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The Complete Fairytale Play Theatre

The Complete Fairytale Play Theatre

The Complete Fairytale Play Theatre

The Complete Fairytale Play Theatre

Nosy Crow

Reviewed on 11/02/16
Paid on | iOS

Retell your favorite fairytale or mix them all together to make completely new stories. Nosy Crow, creator of the best fairytale apps, has now combined all of them into one incredible, creativity-sparking app.  You are provided with a blank, empty stage, then you have the option of adding any background, character, object or soundtrack from any of their popular fairytale apps.  Once you've chosen all of the elements of your story, record your voice while you move the virtual "puppets" around on the stage.  Create multiple recorded scenes and then combine them together to make one long story.  This would be a great app for families to use together.  Pass it around the table while waiting for your meal at a restaurant and challenge each person to come up with a new scene to add to the story, then watch the whole thing together when it's done! Add an extra layer of silliness by not allowing anyone to watch the previous scenes before adding their own scene!  A fun way to practice the early literacy skills of sequencing and storytelling.  This app is packed with content and the creative possibilties are endless. You can also download a free version here that allows you to choose and play with only one fairytale and then buy the rest as in-app purchases (or just download the full version if you think you'll want all of the content).  Nice for a try-before-you-buy option!

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Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5
Tags: Book App, Creativity, Early Literacy, Family Play, Folk/Fairytales, NBC15, Stories

Goldilocks and Little Bear

Goldilocks and Little Bear

Goldilocks and Little Bear

Goldilocks and Little Bear

Nosy Crow

Reviewed on 11/20/15
Paid on | iOS

A new twist on an old tale! The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been told (and spoofed) a million times, but this version adds some elements that this librarian has never seen before. First, this Goldilocks (despite her obligatory blonde curls) has darker skin than usually depicted and when we meet her parents, we learn that she is part of a multiracial family--a bold (and very welcome!) choice for this particular fairytale. Second, this app tells the traditional tale from Goldilocks’ perspective, but users also have the option to explore an alternative storyline in which the littlest bear explores Goldilocks’ house (and eats her pancakes, tries on her clothes and reads her books). One of the most exciting features is that users can switch between these two storylines simply by rotating their device--literally turning the story on its head!  Although this app still had a few slightly confusing navigational elements (at a few points, its easy to progress through the text without fully exploring the pictures that connect one page to the next, leaving awkward storyline gaps), reading the app together with a grown-up and child and going back again and again to explore the story will smooth out any initial confusion. Another excellent fairytale by Nosy Crow!

Age group: Preschool
Tags: Animals, Book App, Early Literacy, Folk/Fairytales, Stories