Updated versions of fairy tales are some of the most popular story apps currently being developed. Senda and the Glutton Dragon tells the story of how a little girl saves the day using only her courage and positive attitude. It will appeal to children ages 2-6 who are beginning to understand the magical world of princesses and dragons.
Senda and the Glutton Dragon, by SOYO Interactive, is available for all devices through the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon. The app contains a preschool level interactive story along with a mini-game (Feed the Dragon) tucked into the middle. There are six different translations available in this app: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Catalan. The user interface is intuitive and suitable for youngsters this age. The Narrator button on the opening screen lets the professional narration be turned on or off, and the AutoPlay button allows the pages to advance automatically, if you choose. The story arrows are located on the lower right and left edges. Children can follow along with the words as they are spoken.
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Senda and the Glutton Dragon is a story within a story. It starts with Senda and her classmates gathered around their teacher. She reads them a fairy tale set in a tranquil kingdom, in which a misguided dragon swoops down and carries off the princess. The Glutton Dragon gets his name because he wants to eat everything that is bad for him. Senda volunteers to go to the dragon's castle and return the princess to the King and Queen. She and the prince are able to turn the Glutton Dragon from an enemy into a friend, and they rescue the princess. The story ends with Senda in her bedroom that night, ready to dream about her new friend, the reformed Glutton Dragon.
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I like the story within a story. I think it allows children to use their own imaginations to put themselves into stories that they find exciting or appealing. This app also shines with its animation. Some of my favorite animations in Senda and the Glutton Dragon involve the fire and smoke coming from the dragon's snout. I also like how every object in the frame has some kind of movement, often involving stars and sparkles. Well done!
The inspiration for Senda and the Glutton Dragon is a modern take on an old fairy tale plot. What prevents this story from rising to the next level is the lack of depth and focus; the story is told in simple narrative style with almost no descriptive language or rich vocabulary. Also, I found the element of good nutrition felt awkward and out of place. Still, its colorful and whimsical animations help tell the simple tale in a fun and engaging way, and make it worthy of your consideration when looking for a preschool story app.
RRP - $2.99/£1.99/2.49
At the time of the review, Senda and the Glutton Dragon contains no ads, although it does have connections to social media and the iTunes store through the parent portal. Parents can be confident their child'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 age 6-14.