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The Littlest Girl On The Big iPad Screen

Parents are getting a lot of help recently with teaching and literacy for their children using the iPad. Just yesterday we mentioned a fun and interactive app to help pre-school children learn their Alphabet and today we heard about the release of Thumbelina for the iPad.

This interactive children's book is from Parent-programmers Touchoo, who focus on producing beautiful book-apps for Toddlers and pre-school children. We have to say the illustrations by artist and illustrator Hagit Hashimshoni are really appealing and simply gorgeous. More of her illustrations for this book are to be found in a Flickr group here.

Interactive Features

An interesting approach has been taken in some scenes, as you will see in the video above, where children are encouraged to interact with the Thumbelina story by physically moving the drawing and acting out the story. We thought this was a nice innovation and will help to engage the child's imagination by becoming actively involved with the story telling process.

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There are four ways to experience the story of Thumbelina with this app (taken from the iTunes description):

  1. Read to Me – listen to the story, narrated in English
  2. Read Myself – the most flexible story time experience
  3. Record myself – your voice, your language, and your way to tell the story!
  4. Auto page flip – Using any one of the narration options, pages will turn automatically. Best for little ones, when they’re reading alone.

Thumbelina for the iPad is on sale at 50% of its usual price until 31 August to celebrate the launch of the app, so you can pick it up now for £1.19 ($1.99) if you are quick.

If you try it, let us know what you and your little ones think of it, in the comments below.

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bought this at the weekend. it is excellent, my (very nearly) 2 year old loves it. the opening page where you tap to reveal thumbelina and the page where you have to knock on Mr Mouse door before he'll open it are particular favourites.

excellent book...more of the same please.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames

Hi James, we are very pleased you, ahem, we mean your daughter liked it. It was a hit here too, lovely app.

August 30, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Thanks for the feedback, James. Really glad you both liked it!
Feel free to share that opinion on iTunes please. It will be a great help to Thumbelina and to those who love it (us)! http://bit.ly/TinyHDBlogs

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOmer / Touchoo

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