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NOT WITHOUT BEAR by Anna Grossnickle Hines


by Anna Grossnickle Hines & illustrated by Anna Grossnickle Hines & developed by appropo

Age Range: 1 - 4

Pub Date: Nov. 11th, 2011
Publisher: appropo

Audrey’s day is full of playful adventure with faithful companion, Bear. But bedtime arrives, and Bear is missing. Can you help find him? 

Adapted by the author from her 2000 pop-up book, this charmingly simple story of a girl and her best friend unfolds into an interactive game of hide and seek. Toddlers and preschoolers alike will relate to Audrey’s spunk and imagination, as well as to her devotion to her favorite friend/toy. Well-paced and subtly illustrated, with interactive "hide-and-seek" elements throughout, the app gives little ones free rein to throw back the bed covers, overturn the toy basket, un-pile the sofa cushions and open cabinets and drawers in search of the precious furry toy. And when he’s found, it’s off to bed, with sweet relief and sweet dreams for Audrey and Bear ending a story little ones will likely return to, time and time again. Here's hoping an update can add in a few missing pieces, such as more navigation options to help parents take their children back to their favorite pages and hints to help little ones find the animations.

All in all, it's a solid first-app effort by a veteran children’s author who obviously understands her audience. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)