My kids all three have loved the Berenstain Bears. Matter of fact I loved the Berenstain Bears when I was younger. In our home we read a lot of stories together. Now that Gabby is reading so well on her own she’ll even read to her brother sometimes. When it comes to the holidays such as Halloween this month, we usually buy a new story book to read to get into the spirit. Over the past year the kids have been enjoying reading more of the interactive stories on our family iPad.
The Berenstain Bears Go On a Ghost Walk is available in the Apple App Store, Android Market Place and the Amazon App Store for $2.99.
We read this story together as a family. I love how the app opens to a menu selection giving the option of being read to, reading it yourself or auto play. We tried both options. During the interactive story when it reads aloud to you the words on the page are highlighted so you can follow along. Before swiping your finger to turn the page you can touch objects in the picture and the word of the object will show on the screen and the narrator will read it out loud. This is a great learning experience for kids. It helps children learn sight words and get used to following along with a story at the correct speed.
No matter which option you select you can touch a word on the page and it will speak the word out loud. So if the child is comfortable reading to themselves yet stumbles on one word they can touch that word. If they use the option to be read to and want to remember a certain word they can still have it go back and repeat any words they touch.
I was extremely impressed with all the objects in the picture it would recognize when you touched. For instance there is one scene where they are sitting in a wagon being pulled by horses for a hay ride with pumpkins and lights on the trailer. Even the bandana Papa was wearing was recognized, along with lights, jack-o-lanterns, horses, teen boys in the trailer, etc.
I would recommend these books to anyone with an iPad and I will be purchasing more for my children.
Full Disclosure: I was given a download code for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine.