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Brush of Truth

Educational Value:
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Skills:Vocabulary, Sight Words, Interactive Stories, Creative Writing, Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension

What we like best:

This interactive storybook encourages kids to stop and think about what they've read before moving on. Created in a “choose your own adventure” style, the app gives kids multiple decision points, a wonderful way to increase reading comprehension and fluency.

What you should know:

For a story about a magical paintbrush, this app is heavy on text and light on graphics.
Full Review:

Your child is the boss with this engaging reading app that lets him pick his own path through a magical world of sea creatures and enchanted spells. Handed multiple “decision points" as the story progresses, your child gets to choose what will happen and also decide how things will end.

There are lots of choices to pick from: 65 decision points and 20 potential endings. The overarching storyline is the tale of a magic brush that brings things to life. The story is thoughtfully written, not just an afterthought to the technology. And the theme of the tale, an all-powerful tool that lets the storyteller conjure up his own reality, further reinforces the idea that the reader is the creative force here; in this app the subject matter complements the structure perfectly.

Both the topic and the framework of this interactive book will be empowering for reluctant or remedial readers, but all readers can benefit. The forks in the road force young readers to pause and think about what they've read before going forward, a great way to encourage reading comprehension.

Teacher Features:
Teachers can use this tool as an introduction to creative writing assignments or a sometimes swap for regular print reading.
Reviewed 2012-10-05 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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Price:$1.99
Grade:Fourth Grade
Topic:Reading
Platform:Apple, Android
Publisher:Story Bayou
Standards:Reading: Foundational Skills &ndash reading fluency. Reading: Literature &ndash craft and structure integration of knowledge and ideas.