The Transformers are a favorite for young boys and girls everywhere. Join in the Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue as a team member on Griffin Rock's Rescue Squad. This interactive book lands a Top Pick for being a fun and engaging way to read.
Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue by PlayDate Digital is an interactive story book geared toward children aged 4 to 7. Young children become a part of this animated tale. Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, welcomes readers to the app and asks if the user is ready to become a part of the team. Once the reader becomes a cadet on the rescue squad, the story begins.
Join Rescue Bots: Chase, Blades, Heatwave, and Boulder and their human partners as you become part of the team. All of the familiar faces from the beloved cartoon make an appearance. In this story, the new Sky Forest has become overrun by out of control plants being fed by a rapid growth formula. The plants are terrorizing the citizens of Griffin Rock. Join the team as they try to rescue people without getting trapped themselves.
Readers become a part of the story as each page is narrated. Once the narration stops, characters are highlighted in white to show that they have something to say or do. After they've been tapped, they are highlighted in gray, so that users know which characters have already been activated. When readers are finished with a page, simply tap the arrow to continue the story. As the story progresses, users must help the Rescue Bots by choosing which tools would be appropriate in each scenario. Choose carefully, so that the plants don't take over the town.
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This is really a simple app. It earns a Top Pick from this mom because it fully engages readers in the story and makes it seem as if you are actually a part of the Rescue Bot squad. While both girls and boys will enjoy the story, this is a great app to hook those reluctant young boys who can be hard to engage in reading. The interactions are fairly minor and highlighted so that young readers have visual guidance on the next step. The animations don't take away from the story, but instead are essential to the plot. I like that as the story progresses, users must make choices to aid the Rescue Bots. Most of all I like that this book reads like the cartoon. This book bridges the gap between television and reading seamlessly, bringing children from a receptive experience to an interactive learning adventure.
Overall, Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue is a Top Pick digital storybook. It hooks young readers who may otherwise be loath to turn off the television. It fosters a love of reading by focusing on well-loved characters and bringing the reader into the story.
Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
At the time of this review, the app had no ads or in-app purchases. External links were hidden behind a parent gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She admits to being a huge fan of the Transformers. 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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