Developed by: Nosy Crow Limited
Interact with the story in ways that go beyond a printed text! In this app, readers can help Cinderella and her fairy godmother find the items needed to create a carriage or try to fit the glass slipper onto the feet of the snooty stepsisters. We love this app because it invites the reader to be a direct participant within the story’s narrative. Talk about increased engagement!
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Ask your child to share what he/she already knows about the fairy tale, Cinderella. This will activate prior knowledge and get his/her mind ready to read.
- Explain to your child that this app lets readers become part of the story by helping characters with different tasks. Encourage your child to explore the interactive features of this app, especially by touching the characters on the screen, which gives readers additional narration to better understand the story.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
As your child goes through the story, stop every now and then to chunk the information and monitor comprehension. For example, you may choose to:
- Chat about the character traits of Cinderella, the prince, the stepmother and/or the stepsisters. Discuss the similarities and differences between them.
- Listen carefully to the characters’ words. How do these utterances reveal what each character values?
- Talk about the importance of the glass slippers. Why are they a critical piece to the story’s outcome?
- At the end, discuss the themes of the story. Ask your child to “prove it” by showing you a specific scene that supports the response.
Ask your child questions about the interactivity of the story with questions like:
- How does the interactivity add to your understanding of the story?
- What interactive game did you like the best? Least?
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Ask your child to draw a detailed picture of his/her favorite part of the story and talk about why it was chosen. For older children, have them write a sentence or two explaining why this part is his/her favorite.
- The story ends with a wedding between the prince and Cinderella. Have your child extend the story by speculating what their life will be like in the future.
- Explain that every story has at least two sides. Have your child imagine the story from the point of view of a different character. How would this new version be the same and/or different from the app’s version?