Does your child enjoy story time? Maybe even going to story time at the library and watching someone act out the storyline? The Traditional Storyteller series allows your little one to watch and interact with a storyteller as they act out each part of the story. I really like the look and feel of this app – storytelling is something of a lost art these days – and this app helps to bring it back. There are a whole series of Traditional Storyteller apps – I read The Three Little Pigs.
We all know that old story about The Three Little Pigs and how each one built their home – one of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks. Then, of course, there was the Big Bad Wolf who “huffed and puffed” trying to blow each house down. The Traditional Storyteller app helps bring this story about the Big Bad Wolf and the Little Pigs to life. The storyteller really is great, very animated and interactive – not only does she tell the story, she engages your little one by gestures and facial expressions and incorporates song as well.
Within the app there are a variety of things you can do besides just listening to the story (there is an option where you watch the storyteller, about 10 minutes long). There is a Map Game, in which you are given 8 picture pieces of the story and your little one can listen to each picture piece and then map out the story in sequential order. When you have completed the map correctly, the pictures pop up and the story is read aloud. The Listen & Repeat section allows you to record yourself telling the story with the picture pieces used in the Map Game, and then listen to your recording (it is listen & repeat because you are able to listen to each piece and commit it to memory before recording it yourself). There is also a Tell Your Story part, in which you will be shown the same 8 pictures of the story, but you are able to record your own version and then listen to it. If your little one enjoyed the song from the story, there is a special Play Song feature, which allows you to just listen to the storyteller sing the song.
I really enjoyed The Traditional Storyteller app and the story of The Three Little Pigs. I think that this app really is a rare find and very original. I will definitely be using this app with my son and recommend it to those with little ones who love to read.
Price when Reviewed: $4.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Seller: Day Two Productions Ltd
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.