Fairy Tales for Clever Kids by Stanislav Ustymenko is laid out in a bookshelf fashion. At the time of this review, The Ugly Duckling is free with Cinderella and Puss in Boots available as in-app purchases (IAP). Choose the book you want to read and it automatically opens.
The story is available in English, German, French, and Russian. Hans Christian Anderson's version of The Ugly Duckling opens up and the story begins. Children read the text on each illustrated page. To move to the next page, the child must follow the directions or answer a question at the bottom of the screen. This question is the only interactive component in the app. Some questions ask the reader to tap on an answer, others ask them to follow directions like move the smallest egg or find the object that floats. The questions are relatively easy to figure out.
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This app is easy to use. I like the educational component of answering a question before having to turn the page. The questions are simple enough for children to answer and relate to things from the story like how many swans are on the pond and what animal is born to ducks. This app has no narration. Therefore, children must be readers, and fairly good ones, to read the text and answer the questions. This puts an age minimum of around second grade. And while the interaction of answering the question is nice, it is the only interaction within the app. This app may not hold up to the demands of children who are becoming used to a full immersion digital experience.
Overall, I like the idea behind Fairy Tales for Clever Kids, though I fear children may be a bit bored with the minor interactions. It is a text based app that is appropriate for children who are fairly proficient readers.
Fairy Tales for Clever Kids is available to download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - Free with additional tales via IAP
At the time of this review, there are no ads or external links, and additional storybooks are available via in-app purchases.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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