Simply Missy HD is a new app from Clarine Landes, and available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Missy lives in a magical box that opens when you turn the key. For this adventure, she is going shopping. On Missy’s shopping list are things she needs to pick up, including clothes, shoes, a pet, cake, paint, candy, and flowers. (“Missy’s busy shopping day, check the list along the way.”) At each store, there are six choices. Pick one, and she’s ready to move on to the next store. Finally, she returns home with all her precious finds and shares a big surprise.
Missy reminds me of those dolls with that wistful, wide-eyed look about them. She could be anyone’s little girl: she could be your daughter, your granddaughter, or your niece. Missy sees the world as full of choices, and she gets to pick (with your help) the things she needs. The story is simple enough to appeal to even a very young child, and written in the classic style of a repeated pattern. Each page is presented in the same format as the one before, making it predictable for little ones. Each time you read the story, however, you can make different choices, and that gives it a new twist.
Missy is also featured in two storybooks, “Playdate with Missy” and “Zoo Trip with Missy.” Some people have reported that Simply Missy HD has a tendency to freeze in certain spots; I also experienced this difficulty. I ended up deleting the app and re-installing it, and then it worked just fine.
Judging by the positive response to the first Missy app, I won’t be surprised to see her returning with new adventures. If you are looking for an appealing storybook app appropriate for a preschooler, check out Simply Missy HD. It is Fun Educational Apps’ latest Top Pick.
Simply Missy HD is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App App
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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