Mr. Glue Stories is an entertaining new story app that allows your child to create one-of-a-kind adventures, which can be personalized to include his or her name, artwork, and voice. When it is finished, the masterpiece can be saved and then shared with family and friends.
Available for download via the iTunes App Store- iPad only
Mr. Glue Stories is a new app for the iPad from the creative team at Chadlington ABC Enterprises. It is presented as a collection of audio books that include original illustrations and comical sound effects. What's more, the recordable voice function allows the child to hear the story in his own voice.
Have a look:
How the App Works-
Mr. Glue is the keeper of the books. He offers four separate story themes from which to choose: adventure, holiday/birthday, pirates and princesses, and fairies. Mr. Glue's name comes from the fact that he keeps all the books together, sort of like glue.
There are various ways for children to customize a story:
- the theme of the story is one they have chosen
- the main character has their name
- a secondary character might have their friend's name
- their favorite foods are mentioned in the story
The user interface for adding these details, drawings, etc. is intuitive and child-friendly, and the ever-helpful Mr. Glue offers encouragement and easy to follow verbal instructions.
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What's special about Mr. Glue Stories is the effort this team has gone to in order to compose a unique story adventure for each child who uses the app. According to the developer, the app has been field tested with both individual children and with a larger group, such as in a classroom.
The technical aspects of Mr. Glue Stories are solid as well. This is not an app with touch screen animations filling every page; instead, the richly drawn illustrations provide a visual backdrop for the story. The stories themselves are basic narratives to which specific details can be added. When these details magically appear in the text, children are amazed; it's exciting for them to see their ideas appear in a "real" story.
In a Nutshell-
This app takes story personalization to a whole new level. Sort of a cross between "choose your own adventure" and "do it yourself story making," the Mr. Glue Stories give children a real connection with the tales they help create, thereby increasing their emotional response. Reading fluency and creative expression are some of the literacy skills this app would address.
Mr. Glue Stories is available for download via the iTune- App Store- iPad
RRP - Free Always!
At the time of this review, Mr. Glue Stories includes no in-app purchases, no ads, and no links to social media. Parents can be confident that 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 ages 6 to 14. Her goal is to share accurate information about the apps she reviews, so that parents can make smart choices for their children.
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