Sunday, 9 December 2012

Frederick Spider story book for children - Review

Frederick Spider App by D-Line Illustrated by Henk Doorten
Story by Ans Heemstra

  • $2.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 21 July 2012
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 37.7 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch
  • Seller: D-Line
  • © D-Line
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

“Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalizing gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader’s imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading books.”

Anthony Browne, UK

The quote is so appropriate for the children’s app Frederick Spider by D-Line. This e-book was originally published as a picture book for the early childhood population but it appeals to a much wider audience.

Our main character, Frederick, is a spider that literally crawls across the pages of the story. When we first meet Frederick he is living inside a lady’s house and building spider webs. As we might have guessed, the lady of the house doesn't particularly care for Frederick’s webs so she puts him outside. While searching for a new home Frederick, learns that even though the world can be a scary place we can do anything with the help of a friend. 

Henk Doorten’s illustrations are a spectacular addition to the adorable storyline. They expressively assist in bringing Frederick and his friends to life.  Also Jerry Reed does a nice job narrating the English version.

Something that I would like D-Line to consider adding in future is when the story is read to the listener have the text be scanned and highlighted. That will help reinforce the building block of early literacy.

The illustrations are spectacular, the story line is engaging and Jerry Reed, the narrator in the English version, does an excellent job of drawing the children.  I can’t imagine why children with special needs would not enjoy the story along with learning language and early literacy skills.    More information about the app Frederick Spider created by D-Line can be accessed by clicking on the links.

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