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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Interactive Stories, Spelling

What we like best:

The original artwork gets an interactive upgrade, making this storybook app feel like a modern walk down memory lane.

What you should know:

Nostalgia, holiday spirit and reading skills come together in an app, enjoyable for all ages.
Full Review:

The Peanuts gang is back, searching for the meaning of Christmas in this beloved, heartfelt eBook. Charlie Brown is one of the longest-held traditions for families everywhere, so what better way to celebrate the season than to share the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas?

This interactive storybook takes kids through the timeless tale, boasting all of the original cast voices, vintage illustrations (with a modern twist) and fun activities. Interactive surprises are hidden on every page; once little learners tap, swipe and tilt each element, a special gift is unlocked. Children will love playing the piano, caroling with the choir and collecting ornaments throughout the story to decorate their very own virtual tree—additional trimmings can be purchased in the app. Tap words to hear them spoken aloud, and skip around the story to reread favorite passages.

The words are fairly small on a smartphone, but they’re much easier to read on an iPad or larger tablet screen. This holiday story is traditional enough to make adults nostalgic, and includes enough virtual treats to keep kids engaged and coming back for more—now that’s a Christmas miracle!

Teacher Features:
Read along with the original voice of Charlie Brown, Peter Robbins, so kids can both see and hear the words on each page.
Reviewed 2012-12-10 on iPhone iOS6 by Jae Curtis

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Price:$4.99 – $6.99
Grade:Third Grade
Topic:Reading
Platform:Android, Apple
Publisher:LoudCrow Interactive
Standards:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.3.4