Monday, January 14, 2013

New App for Kids -- Sofia the First: Story Theater (Review)

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"To coincide with the season premiere of the all new Disney Junior animated series “Sofia the First” on January 11th, Disney Publishing has released the first “Sofia the First” storybook app for iOS devices: Sofia the First: Story Theater. The app follows the show's opening storyline and features the original voice of Sofia, narrated by ABC’s Modern Family star Ariel Winter, and the other characters of the TV show, including Sara Ramirez from Grey's Anatomy as Sofia’s mother.

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The new storybook app is perfect for beginning readers, featuring beautiful illustrations combined with elegant animation to tell an interactive story that is tailored to the iPad and iPhone experience with tappable elements on each story page. Children can even create and record personal stories as part of a digital story theater, providing them an opportunity to use their imagination and creativity to hand-select characters, backdrops, props and music to enrich their own story creation. 

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In the app storyline, Sofia learns an important lesson: that looking like a princess isn’t all that hard but behaving like one must come from the heart.  As a new resident of the castle with her mother’s recent marriage to the King, Sofia must learn how to behave like a Princess while also dealing with her stepbrother and stepsister, who aren’t entirely happy about her arrival.  With the help of a magical amulet, which allows her to talk with new animal friends, and three familiar fairies in charge of the Royal Training Academy — Flora, Fauna and Merryweather of Disney’s classic “Sleeping Beauty" – Sofia learns how to fit into her new role, enjoy her new life and learn how family, friends and special relationships are important. Classic Disney princesses Ariel, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle and Jasmine even make special appearances in the app!

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Sofia the First: Story Theater is available now $3.99 on the iTunes store:"


My Thoughts:

While Savannah has been laid up with the stomach bug going around, I was able to put a smile on her face this past weekend when I surprised her with this new storybook app from Disney Publishing.  Both my daughters became instant fans of Sofia the First, a new animated series which first aired with a special last November, but finally returned on Jan. 11th with new episodes.  Have your little princesses seen this show yet?  If not, you will have to make sure to tune in or record it and watch with them.  Disney has done it again with another great series that will become an instant hit with little ones.  And, fans of the show will also love this new app.

The app is easy to navigate and will provide hours of entertainment.   Savannah's favorite part of the app is being able to create her own personalized stories, by choosing popular show characters, props and music -- like shown below:

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When she is not creating her own adventures, she loves reading along with the story and clicking on each image to bring them to life.  Unlike other apps that don't use the original voices from the popular animated series, this new app from Disney does feature the voices of each character from the show, which I love. 
And, at only $3.99, this is a steal for such an amazing app that little girls will go crazy for.  I know, as my daughter, Savannah, hasn't stop asking for it since I showed it to her on Friday. :-)  


Disclosure: I was sent a promo code to download this app to review from the vendor.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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