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Grasshopper FREE Customizable books

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Update:

There are several similar books were released by Grasshopper that are free. check them out.

I Like Leaves ($0.99) –This is by far the most customizable book we have seen. But you don’t need to customize it. It has beautiful photographs that you expect from Grasshopper apps and extremely good voice over. The story flows very well with rhymes. It is very good book as it is. There are several good books out there so where this stands out? It is inits customization. Read on..

The best part is

  • It allows users to modify the text of the story so you can add your child’s name or place to make it more personal.
  • You can add hot spots on the pictures so you can teach the words in context (ex: show me eyes, when the kid clicks on eye, you can record it to say ‘eye’.
  • Good tool to teach parts of a whole
Wishlist
  • Text to Voice – Adding text to voice reduces a lot of effort for parents to record instead, whatever is in the text will be read. It is not going to be as good as someone talking but it is quick and easy way to do edits.
  • Add our own pictures – This allows us to build our own books.  I know there are lot of tools to build our own stories but they aren’t as user friendly as this one. May be they can create a seperate app for that.
Overall this is an awesome app with so much customizations, I would rate it as ‘Bang for the buck’.  Literally it is a buck ($0.99).

Developer Notes

The only FULLY customizable kids book of its kind!

The “I Like” children’s picture books are a magical way to enjoy stories with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun… they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books to learn how to read as they see each word individually highlighted in red at the exact moment the audio is played back.

If your little one loves hearing new stories and learning about new things, then the “I Like” picture books will become one of their most treasured apps and soon they will even be able to read them on their own!

Features:
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✔ Add your own voice – now your toddler can listen to the entire story in mommy’s or daddy’s voice
✔ Story highlights – Each word is highlighted in read as it is being read, making this a perfect learning to read tool
✔ Word highlights – Words respond to touch – in other words, click on any word and hear it being read out loud
✔ Picture highlights – Words respond to touch – in other words, click on any word and hear it being read out loud
✔ Supports three playback modes – read to me, read by myself, and auto-play which automatically turns from page to page
✔ Uses real, crisp professional images that are carefully designed vs. cartoonish illustrations
✔ Fun & engaging voice artist keeps kids engaged
✔ Multi-sensory learning tool – combining seeing, hearing, and tactile feedback
✔ Multi-language support – since you can edit all existing items and sounds so you can record everything in your native tongue

Customization:
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✔ Customize story – you can fully customize the entire story and even change it!
✔ Record your own voice – you can record everything in your own voice
✔ Change the story – want to personalize the story and change it, no problem, everything is customizable
✔ Change picture highlights – you can edit or delete all existing highlights
✔ Add picture highlights – if you want your child to learn a particular object in the photo, just click on it and add the word and recording. You can even adjust the area of what can be highlighted and make it bigger and smaller
✔ Playback mode – at any time you can either play back the original story or the one that has been customized by you
✔ Story highlights – Turn on / off the ability to have each word is highlighted as the story is being read
✔ Word highlights – Turn on / off the ability to highlight words
✔ Picture highlights – Turn on / off the ability to click on picture highlights to make the story either more immersive or less distracting
✔ Page swiping – Turn on / off the ability to move from page to page by click vs. by finger swiping too

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  1. April 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to review our app. I agree with your wish list! Those features would be great to add. They are not easy but we are definitely mindful of these and have added them to our list. I especially would like to be able to change the pictures. 🙂

  1. April 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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