The app has fully interactive pages, perfect for young readers to explore. Tap and drag the characters across the screen, hunt for the missing moon, tap insects to change their colors, manipulate objects, and interact with the nocturnal animals as they go about their lives. Each page has a different animation and interaction for children to engage in. All of them fun and different. Catch falling berries with the hedgehog and play hide and seek with a fox. The pages are truly fun.
In addition to the great story, the app also features eight unique songs that children can access directly from the story or through the main menu. The songs go along with each character in the story and the lyrics are perfect for young readers. The app also features four mini-games to explore. Nine different memory game where kids flip to match cards - with a twist. In some levels they have to make sets of three to clear the board! There are sixteen different puzzles to complete, each available with either 25 or 64 pieces (suitable for older kids). There is also a coloring game with extensive color choices and pen tips, and sixteen different scenes to paint. Last, is a dragonfly game. Tap as many dragonflies as you can in the given time span.
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I often take my son's opinion into consideration as I review apps. At nearly four years old, I can't say most book apps are his, or his short attention span's, favorite. This book however, held his attention through the end, and has been a repeat read every day since we got it. He loves it. It's storyline appeals to the sky-gazing young, and the interactive pages brilliantly hold his attention. With different things to do on every page, children are eager to get to the next page. On top of the engagement level, the story is cute. It's easy to read or listen to, and makes an outstanding bedtime read. Add the games and songs to the app, and this app is truly a top pick for any parent looking to engage their child in reading.
Overall, this app is a top pick to add to a digital library. With plenty to do, it keeps children engaged in an adorable storyline. Games and songs only add to the quality of this app. Kids will love the story and the activities - and this will soon become a favorite.
Who Stole the Moon 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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