December 1, 2011
The collaboration of Oceanhouse Media and HarperCollins continues to bring more great Berenstain Bears titles to the App Store, and The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree in plenty of time to enjoy the fun throughout the holiday season. It's tough to beat this classic children's book series of delightful stories about the Bears living in Bear Country. And speaking of delightful, The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree takes you and your children alongside Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother, and Honey Bear as they once again decorate a joyful looking pine tree with the families' favorite holiday ornaments and the Christmas star. In this particular omBook, readers tap on virtual flaps to reveal story elements hidden behind. A couple of examples include discovering the siblings favorite toys and what kind of mischief the family members end up creating. The app has three ways to experience the story: "Read it Myself" allows reading and viewing the material in the same manner that traditional books would offer, "Read to Me" highlights each word as it is professionally narrated, and "Auto Play" adds narration but also automatically turns the page when it is completed. This is a nice feature for very young children, or to just make the experience a little more like a movie. Some additional features to help promote reading and provide even more enjoyment include words that are spoken and zoom up when pictures are touched, custom background audio for each scene, plus fun animations and sounds to help pages come alive. A wonderful combination of capabilities to complement the passionate artwork of Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain. The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later, and available in the App Store at the introductory price of $0.99.