Narrated Fairy Tale Coloring Book for Kids by Alexander Sidorkin focuses on folktales from other countries. At the time of this review, the first two stories are free with additional stories available to buy as in app purchases. The stories How the Whale Got His Throat and The Little Loaf are free. Available to purchase are: The Giant Turnip, The Tall Cabin, The Rabbit's Cabin, and The Elephant's Child.
Each story opens to the first page of the story. The tale immediately begins playing. There are no words on the pages. On each page, one of the characters is outlined in a rainbow color. Tapping on this character allows the user to paint the character with a preselected five colors. The colors vary depending on the picture being painted and fit the character well.
When the narration for the page is done, the app plays a tune until the user taps the next page. The narration can be turned on or off by tapping the music note in the right corner. Though turning off the music also turns off the narration for the story.
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I liked that this app focuses on stories that are probably not familiar to many children in this day and age. It is nice to expose children to new stories and open up the dialog of how cultures are the same and different. The fact that The Little Loaf is so similar to The Gingerbread Man would make a great starting point for this discussion. I also liked that on the last page of the story, all of the colored characters make an appearance. There were several things I didn't love, though. The narration is dry, and my son was not a fan of the voice when he was singing during the narration. I appreciated the color choices for each picture, but there were no other drawing tools, paintbrush sizes, or other things to do other than color in the characters. Additionally, there were no animations in any of the stories. In the storybook app world, animations are a must.
Overall, Narrated Fairy Tale Coloring Book for Kids focuses on folktales from various countries and provides children with stories that they may not be familiar with. Its dry narration, absence of animation, and lack of coloring tools keep it from being a top pick.
Narrated Fairy Tale Coloring Book for Kids is availabe for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad mini - RRP - Free to try with buying option via In-App- Purchase
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She was surprised to find that Rudyard Kipling was the author of How the Whale Got his Throat. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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