Preparing for the coming growing season and harvest also had me thinking about my review of The Cicada and the Ant. It’s an app with a fresh new take on the classic French folk tale. There are three reading modes to choose from: Interactive Story, I Read Myself, and Animated Story. You’ll find lots of interactive opportunities throughout the book in the interactive mode. You can help the ant cut wood or encourage the cicada to sing with the simple tap of the screen. The interactions are scattered through each scene and marked with twinkling stars for easy location. I liked that the words of the story are highlighted as they are read to help with fluency and recognition.
This highlighted reading prompt is included in the animated mode as well. Here the story plays out like a movie, requiring no involvement from you. It would be a nice rest time or nap time book. When using Read Myself, the focus is placed on building reading skills and the interactions are turned off.
I always like stories with a message and the lessons of not procrastinating and being prepared are well illustrated. However, when running the app I had stability issues. I’m sure once the developers add their “bug” fixes the Cicada and the Ant will become a favorite story.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.