Elfishki and the UnWelcome Guest is an application for the iPad. The colors are very vivid and captivating for a child. The book is intended for ages 4 to 9 and my daughter assisted me with this review – she is 7.
The application has a couple options – you can read the story, listen to the story or play a game. When reading/listening to the story you simply scroll through the pages (a scroll arrow is located in the lower right hand corner) as you are ready to move on.
When you scroll to a page with graphics, click anywhere on the page to begin that page’s animation and interactive art. The animation is an awesome feature of the program allowing the child to really get into the story.
Your child also has the option to listen to the story while following along with the text. The text helps your child analyze the text and boost their imagination to make predictions about the story.
The story itself was very age appropriate and entertaining for my daughter. Every page has three gems in the middle on the bottom with a question mark in them. They are somewhat hidden in this screen print but they are there. Click on a gem and it reveals a question for your child. Every page has three gems – hence, three questions. The story is developed to captivate your child’s conscious reading skills according to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. I would not hesitate to purchase additional interactive story applications from Elka Palka Production. Out of a five star rating – I would absolutely give it 5 Stars!
Additionally, the application also includes a game for your child to play. It is “Help Jeanso Pack His Backpack”. Basically, the backpack identifies an object to find and your child searches for the object, then drag/drops it into the backpack. At the end, the backpack is full and the room is nice and tidy.
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