Thumbelina 1.0 for iPad – Elegant, Premium Quality Book for Children

By on Apr 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation – Little Bird Studio today is pleased to introduce Thumbelina 1.0 for iPad, its premium quality book for children that is a highly literate, fully interactive retelling of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Featuring graceful animation, joyful illustrations, professional narration & character voiceovers, original music, imaginative sound effects, and more than 10 interactive elements per page, Thumbelina will continue to reveal additional pleasures with every reading. All interactive motion is controlled by the app’s built-in physics engine, e.g., hanging picture frames can be rotated around their hook and released to swing back and forth until settling.

Feature Highlights:
* Friendly design and beautiful illustrations
* All pages are animated and touch-interactive
* Sound effects on touching objects
* Original music
* You can listen to professional voiceover or read the text yourself
* Easy, children-friendly navigation
* Graphics adapted both for Retina and non-Retina displays
* Good for children of all ages
* Try to use accelerometer: turn your iPad to see object’s reaction

Originally published in 1835, “Thumbelina is about a tiny girl and her adventures with appearance- and marriage-minded toads, moles, and cockchafers [Junebugs or beetles]. She successfully avoids their intentions before falling in love with a flower-fairy prince just her size,” according to Wikipedia. During her adventures, Thumbelina meets various characters, some friendly and some not, including a: toad, fish, butterfly, beetle, field mouse, mole, swallow, and a flower-fairy.

Unlike many similar ebooks for children, Thumbelina features a generous amount of text per page. Kids, parents, teachers, and caregivers can set the app to have the story read aloud or not. Featuring the British basso profundo Roger Watson, his dramatic reading of the story and voicing of the animals are impeccable. With accompanying music and animated graphics, the longer than usual text per page allows the reader to sink deeply into the story and illustrations.

For example, the book begins with the following on the first page, “Once upon a time there lived a woman. She planted a magic barleycorn in a flowerpot. The very next day, the grain had turned into a lovely flower. Inside the flower sat a tiny girl, no bigger than a thumb. The woman called her Thumbelina. She could dance and sing, and had a soft, sweet voice. For a bed she had a walnut shell, and for her blanket, a rose petal.” Read slowly and with great expression, each page of the book draws the reader/auditor deeper into the narrative.

After hearing the text aloud, readers are free to explore every inch of the illustration, where they will discover many interactive elements. In the above example, Thumbelina’s walnut-shell shell rocks like a cradle with the appropriate creaking sound; each rose petal on the floor can be moved and swiped, sending it tumbling across the screen; each leaf in the flowerpot can be changed from red to cyan with a sparkling sound effect: each of the eight stamens in the flower’s center can be plucked as if made of wire; outside the window, hidden toads can be found croaking; and touching Thumbelina causes her to speak as voiced by Sydney Rae White.

Page after page, animated & layered graphics drive the story forward, and the narrator’s beautifully modulated performance of the text casts a spell over the reader. With soft, subtle illustrations by Anna Kislitsyna, original thematic music by Matvey Stepanenkov, touch-activated sound effects by Maxim Putilov, and programming by Ekaterina Putilova, Thumbelina is among the most artistically produced books of fairy tales in the App Store.

“I wanted to make a high-quality story book – with nice illustrations, voiceover, and with many interactive elements, because after trying to find something for my own little daughter, I wasn’t satisfied with the results,” explained Ekaterina Putilova of Little Bird Studio. “Some objects in my book are touch-sensitive and some are tilt-sensitive. I use a physics engine, which is unusual for a children’s book. For example, if you move a leaf it falls down. My app hasn’t lots of buttons, just the simplest navigation, which will be clear even for the youngest users.”

Language Support:
* English and Russian

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 60.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Thumbelina 1.0 is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Review copies are available on request.

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Based in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Little Bird Studio was founded by Ekaterina Putilova in 2013. Indie developer Ekaterina specializes in children’s and educational apps. Copyright (C) 2013 Little Bird Studio. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.