Classic fairy tales and books based on these have always been some of my favorite and my children’s favorite as well. The Snow Queen Musical Children’s Interactive Storybook Adventure (by Sunshine Musicals) is a wonderful example of a classically inspired storybook that sparks the imagination due to its beautiful graphics, stunning music and songs, engaging sounds, professional storytelling, and interactive coloring pages.
This story is based on the well-known fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen, a compelling story about good vs. evil and true friendship. In this iPad story, our heroine Gerda has to embark upon a long journey to save her best friend, a boy named Kai, from an enchanted spell and the clutches of wicked Snow Queen. The artwork is reminiscent of Disney quality, being very pretty, detailed, and compelling to look at.
You’ll find a handful of animations and interactions on every page, and although there are nice animations throughout, many of the characters’ movements and a few interactive opportunities come across as a bit mechanical as they bob, float, or see-saw across the pages in a paper doll fashion. But oddly enough, there is an interesting quality about them. The beautifully orchestrated music caught my attention upon opening the app, along with the 5 original songs you’ll find within the 27 pages of the story. Your kids will definitely enjoy singing along with the text provided. I was pleasantly surprised by the great quality of the music and vocalists, as well as the background sounds. I especially liked the howling wind and swirling snow that literally made me want to curl up with a blanket.
The music and graphics (of an evil fairy floating in the dark sky) grabbed my attention right from the start, but it was the moment that the professional narration began that I was hooked by the “elderly” women drawing me in closer to listen for a spell as the whole tale unfolded before my eyes. After listening to the awesome story, children will be happy to discover coloring sheets. There are 4 coloring sheets depicting the main characters from the story with 14 different colors to choose from. Kids will find 3 thicknesses to color in their chosen picture with, using either their fingers or a styllus. There are also 2 types of erasers and the option to save to the camera roll. Although I love the idea of coloring sheets to go along with the story, coloring in the very fine details of the drawings and keeping them within the lines was a little frustrating.
As far as app navigation, I found the navigation in this book to be very easy to use and get around in. The story can be enjoyed in two ways: Read to Me or Read it Myself. The Read to Me has highlighted text good for emerging readers and also helps you follow along with the story at a nice pace. Animations, sound effects, and all music and songs are heard in this mode. There isn’t any highlighted text when reading alone, but animations, sound effects, music and some songs are still present. I think the animations are better received when in the narration mode surrounded by all the combined sounds. Simple right and left arrows take you page by page or you can touch the snowflake icon (upper right) to return you back to the home page, or the More button to skip to any page, the credits, contact information, and coloring pages.
Regardless of the few minor quirks, The Snow Queen Musical Children’s Interactive Storybook Adventure, iPad Book app, is overall an irresistible book that combines so many wonderful aspects (pretty graphics, stunning music and songs, engaging sounds, and professional storytelling) that you can’t help but get caught up in the awesome theatrical/musical experience. To get a peek into this children’s storybook, watch the iPad video app demo for this iPad and iPhone book application. Watch our other iPad video app demos . Mrs. Crazy Mike
The Snow Queen Musical Children’s Interactive Storybook Adventure iPad App Details
Title: The Snow Queen Musical Children’s Interactive Storybook Adventure
Size: 58.0 MB
Developer: Sunshine Musicals
Store: iTunes App Store
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The Snow Queen Musical Children’s Interactive Storybook Adventure iPad Developers App Description
A Wonderful Musical Story book Adventure based on the Classic Fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen!
Featuring five original fully orchestrated children songs with sing-a-long text – Beautiful illustrations – Fun interactive characters – Coloring pages and much more!
Digital Storytime recommends this app with a ★★★★ rating and writes “This tale really shines with its highly-produced musical sets and the sheer length of the story. Older children will enjoy it as much as younger ones…This is truly one spectacular musical app … the story is captivating but the musical performances simply rival any found in the app world.”
Apps for Kids says “Fantastic musical sets and dramatic illustrations in a lovely story app. Wow, what a super production!”
Created for the iPad, this app can also be enjoyed on both the iPhone and iPod touch!
The Snow Queen is an adventurous tale of friendship between two children Gerda and Kai. When Kai is kidnapped by the evil Snow Queen, Gerda undertakes an epic journey to bring him home. Along the way she encounters colorful characters, such as the Queen of Spring, a group of tricky bandits, and a magical reindeer!
With 5 beautifully produced original songs, both children and parents can sing-a-long together, while enjoying this timeless tale of friendship.
• Five original fully orchestral kid-friendly songs, performed by professional singers, with sing along text!
• Beautiful illustrations with fun interactive characters and hidden surprises on each page!
• Full cast of characters performed by professional actors!
• 4 coloring pages when you view on iPad!
• “Read to Me” featuring dramatic narration and music.
• “Read it Myself” for your own personalized experience.
• Funny sound effects.
• Highlighted text to assist young readers.
• Easy to navigate table of contents.
Be sure to have your sound on and volume
All five songs are available on iTunes!
They are by the wonderful artists at Blue Monkey Studios!
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