Terri at the Market is designed for the iPad by Once Digital Arts. It comes available in 5 different translations, including English, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Hungarian. The app has settings that can be adjusted to suit your particular preferences. There is a read-to-me option that can be turned on or off. There are also sound effects and background music that can be muted, although they complement the animations perfectly and add to the fun. Also included are four vegetable-themed mini games, which provide another way to encourage children to use their veggie vocabulary.
The main character is a four year old named Terri; like many children this age, Terri has a “thing” about vegetables. She pushes them around her plate and she wrinkles up her nose at the thought of eating them. Terri’s parents decide to show her a new way to look at vegetables, so they make a visit to the local market, where Charlie, the green grocer, introduces her to some very nice vegetables. There’s Buster Brussel Sprout, Bravo Broccoli, Carol Carrot, Mister Mushroom, and the Fantastic Tumbling Peas. The next week, when Terri returns to the market, there is an unfortunate incident, and the Fantastic Tumbling Peas end up in a garbage bag headed out to the dumpster. Luckily, quick thinking on Terri’s part saves the peas and wins her the admiration of all the vegetables.
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The enjoyment factor is definitely there in Terri at the Market. It has a cute, age appropriate story that taps into a child’s imagination and shows vegetables in a positive light. The animations are simple to activate and they make the vegetables more appealing. By far, the most enjoyable ones involve the antics of the Fantastic Tumbling Peas.
For our family, the trick was re-inventing vegetables into frozen snacks (to make the peas less mushy) and vegetable stick dippers (to add other flavors). We also instituted the “birthday rule” to get vegetables on the plate: the child must eat as many peas (or carrot sticks or lima beans, etc.) as her age. The bottom line is to find one vegetable that your child can accept, and then use that as a stepping stone to others. Terri at the Market gives you a chance to talk about vegetables in a non-threatening way.
Terri at the Market - An Interactive Cartoon Storybook for Children is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
At the time of this review, Terri at the Market does not contain ads. It does, however, have links to the web and to social media that are accessible through a protected parent portal.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. Her picky eater is now a sushi-loving, salad-crunching grown up who barely remembers the "vegetable wars".
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