The Flight of the Bumble Bee looks like a story app, and it is, but it’s also a musical adventure, presented against the backdrop of Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic, “Flight of the Bumble Bee.” Fly along with Little Bee as he encounters dangers in the garden. Find out, will he make it safely to the other side? The combination of animated storytelling and exciting music makes for lively entertainment for children ages 2-8.
The Flight of the Bumble Bee is an app designed for the iPad and the iPad mini from Analytic Web Design Partners. There are many options on the opening screen from which to choose. The story is presented in both a “Tell Me the Story” option (in either English or Korean) and a “Read it Together” option. Also available is “Music and Animation Only,” a great alternative that allows the child to re-tell the story in his own words. In addition, there are two activities based on the story, a set of four mazes that start simply and become more challenging, and a drawing activity that allows your child to paint to the bumblebee music.
The Flight of the Bumble Bee is an original story, drawing on a traditional fairy tale theme about a young, naive character who ventures out against the advice of his parents. In this way, it is similar to Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit or Little Red Riding Hood. Fortunately for Little Bee, Father Bee and Mother Bee are not far away, and they can rescue their little explorer when he finds trouble in the form of a hungry spider looking for a snack.
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Research shows that re-telling stories is an excellent way to develop oral language skills. By hearing the story and then telling it back in the “Music and Animation” mode, children increase their ability to connect what they hear and see with what they can talk about. Many parents will also use this story as a starting point to discuss whether Little Bee made a good choice or a bad choice when he flew off into the garden by himself.
The Flight of the Bumble Bee successfully links its story to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov. If I had one suggestion, it would be to slow down the narration a little, because young children cannot process words as quickly as the dialogue is spoken in the story.
Overall, however, children will feel scared when Little Bee finds himself stuck in the spider’s web, and they will cheer when he gets rescued. A happy ending makes for an enjoyable children's story.
The Flight of the Bumble Bee is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini -
Note to Parents:
At the time of this review, The Flight of the Bumble Bee provides a safe, secure environment, with no web connections or access to social media, no ads, and no in-app purchases. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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