Into the Snow: A Stella and Sam Adventure is a lovely interactive storybook for iPad, part of a series of apps developed by zinc Roe. Both English as well as French languages are included.
This is a simple and sweet story about a relatable sibling pair, Stella and Sam, as they venture out into the snow to go onto a toboggan ride. Based on the popular series of books and later a television show, this app consists of short video scenes as well as interactive sections that allow children to become part of this story.
The video clips included have a great look and sense of style, bright and colorful with charming watercolor details, and it is nice how the interactive scenes fit seamlessly together within this story.
The first interactive activity includes children using sticks, acorns and other found materials to create shapes and pictures, such as a sailboat or butterflies.
To complete each puzzle, drag the objects to their correct locations, seen as a subtle gray outline of the item one is creating. Distance ambient sounds like the wind blowing or birds chirping as well as the sound of a chime being played each time an object is moved can be heard, adding richness to the experience.
Not only are these puzzles fun and interactive, but I appreciate how Stella creates a motif around each puzzle once created, also showing as a faint gray drawing in the snow, demonstrating what one can do with one’s imagination, as the stick man turns into a soccer player or as the additional details are added to the sailboat which are also made from sticks. They then include an ocean full of waves and a “show shark” that moves with the tap of a finger as well as birds seen in the distance. I really enjoy the basic style of art used in these snow drawings, childlike and reminiscent of the illustrations found in Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Another interactive section includes the building of a snowman. To choose a detail or accessory like a hat, nose, or arm, tap on one of the two choices found left or right of the snowman. Doing so will have these chosen items added directly to the snowman – a nice activity for toddlers.
The other interactive section deals with objects hidden under the snow. Players use a finger to brush the snow away to uncover the hidden treasures once lost.
Each of these sections can be replayed with a different puzzle, snowman or hidden object activity as well – an especially nice touch, as is the menu that aids players in finding a favorite moment or interactive page of this storybook.
I enjoy how within these sections, cute commentary can be heard by these children, such as Sam exclaiming that he likes sailboats or wondering what could be under the snow about to be brushed off, such as possibly an elephant or polar bear. Do tap around the pages as well. Doing so will trigger some cute interactions in each of these interactive sections.
This is an app that my son and I really enjoy, as we do the entire series. This application is especially nice on days too cold to go outside ourselves. I recommend Into the Snow as I do the other Stella and Sam Adventure apps, as these storybooks always include Stella and Sam venturing out into nature, exploring their world and partaking of activities that require no plugging in of any kind, as well demonstrating a love between brother and sister that parents will smile at.
I am also happy to report that although I did not know a lot about Stella and Sam, we now take out these books by Marie-Louise Gay from the library often, enjoying them very much, and I appreciate how these characters translate so well to these videos and interactive scenes.
There are four apps within this series, but also please know that one can purchase this series together as one app, Stella and Sam Story Pack, for a great price.
Into the Snow: A Stella and Sam Adventure
Developer: zinc Roe
Released: 2011-03-10 00:00:00
Description from the Developer(Description en français plus bas.) Play alongside Stella and Sam and their dog Fred as they go outside to look for their toboggan. Make pictures in the snow, decorate a snowman and discover what’s hidden under the snow. The Stella and Sam Interactive Adventures combine stunning animation with three elegantly-designed activities.
The Stella and Sam Apps are based on the television show and the bestselling picture book series by Marie-Louise Gay. Stella and Sam books have been translated into fifteen languages. They have sold over one million copies and are loved by children all over the world.
SAM: “Where did our toboggan go Stella?”
STELLA: “Maybe it got lost in the snowstorm. Come on Sam, We’ll find it!”
Each Stella and Sam Adventure features:
• Beautiful fullscreen animation
• Three fun and simple games
• Quick navigation by chapter and game
• Support for English and French
“Stella and Sam is about engaging children to discover and explore the world around them, sparking children’s imaginations and encouraging their creativity.” Marie-Louise Gay, author and creator.
“My daughter really likes the Stella and Sam apps. The activities are creative and make you feel like you’re actually contributing to the story.” Debra, mom
"I don’t think I have seen another app like this before. It is very colourful, interactive and versatile, and will catch the attention of your young kids immediately." CanadianLadyBug
Visit stellaandsamapps.com to see the app in action and learn more about all of the Stella and Sam Apps!
Hop! Dans la neige!: Une aventure de Stella et Sacha
Retrouvez Stella, Sacha et leur chien Fred alors qu’ils partent à la recherche de leur luge perdue. Hop! Dans la neige combine adroitement des magnifiques illustrations et animations avec trois jeux conçus spécialement pour les enfants d’âge préscolaire.
SACHA: “Où est notre luge, Stella?”
STELLA: “Elle s’est peut-être égarée dans la tempête de neige. Viens, Sacha! Nous allons la retrouver!”
zinc Roe Games vous offre les Aventures Interactives de Stella et Sacha, une application qui combinent adroitement des dessins animés et des jeux pour créer une histoire amusante. Celle-ci s’inspire de la série télévisée et des populaires albums de Marie-Louise Gay.
Avec Hop! Dans la neige les enfants d’âge préscolaire retrouvent Stella, Sacha et leur chien Fred alors qu’ils partent à la recherche de leur luge perdue. Ils feront des dessins sur la neige, décoreront un bonhomme de neige et découvriront ce qui se cache sous la neige.
Caractéristiques de Hop! Dans la neige! :
• Histoire originale de quatre chapitres
• Trois jeux : Dessins sur neige, Bonhomme de neige et Sous la neige
• Dix minutes de narration d’histoire
• Possibilité de rejouer
• Navigation aisée par chapitre et jeu
• Français et anglais
« L’objectif de Stella et Sacha est d’encourager les enfants à découvrir et à explorer le monde qui les entour, à donner envol à leur imagination et à encourager leur créativité. » Marie-Louise Gay, auteure et créatrice.
Revenez nous voir bientôt pour d’autres Aventures Interactives de Stella et Sacha!