Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (best Android apps for kids)
These Peanuts book apps are so precious! I just love how the original illustrations have been animated and made interactive. To top it off, this particular story is narrated by Stephen Shea who was the voice of Linus in the Peanuts cartoons. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving tells the story of Charlie and his friends as they prepare for the holiday celebrations. It all begins with Peppermint Patty inviting herself over to Charlie's house for Thanksgiving Dinner, but quickly gets out of hand as she continues inviting more and more people.
Loud Crow apps are excellently presented with fantastic audio, excellent interactive graphics and no ads. This app, like the It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown app, has a unique page turning action. The story text, mostly dialogue between the characters, is presented one character at a time, and is swiped off the screen by dragging a finger along the ribbon at the bottom of the page. The text also has the tap-to-read feature so children can associate individual written words with their spoken counterparts. A great feature for emergent readers. The illustrations have limited animation when tapped, more like a pop-up book and every scene has a hidden leaf to be discovered by the reader.
Just as gatherings like Thanksgiving Dinner emphasize fractious relationships in families, so too it exaggerates friends' personalities, causing interesting interactions. Charlie Brown is fortunate to have his loyal dog Snoopy who never seems to judge or cause a fuss, and is always there to help. The message of this story, about being thankful for family, friends and food, comes across very clearly and is one that can be reinforced at any time of the year. Definitely a classic, and definitely part of Thanksgiving traditions, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a must download.
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
“Where’s the turkey, Chuck?”
This holiday season, join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang around the table for a (very!) unique Thanksgiving dinner. From pilgrims to popcorn, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving comes to life in this beautifully re-mastered 40th anniversary edition. Magically marrying a book-like feel with clever interactive elements, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will leave your senses hungry for a second helping!
Kick the football with Charlie Brown, prepare the meal with Master Chef Snoopy, and set the table with Woodstock as the gang discovers the true meaning of Thanksgiving. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving captures the playful nature of this timeless TV classic through hundreds of living animations, illustrations and graphic elements. Make a new family tradition this holiday season – add A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to your digital library today!
• Featuring dialogue, music and sound effects from the original 1973 animated special.
• All-new art style turns every page into a living illustration
• Touch, tilt and slide your way through every page of the book!
• Leaf collecting feature and instructional elements playfully guide little readers through the story.
• “For Parents” area safely separates adult controls from child-friendly content.
• Enhanced type and improved swipe tabs increase the applications readability across devices.
• Engaging narration by Stephen Shea, the voice of Linus van Pelt.
• Three reading modes are included for your enjoyment: Read to Me, Read Myself, and Autoplay.
• Additional educational features include word highlighting and touch-to-speak technology.