I’m going to start by being honest here. When I chose this app to review, it was only because Dumbo is one of my favorite Disney movies. I can be a bit of a traditionalist, and to me a book is paper with a cover that you keep on a shelf. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace my iPad. I just don’t embrace reading books on it. However, since my children are growing up in a whole different world, I decided to check this app out.
I am in LOVE! This app is perfect for families and Disney enthusiasts. First, the “cover” of the book is customizable with your child’s name and photos. Then then story begins, initially with a narrator reading the text. You will have the option to record your own voice, which was super easy. As your child gets older you can turn off the narration and they can read on their own. Each page features some type of animation. Some of the animation is interactive. I won’t give it all away, but touch the stork bundles as they fall from the sky. When your child touches the characters their name will come up in text and narration. You can turn the pages to read the same tale of Dumbo we loved as children.
There are also some extras in the app that go along with the book. They are accessed at the bottom left of the book with a Mickey icon then a little “train”. The “engine” is a page selector for the book if you leave off in the middle. Next “car” is the activities. First is a Coloring page where several coloring sheets are available for your child to color. They can choose the color, writing tool and get to work. Afterwards their creation can be saved and emailed. Also in the “car” is a puzzle section. Three puzzles are available featuring scenes from the movie. The same puzzles can be set up in varying degrees of difficulty, depending on your child’s ability. Last is a Calliope instrument which your child can listen to, learn to play or free play. The remaining “cars” on the train are for settings and app info.
What’s not to love about all the above features! I really appreciated how the “book” can be customized for my 18 month old and my 5-year-old. Essentially this app “grows” with your child. It is perfect for trips, as you are more than likely bringing your iPad with you. Something else for the kids to do besides watching movies. I am also a fan of being able to “Gift this App”. You will see this on the first page of the book or on iTunes. After purchasing the app you send the codes to the recipient in email format. What a perfect gift for the kid that has everything and the parent that wants nothing! Tip: Make sure they have an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone first!
From now until September 26. 2012 this and other Disney Classics apps are on sale for $1.99 each (normally $3.99). Currently available are Dumbo, Bambi, the Jungle Book, Peter Pan, and the Aristocats. Be sure to look on Chip and Co for updated reviews of these other Classics.
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