Snow Queen by the developers at Timecode is a very nice adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name – a lengthy tale traditionally told over seven stories.
I am impressed by how this app also is broken into seven stories to create a thorough version of this classic story – nice to see as many times the Snow Queen is abridged, and oftentimes without the back story of how the magic mirror, which makes all things beautiful look ugly, is produced here by a goblin. It is this mirror, when broken, also negatively affects the people who get imbedded by these shards, making them see and feel as though everything around them is ugly as well.
This is a favorite story of mine as a child, as the idea of being manipulated this way by parts of a broken mirror affected me a great deal, and I am glad to have access to a version that is not shortened or watered down for children, as this version can also be enjoyed by adults, including Andersen fans who have certain expectations from adaptations of his work.
Effective narration is included which I have enjoyed listening to. Although the text is read a little quickly, I don’t believe that this narration is hard to understand or to follow as the sentences are highlighted – a nice touch that differs from the word-for-word highlighting that some books include.
Illustrations are also included – hand-painted and lush with details. It is worth noting that although a smaller illustration is included on the top of each page of text, a beautiful, full page illustration is found after ever page or two, making this not primarily a picture book but a very nice version of this story for an older child who can sit and listen for a good length of time.
Interactions are activites also included adding some fun yet minimal sounds and animations to the illustrations. I appreciate how a hint button is included showing where to tap to find hotspots or how to interact in different ways that children will enjoy, but are not the main selling point of this application.
Parents of older grade school children will be happy to introduce the Show Queen via this application, be it listening to the narration, reading this book out loud themselves, or by children reading this tale to themselves.
I do wish, however, that a table of contents were available in case a family does not have time to complete all seven stories, and it is unfortunate that if this app is closed, the space where readers left off is not saved. Because of this, it is good to know that this app, if left running on the iPad, will open to the page currently being read.
Although I recommend this app now as very nice storytelling, complete with beautiful artwork and lovely background music, being able to bookmark a page as well as a table of contents would be worthwhile inclusions for a future update.
Released: 2012-12-12 00:00:00
Description from the Developer★ Special introductory 20% discount ★
★ Ranked #1 in Top Paid iPad Books in Russia and Ukraine ★
"Snow Queen" – this is a fairy tale that has warmed the hearts of millions of children and adults for almost 200 years. The ingenious Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, also authored "The Little Mermaid", "The Emperor’s New Clothes" and many other children books.
The book is illustrated by the award winning artist Vladyslav Yerko. These gorgeous, detailed illustrations were drawn by the master using ultra-fine brushes under a large magnifying glass!
# Fairy Tale of the Year 2012 Nominee ––– SmartAppsForKids.com
# This Kids’ iPad app is one of the most masterfully crafted interactive books I’ve ever come across ––– CrazyMikesApps.com
# This is not your typical e-book, in fact, it is a beautifully illustrated and interactive presentation of a truly engaging story that surprised the entire staff ––– ToysBulletin.com
✓ 27 pages full of surprises: moving characters and hilarious sounds, more than 300 interactive objects!
✓ 7 mini-games: coloring book (with 5 different modes of painting), jigsaw puzzles (3 levels of difficulty), hidden objects, and more
✓ The book is narrated by the talented voice artist, Johanna Parker
✓ Works on all iPad models, full Retina Display support
✓ Available in three languages – English, Russian, Ukrainian
★ SPECIAL F/X
* The book will charm you from the first page – look into the eyes of the Snow Queen and touch Kai’s hair!
* Lightly tap the top of the iPad to make it SNOW!
* See yourself in the curved mirror of the Evil Troll
* And then stoke (blow – literally!) the flame in the fireplace and write on a frosty window
* Magic holiday atmosphere on the last page – tap the iPad top or blow for more snow, lit windows of the cathedral, hear Christmas organ!
* Printed version of the book was published by Ukrainian I.Malkovich Publishing «A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA» in 19 countries and won many international awards, among them:
* Grand Prix at the National Contest "Book of the Year 2000"
* "Man of the Book" title awarded by Moscow Magazine "Book Reviews" in 2002 for the artist V. Yerko
* "Best Children's Book of 2006" (USA) by the Anderson House Foundation