Letter in a Bottle by developer Suqoon Project is a simple but engaging story book. With beautiful illustrations and animations, this app features a young girl as she discovers a message in a bottle. Dive into the main character's imagination as she dreams of who sent the letter.
Letter in a Bottle is a simple storybook app. It features a young girl who discovers a letter sealed in a bottle washed up on the shore. Inside is an invitation to tea and cookies. The girl begins to dream of who could have possibly sent the invite. Was it a checker playing pirate? Was it a pink elephant who can juggle? What about the white rabbit? Who could have possibly invited her?
The story is cute and is presented as a traditional book. Turn the pages by swiping them as you would in a hard copy book. The illustrations and animations on each page are really great. They are simple and do not detract from the story at all. Some pages feature sound effects or small interactions like bouncing items or moving creatures. But most pages have small built in animations like the girl's hair blowing or crabs crawling and that's it. This isn't a critique though - it's kind of nice to have a book app that focuses on being a book!
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This story is a cute fictional story that will appeal to young readers. The illustrations and simple animations are really well done and fit the story perfectly. The little girl's hair blows in the wind, while an elephant juggles. A pirate ship bobs on the water and the white rabbit's friends circle the little girl. Each small interaction fits straight into the text of the story. The animations are all high quality, as are the images and illustrations. The app is read aloud by a pleasant narrator with a slight accent. Readers can shut the narration and sound effects off at the top by tapping a button. Aside from these small customizations, there are no other things to do. Again, it's kind of nice - a book app focused on being a book!
Overall, this story is a cute journey into a little girl's imagination. With stunning graphics and simple animations, this story does a great job of turning a traditional paperback story into an app without detracting from the story itself. It also leaves the end of the story open, where do you think the invitation came from?
Letter in a Bottle is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini App
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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