Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes
When Paul first told me about Jack and the
Beanstalk on the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch I was really excited. This is
another great learning book that our youngest son could enjoy and use to
learn how to read. When I tried to find it confusion ensued. Let me help
our readers out there. The full game name is Jack and the Beanstalk by
Mindshapes. Yes you need the 'by Mindshapes." Once you get over that
hurdle you can start to enjoy this book.
The graphics are really neat. They have a modern look and feel to them. There are some slight animations here and there that enhance this electronic children's book. There are a few slight mini games that relate to the beanstalk. I am not even sure they are a mini game, more like an interactive portion of a book. I found no offensive images while using Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes.
The voice acting in Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes is good. I enjoyed the narrator, especially when he would do voices of other characters. The music enhances Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes. If you want to read Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes by yourself then you can do that as well, and leave the narrator behind.
The price is fair for Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes. The book is short, but it can be read again and again. In fact you may get tired of hearing it. I have not yet, but in a few weeks I am sure I will be wanting our youngest to read something else. You can skip to any page in the book that you want to in case you do not want to read the entire thing.
I have one complaint about Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes. This educational app has a loading screen in between each and every page. Other electronic books I have used let the user flip between pages quickly. This loading screen is the one drawback to Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes. This is still a very usable product.
The end of Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes has an interesting little twist. Jack shares his wealth with everyone. This is a wonderful lesson in charity. The down side to Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes is it teaches to steal from the wealthy. Don't work hard to attain wealth, just steal from someone else. I can see a particular political party falling in love with Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes.
Family Friendly Factor: 82%
System: iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone
ESRB Rating: '4+' for 4+
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