Meet Heckerty is a delightful interactive storybook app that introduces children to a relatable witch named Heckerty whom children will really enjoy.
The story is a charming introduction to the character of Heckerty, as she explains how here face turned green by a botched potion that was originally concocted to clear her skin of warts and spots before having her photo taken.
This story is told in the first person, with fabulous narration that really brings this character to life as well as including highlighted words and the chance to tap any word to hear it spoken. This book can also be read by oneself, but I am happy to announce that this narration is on my short list of best narration heard in an application to date.
I appreciate the sophisticated nature of this story’s structure told in a flashback as this witch explains how her face turned green, as well as this story opening up with Heckerty being in a frustrated mood which children will find relatable while never off-putting.
Simple illustrations are included that become animated with a tap. I admire the choice to keep the drawings auxiliary with the text center stage, keeping the focus on the storytelling which is quite engaging, as are the antics that ensue as Heckerty and her faithful cat work on a potion together with unintended results.
It is easy to recommend this app as adults and children will both love this story as do I.
I look forward to more stories about Heckerty from the “Love Heckerty” series of stories which were created by London’s Royal Storyteller, as this app is of a very high quality.
Meet Heckerty — a funny interactive family storybook for learning to read
Developer: Broomstick Productions, Inc.
Released: 2012-04-09 00:00:00
Description from the DeveloperDo you think learning can be funny? Would you like to laugh while you learn English? Meet our award-winning friend Heckerty — a 409 year old green-faced witch, hilarious and with a heart of gold.
An Editor’s Choice by Children’s Technology Review, a Mashable Kids Pick and proclaimed a “must have” by The Unofficial Apple Weblog, “Meet Heckerty” delivers. The superb narration and interactive animations are ideal for children 3-8 years old, as well as anyone learning English.
Kind and gentle, Heckerty learns every day from her own silly mistakes. And as kids laugh their way through her zany adventures and their magical interactive animations, they discover important life values — caring, inclusiveness, loyalty and integrity.
Everyone loves Heckerty and as you watch your child improve their reading and vocabulary while laughing with Heckerty, you will, too!
So download “Meet Heckerty” now and discover just how magical a child’s story can be!
• Editor's Choice, Mashable Kids Pick and named a “must have” by TUAW. Rated 5 stars by users & reviewers.
• Superb narration by famous BBC broadcaster; created by one of England’s most acclaimed storytellers, all in beautiful gentle English storytelling style
• Ideal for kids and adults to improve English reading & vocabulary — to be read out loud or as a bedtime story. Perfect for ESL (English as a second language) and children on the autism spectrum.
• Rich, entertaining interactive animations and graphics. Kids enjoy the storytelling, learning words and spelling as they play, and discovering values like diversity, inclusiveness and caring at the same time.
• Designed for children alone or with an adult (choose between the "Read to me" and "Read by myself" options).