About Heidi – The App
- Abridged versions by Deanne Shoyer, true to the original two Heidi books by Johanna Spyri
- Two story versions, one narrated by a young girl voice actor (from Heidi’s point of view), the other narrated by female voice actor (third party view)
- Wonderfully detailed illustrations by Diana Kizlauskas
- English and German language available
- With interactive sound-effects and audio-elements, spoken by actors
- Lots of fun extras in the Bits and Bobs section
- Compatible with iPad
- Heidi on the alp: 104 MB
- Heidi in Frankfurt: 160 MB
- Heidi and Klara: 124 MB
- Heidi story collection: 380 MB
- Requires iOS 5.0 or later
Pricing and availability:
- Single apps: $4.99 USD (or equivalent in other currencies)
- story collection: $8.99 USD (or equivalent in other currencies
- Available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
When first opening the Heidi Story App, after selecting your language preference (English or German), you can choose between one of three stories:
Heidi on the Alp (part 1)
Heidi in Frankurt (Part 2)
Heidi and Klara (Part 3)
There are two versions, a regular and an advanced reader option. I absolutely love the version that has Heidi telling the story with an adorable accent. This easier version has less text on the page and the text is highlighted as the story is read whereas the other version has more text and no highlighting. I like this option because it means that the app can “grow” with your child as their reading ability develops.
The story is very much the traditional story of Heidi. My 7 year old daughter and I have enjoyed snuggling up together with the iPad and listening to a story that I remember hearing many years ago. My daughter’s attention was kept throughout the entire story and she enjoyed the additional interactive and engaging options of being able to tap (in sequence) the characters after each “page” to hear their voices offer some dialogue to compliment the story.
There is a “Bits and Bobs” section that offers some additional information and activities including goat/sheep facts, jokes, quiz for comprehension (I love this part!), facts about The Heidi Village in Switzerland and facts about Alpine Flowers.
There is also a section for parents providing you with information such as when you re-open the app the story will resume at the page you were last reading, the story contains hidden sounds by tapping on the people and animals and when characters speak and there is a blue sparkly dot that appears above each character to indicate the order in which they speak. This information is appreciated, especially for those parents who are slightly less adept at “figuring out” apps and who would like to share this with a younger child.
Overall, this story app is a lovely opportunity for a child to sit down and listen to a classic, timeless story. It is an engaging story that teaches children about the importance of family. Did you know that the story Heidi was first published in 1880?!
For a more detailed summary of the Heidi story, visit Just Kids Apps – Heidi.
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