Developed by: Nosy Crow Limited
Nosy Crow does it again! The company known for its uniquely designed, interactive eBooks has set its sights on Little Red, and readers are all the better for it. The users are in complete control and can choose different paths that alter the storyline. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Ask your child to share what s/he already knows about the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. Who are the major characters? Where does the story take place? What is the main problem in the story? Asking questions like these will activate prior knowledge and get your child’s mind ready to read.
- The Big Bad Wolf is one of the major characters in this story. Ask your child to name other books that have a Big Bad Wolf (i.e. The Three Little Pigs). What do we know about the wolf from those stories? How does the wolf usually behave? What is it that the wolf wants? Using that information, make predictions about how the wolf may behave in this book.
- Explain to your child that this app lets readers become part of the story by helping the characters with tasks, and by choosing different routes and narrative paths. Encourage your child to explore the interactive features of this app by tapping, tilting, swiping, dragging, and zooming on the screen! One great feature is that when a user taps the characters on the screen, additional narration is heard. This additional narration allows readers to better understand the story.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
Discuss new vocabulary heard in the app, such as:
- "FORK IN THE PATH"
While reading, your child may notice a blue dot flashing on the screen. This dot is used to prompt readers to tap the screen to elicit an action. For instance, after the initial narration is over, a blue dot flashes on a character. If you tap on Little Red Riding Hood on the second screen, she may say, “Can you help me pack the basket?” Your child may then try to move the food into the picnic basket.
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- In this app, the paths that users choose determine the storyline. For example, if your child chooses paths that collect feathers, dandelions, and bees, Little Red Riding Hood will use those items to defeat the Big Bad Wolf. Have your child go back and reread the story, this time choosing different paths and noticing how they affect the final scenes.
- Create a map of your neighborhood. Look at the app’s map and discuss the major locations seen there and how they connect to the story. Then take a walk or simply think about the local stops in your neighborhood (i.e. library, a friend’s house, park). Use a blank piece of paper and sketch out these locations, being sure to include your house on the map. Color the map to bring it to life!
- Read Lon Po Po by Ed Young, a popular Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood. Have your child compare and contrast Young’s version with the app’s version. What is the same about the two books? What is different? Which version does your child prefer and why?