The Main Page of this application shows the title of the book. It also contains some buttons that bring you to pages about the following:
- Globe: Choose between English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Catala for the language that is written and narrated within the book.
- "i" (Info): Tells information about the app as well as shows the Facebook and Twitter sites to follow Sanoen.
- Photo button: Place the user's face in Sarah's body and take a photo.
- Mail: Share Sanoen with friends via e-mail, Facebook, and/or Twitter.
- Bookshelf: View all installed books by Sanoen and switch between them.
Press on the middle of the screen to begin application play. The book will have text in the language chosen as well as narration. Press the star button at the bottom of the pages to turn on/off music by pressing the music button, on/off the narration by pressing the microphone button, home button to return to the Main Page, and puzzle pieces to play a memory game. Press the right and left arrows to navigate between pages. Press on images within the application for fun animations and sounds.
At the end of the book, multiple choice questions are asked. Press on the answers to see if you are correct. An incorrect answer will highlight the text in red while a correct answer will highlight the text in green.
The story is about a girl named Sarah who has her grandmother with Alzheimer's move in. One day, her grandmother gets lost. Sarah turns into a fairy with her magic fairy doll, Mina, to teach her about Alzheimer's disease and help her find her grandmother.
What I Like About This Application:
- The application does a great job explaining Alzheimer's disease in terms that children can understand. It uses images to help explain concepts and highlights keywords. It even discusses the neurons in the brain and some therapy techniques in layman's terms.
- The application's pictures are interactive, which makes the book even more motivating to read.
- There are questions about Alzheimer's in a questionnaire after the book to test a child's recall of information from the book.
- The story remains positive and calm throughout even though the grandmother goes missing. It also ends on a positive note.
- The text and narration of the book is offered in five different languages.
- Articulation/Fluency/Voice - Have the student read the book aloud using age-appropriate speech sounds/fluency strategies/vocal strategies.
- Receptive Language - Children can learn about Alzheimer's disease by reading this book. Have them read through or listen to the book and answer questions at the end. If a child has a person in his or her family who has Alzheimer's disease, reading this book may alleviate anxiety and answer some questions that he or she had.
- Auditory Processing - Have children listen to the book narrated aloud and answer questions at the end of the book. You can write down the questions ahead of time and have them answer the questions after each page or earlier in the book.
Sarah the Little Fairy: Grandma Gets Lost! ("Sarah little fairy and grandma" in iTunes) is available for the iPad for $2.99.
Consonantly Speaking was given a copy of this application to review. No other form of compensation was received.