Little Red Riding Hood Review
Don’t be afraid of the big bad app: this interactive children’s story for iOS is rather good
As a retelling of the age-old fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow is an engaging way to help children learn to read and have a lot of fun at the same time. Much has been said about the way in which apps have damaged the interest in reading among the young, but there is a strong argument that offerings like this app help to get children more excited about reading.
Users of the app can go down one of two paths. Firstly, they can enjoy the Read and Play mode, which lets them read the text on screen with accompanying narration. Every time a word is spoken, it is highlighted in red. What makes the narration unique is that it uses children’s voices. The theory of this is that this holds a child’s attention to a greater degree.
There is also a ‘read by myself’ mode that allows a child to work at his or her own pace, tapping the right arrow when complete. In both modes, small blue dots prompt the child to tap and get more out of the story. They can also call up a map and get a greater sense of the world in which they are now involved.
Along the way there are some nice little games, one of the first being to pack a picnic basket with food. These mini-games work well at driving children on and making the app even more interactive. It’s a classic story told in a new format – great for the younger readers it’s appealing to.
A beautiful and absorbing way of engaging children in an old tale, aiding learning and discussion.
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