StoryChimes™ are interactive children's stories available for the iPhone and iPod Touch accessible exclusively through Apple's iTunes App Store. These fun and educational stories are brought to life by great narration, music and more! StoryChimes are fun for children as well as parents, who remember the books of yesteryear that prompted you to turn the page "when you hear the chime." Best of all you can take all of your favorite stories with you, without carrying all of those books!
We were fortunate to download a free copy of the StoryChimes book The Queen Bee.
The Queen Bee is a tale of three brothers, princes actually, who couldn't be more different. The youngest and simplest of the bunch sets out in search of his much more adventurous brothers. His brothers find him something of a nuisance, and simple too! They tease and bully him the whole journey until they arrive at an enchanted castle that's been turned to stone. They are given three challenges to complete to restore the castle to its original beauty, and whoever completes all three tasks will be rewarded with the princess' hand in marriage. Simpleton finds a way to beat the odds and break the enchantment, living happily ever after.
I had never heard of The Queen Bee before, but Little Music Man and I really enjoyed this story. I let Little Music Man "turn" the pages whenever he heard the chimes, and although sometimes he was a little impatient and wanted to turn the page before we heard the chime, he seemed content listening to the story and seeing all the colorful illustrations.
I thought the story itself was great--teaching lessons such as how being nice to everyone (including animals and insects) is important and rewarding and how to never give up. What really added to the storytelling experience was the wonderful narration and background music.
This app did indeed remind me of books that came with accompanying cassette tapes or CDs that I used to read when I was little, in which I'd have to turn the page whenever I heard a chime.
StoryChimes offers many more books for little ones to enjoy, and it's an inexpensive way to entertain and educate kids while also teaching them important life lessons.
Shop: You can purchase The Queen Bee (ARV $.99) and other StoryChimes books on iTunes.
Thank you to StoryChimes for providing the product for review free of charge. All opinions are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.