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Pop-Out The Tale of Peter Rabbit is an experience unto itself. How many times have I read The Tale of Peter Rabbit? That cute little green book held by my children's little hands. I cannot think of their childhood without including Beatrix Potter.
So what would my opinion be of an ipad/iphone/itouch app that takes this childhood classic and brings it into the 21st century?
Absolutely incredible !!!!!
Loud Crow, the makers of this app have pulled together an incredible team of talented people to delight us with the world of Peter Rabbit.
First, there is a wonderful balance between the classic story, artwork and touch technology. The story is read to us by the gentle voice of a British woman while lovely classical piano music plays in the background.
As each page comes into view there are tabs to be pulled, and wheels to be spun, just like in a "real" pop-out book. While we touched each little character, vegetable, leaf etc, sound effects of birds, bees,a breeze, and even a bonfire are playing in the background.
The big highlight for us were the pages that had the "pop-out" elements. Autumn leaves come trickling down. When you touch them they become these beautiful enlarged leaves floating down to the bottom of the page.
Another favorite page are the blackberries. As they sit on the page you can touch them and they squish and splat. We just love that.
One can choose to read the book silently or listen. For young readers they have a read along choice which highlights the words as the narrator reads aloud. There is also a touch word feature. As a child reads silently along, if they don't know how a word is pronounced they can touch the word and it is spoken for them.
The extreme care that was placed in creating this book is visible. Still there is the charming art work of Beatrix Potter, everything else adds to an immersive experience into the world of Peter Rabbit. There is room on the collective bookshelf for both versions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. So often we want to make things black and white, good and bad, worthy or unworthy. One does not replace the other, each is a unique experience.
After spending an evening with the Pop Out version of Peter Rabbit I can say we were completely enchanted. We didn't feel it was gimicky or invasive but an authentic experience which left the feeling that we had taken a gentle journey in Mr. McGreggor's garden and met a little rabbit named Peter. We were completely captivated. The kids and I highly recommend this book and wish you many enjoyable moments.
For the record, I purchased this app myself and shared it with my family. All of today's photos come from the Loud Crow website.