Friday, November 29, 2013

The Nativity Story App Review

Disclosure:  I was provided with this app to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Thanks so much to FlyBy and the sponsor.  As part of this campaign I am eligible to win prizes.

I have a fun new children's app to tell you about, The Nativity Story App!  It is colorful, interactive and tells of a great story - that of Jesus' birth.  It is available on both the iPad and iPhone.

You can see from this photo that this app has a pop-up book feel to it with the way the illustrations are done.  I really like the character and feel this lends to the story.

 My kids have been super engaged using this app.

The whole story is set to rhyme which my kids love!  Not only can you read or listen to the story itself but there are tons of interactive opportunities woven throughout.  Red boxes will appear next to characters - when pushed they will make additional comments or ask and answer questions to other characters.  Windows can be opened, ropes can be pulled, the donkey can be moved with your hand and so much more.

 They have really enjoyed the tapping, swiping and many interactive features within.  

C loves to make the chickens fly.

Listening to the story.

D listening and interacting with this app.

I really like that you can have the story read to you (great for my younger ones) or you can read the story for yourself (great for my older ones).  And I love the band of angels at the end.  You can choose which angels and their instruments are playing during the song Noel.

 This is extremely cool!

The Nativity Story - Popup Deluxe Edition retails for $3.99 on the iPad and The Nativity Story - Popup Mini Edition retails for $1.99 on the iPhone.

Read more about this App below.

About The Nativity Story
Where will baby Jesus be born?  At the market?  AT a restaurant?  At the inn?  Readers of this book app can follow Joseph and Mary on their search for a place to stay in Bethlehem.  Along the way they encounter a variety of colorful local people and animals.  This is a fun and engaging way to share the original story of Christmas with the young generation and remind them what Christmas is all about.  Great for kids 2-10.

You can watch a video on The Nativity Story App here.

Why Kids Love This App
 - It's like a vintage pop-up book, with classic woodcut-style illustrations
 - By tapping and swiping, kids can help Joseph and Marty find a place to stay.
 - Knock on doors ... Pull on the rope... Ring the bell... Open windows... Make people talk...
 - Create music!  Help a band of angels play their instruments.
 - Lots of characters to get to know: Innkeeper, Merchant, Shepherds, Chef, A Band of Actors, Neighborhood Children, Mary's Donkey, Farm Animals and of course... Angels!
 -  Funny sound effects!

Why Parents and Grandparents Love This App
 - Nostalgia.  It feels like a classic pop-up book, bringing back memories for parents and grandparents.
 - Optional Narration: Listen to the old-timey narrator tell the story, or read the story yourself.
 - EXTRA Feature: After the story, explore the original Bible text that tells the Nativity Story.
 -  Amazing Visual Quality: Support for retina display

How is This Christmas App Different?
 - Production Values - It is a work of art: a rich visual and sound experience.
 - Interactive - Touch technology and animation is used to engage the reader in the story in an enchanting and educational way.
 - Age approach - The classic Bible story is retold her with an original and creative approach that appeals to young kids as well as adults.
 - Original - This app is designed like a vintage popup book and includes unique features such as interacting with a band of angels and playing instruments like trumpet and harp.

I hope you will try out this App and let me know what you think!  And by the way, this would make a great Holiday gift.


Neha said...

This sure looks interesting. Try and see if you can get Amar Chitra Katha apps or Panchtantra. The kids sure will love those :)

Athena Nagel said...

Looks like a great app. I will have to check it out. My daughter loves any story about Jesus and having an app for it is even better.

Momma Lew said...

Wow that is such a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing! I will have to check it out! The kids are starting to get to the age where they "get it" so this will be perfect.

Jennifer Hughes said...

Looks like you found a winner app for the season!