and the story pages are non linear. The story moves all around the pictures, not just page to page. Readers turn the pages by swiping in the direction the arrow on screen points - right, left, up, or down. Pages can also be turned with traditional arrow buttons - but it's much more fun to turn the pages with the swipe arrows.
Readers also have to solve a variety of problems for the characters Mother Squirrel encounters along the way. These educational puzzles focus on colors, directions, balancing weights, alphabetical dot-to-dots, vegetable sorting, shape matching, number order, musical sequence, and basic fractions. These educational puzzles are perfect for young learners and cover a wide variety of skills. There is even a study option in the main menu for readers to practice the various skills they encounter in the story.
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This app is a unique experience as the reader is actually a part of the story. The reader can obviously play with the interactive elements by tapping on things like the acorns or characters to elicit animations or sound effects, but more importantly must help solve the puzzles and clues as the story progresses. For the sheer immersion of the reader in the story, this app is a top pick as a storybook app. The small details like swiping the directional arrows to turn the pages and the intricate details of the clues are really well done. The story is seamless with the educational puzzles fitting right into the story. The quality of the game components are perfect for the age 5 to 7 crowd. Skills are varied and engaging - everything from music to math is covered. Readers will have a full experience with this book.
Overall, this app is a top pick because of the quality of the story and of the educational games built right into the plot. Readers will be fully engaged in the experience as they solve problems to help Mother Squirrel find her missing acorns. Being both a book and an educational tool, this app appeals to both the mother and the teacher in me. This app has quickly become a favorite at our house!
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady
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