World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers” by World of Liberty, LLC – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

beautiful illustrations, teaching history in a fun and engaging way, encouraging reading comprehension

What we’d love to see…

ability to adjust the number of puzzle pieces, more about each of the characters individually

Summary

Great book to teach us about female pioneers and the important things they brought to the United States and Mexico with their talents.  This story is well done and weaves history into a story which encourages kids to follow along and learn as well as comprehend what they are learning.

Our Rating

World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers”World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers” is the third app in the series by World of Liberty.   Each of these interactive storybooks takes you on an adventure which involves the United States and a country connection to another country.  Other apps in the series include It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware and Chicago’s Green River Leads to the Emerald Isle!.  These  universal apps for iOS encourage kids to learn about history in a fun way that doesn’t make them realize they are learning.  This adventure features the state of Kansas and a school field trip to the Air and Space Museum where Liberty learns about Amelia Earhart and her red Vega plane.  The characters in the story are: Liberty Lane (the primary character), her toy eagle Georgie, her toy plane Truman and her dog Ellie as they adventure around the world. Her classmates, Tobi and Mei Li are also featured at the beginning of the story during the field trip and help her make the first connection about Amelia and her flight. Each story features “read to me”, “read to myself” and autoplay modes.  The app also features word highlighting as the text is read along with audio narration and background sounds.

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Liberty learns that Amelia was an explorer who saw her first airplane at the age of 11 at the Iowa State fair.    They go to the state of Kansas to learn more about where Amelia grew up and learn about the capital and that one of the biggest crops for the state is wheat.  Amelia’s childhood home was converted into a museum about her life and her travels.  They make a connection to Mexico which is the next destination in the story and include a toy Vega plan named Bessie from the museum on the trip. While in Mexico they visit Frida Kahlo’s “La Casa Azul” where they learn that Frieda was an art pioneer who loved to paint.  These two ladies were both pioneers in different fields and had a connection to one another.  Unfortunately, Liberty’s computer gets a low battery so the adventure came to an end, meanwhile she is pondering how she can be a “pioneer of something”.  Liberty is excited then to head off with her family to a local air show to cap off the day.  The app also features puzzles which can be completed by the user.

Among my favorite features of the book are the brightly colored images and narration. I really liked how Liberty Lane was interspersed with the story and told it from a first person perspective.  The facts are presented through the story like about the state of Kansas as well as recapping information at the end of the story like Amelia’s nickname like “Old Bessie”, a picture of each of the country flags.  There is also a nice recap on Frida Kaho who loved art and encouraging children to make their own self portrait.  I really liked the questions at the end of the story as well since they made my son think about what he learned as well in the story testing his reading comprehension.  It also helped him to think about how he might be a pioneer or make his own mark on the world.  I also really liked the fact that the story focused on female pioneers – there are not many books like this and it was nice to see a story which helped my kids realize that pioneers can be both female and male. I also love that Liberty and her friends make learning fun! My son had no idea when he was telling me the plot of the story that he had learned so much history!

 

In terms of improvements, I wish that you could choose the number of pieces in the puzzle.  There were quite a few which could be frustrating for a younger user.  I also liked the worksheets on the Liberty Lane webpage for the other books which were helpful for kids to follow along with.  The text can be a bit long for younger kids, but having the book in autoplay mode helps them stay on task and follow along with the story.  I’d also like to see more interaction on each of the individual pages which might help to engage younger readers while they are listening the story being read to them.  I’d also perhaps love to see a more full version of who Amelia Earhart was and her travels around the world – perhaps that will be the next story?

There are no in-app purchases.  Links are protected by a parental gate.  You can turn on and off the background audio with a tap on the main screen.

Overall, this is a well done app that helps kids learn about two female pioneers as well as the connection between the United States and Mexico.  My son learned a few facts from the story and was tested on his comprehension at the end which encouraged him to pay attention and follow along with the story.


World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers”
World Of Liberty “Paintings, Planes and Pioneers”
by World of Liberty, LLC

Category: Books, Puzzle, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 120.23 MB

$0.99USD

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Review and Giveaway for Flash & Thunder Interactive Game and Graphic Novel from INVICTA Challenge

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What we love…

Encourages kids to read, teaches history, inspires leadership skills

Summary

I think Flash & Thunder is a great gift, it will appeal mostly to boys but some of the other INVICTA Challenge stories in the pipeline will appeal to both boys and girls. The story is based on a real-life episode during WW2 and whilst playing the child will learn history, get an insight into leadership skills and how tough it can be to make the right decision. I love that there are so many elements to the game- the detailed action figure, studying the mission cards, reading the maps, reading the story, making choices, watching historical videos and playing the video game.A great value for $34.99 !

Our Rating

 

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Flash & Thunder is the first Interactive Game and Graphic Novel from  INVICTA Challenge. INVICTA Challenge is on a mission to engage kids in reading and inspire them through telling stories about real life American heroes.

Flash & Thunder is set during WW2 and tells the story of Turner Turnbull, a Native American paratrooper, and his incredible leadership during D-Day.

When they open the box the player will find a card describing the INVICTA Challenge, an operations packet with 15 mission cards, 2 maps and a detailed posable 6″ action figure.

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INVICTA is Latin for “the unconquered” and an acronym for the 7 pillars of leadership: Integrity, Nobility, Valor, Initiative, Curiosity, Tenacity and Accountability.  The mission of the company is to tell real life leadership stories and inspire kids to become leaders.

The player must study the operations packet and the maps before reading the novel. The mission cards are glossy full color 2 sided cards that cover  a lot of background information. The player learns about the Nazis, the history of WW2 leading up to D-Day and the planned Allied Invasion. They also learn about the troops on both sides that are involved in the story, their gear and weapons, how they fight, as well as  learning about some of the characters they will encounter. As well as color pictures and maps the cards also have copies of historical black and white photos from the time.

As they read the story they need to make decisions that decide the fate of Turner and his men and affect the course of history. They have to take into consideration what they have learned about the enemy, the terrain and the big picture of the invasion plans. Throughout the book they need to make decisions and try to think like a leader as they replay decisions Turnbull and other leaders had to face. Will the mission succeed or fail? That depends on how well they have studied the operations packet. If they make the right decision the story moves forward, if they make the wrong decision they see the consequences of their action and the mission fails, they can then go back a step to make a different choice.

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After studying the operations packet and reading the graphic novel they can go online to INVICTAChallenge.com. They have created nearly 30 videos that bring the operations packet to life putting the story in historical perspective and showing video clips from the time. They can also play an interactive video game which is an animated digital version of the graphic novel. The online content will become available in app form soon.

INVICTA-Challenge_two-paratroopers-on-ipad_WEBOverall, I think Flash & Thunder is a great gift, it will appeal mostly to boys but some of the other INVICTA Challenge stories in the pipeline will appeal to both boys and girls. The story is based on a real-life episode during WW2 and whilst playing the child will learn history, get an insight into leadership skills and how tough it can be to make the right decision. I love that there are so many elements to the game- the detailed action figure, studying the mission cards, reading the maps, reading the story, making choices, watching historical videos and playing the video game. I love products that encourage children to read and with this game if they want to succeed they can’t just jump into playing the video game they really need to read the mission cards and study the maps first to guide them in the decision process. A great value for $34.99 !

Available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon and the National WW2 Museum.

Note from INVICTA Challenge: In honor of our first hero, we helped create a Turner Turnbull Scholarship with the Chahta Foundation, a nonprofit that works alongside the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. We donate a portion of our game sales to this scholarship supporting a Choctaw Nation student in his or her 2nd year of college.

 

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


World of Liberty “Chicago’s Green River Leads to the Emerald Isle!” by World of Liberty, LLC – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

beautiful illustrations, connection between the United States and Ireland as well as connection to St. Patrick’s Day

What we’d love to see…

Map showing true distance between the US and Ireland, photo album to connect you

Summary

Fun app that will show you a connection between the US and Ireland with a variety of fun scenes!

Our Rating

World Of Liberty “Chicago’s Green River Leads to the Emerald Isle”Liberty Lane is back, this time with an adventure spanning from Chicago to Ireland.  In this app for iOS, Android and Amazon, Liberty and her friends Ellie, Georgie and Truman explore the United States and discover the connections between Chicago and Dublin, Ireland via a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.  This is the second in the series of Liberty Lane apps, the first was “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware“.  The story features “read to me”, “read by myself” and “autoplay” options for the storybook as well as word highlighting as the book is used in the read to me or autoplay mode.

One of my favorite features of the app is the way that the graphics weave so nicely with the storyline along with a specific holiday.  We love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in our family, so this story weaved nicely with the holiday..  I love that it connects historical facts in ways that children engage in learning without even realizing it.  My son also liked how Liberty’s laptop turned into a “magical portal” where she and her friends could travel to learn more about other countries and their connections to the United States.  We lived in Chicago for several years, so I loved that the story accurately portrayed the green river and how it led to the Emerald Isle.  I also liked the questions at the end of the story which help children take learning from just an onscreen experience to a true learning experience where they can show that the learned.  Since we had lived in Chicago, my son actually got to see the Chicago river dyed green so he thought it was pretty interesting that Liberty Lane saw that as well.

One enhancement I would like to see is a map that shows both Chicago and Ireland and explains how far apart the two cities really are.  My son didn’t understand the true “distance” between the two.  It would also be fun if the “snapshots” in the story could be captured in a photo album at the end of the story.

Overall, this is a fun book that will teach your children about their world as well as the history of St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago and Dublin Ireland.  It is best suited to elementary aged children.  The narration, illustrations and questions at the story help your children to really understand the story as well as the connections between the two countries.


World of Liberty Adventure 2
World of Liberty Adventure 2
by World of Liberty, LLC

Category: Entertainment, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 45.06 MB

$0.99USD

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.


Blue Planet Tales – History, Nature & Science Children´s Bookshelf – Review



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What we love…

beautiful illustrations, testing reading comprehension of the book

What we’d love to see…

implementation of a parental gate to prevent accidental in-app purchases; ability to purchase all the content of the app with a one time in-app purchase

Summary

Overall, good app to learn about historical events.  This app requires parental supervision due to lack of a parental gate.

Our Rating

Blue Planet Tales – History, Nature & Science Children´s BookshelfBlue Planet Tales Interactive Storybooks is a bookshelf type app that allows you to purchase additional content for your iOS device and teach children about a variety of history, science and other concepts.  For purposes of this review we will be looking at Apollo 11, Men on the Moon.  There is also a free book that is included so you can try it before purchasing additional in-app content.  To read the purchased stories, simply tap on the library and the book will pop up.  There are three play options, autoplay, read it to me and I have read it. The books are available in English and Spanish.

I thought that the Apollo 11, Men on the Moon story was historically accurate.  In addition the graphics were fairly accurate, although the text did cover up the illustrations at times.  One of my favorite things about the app was that there are questions within the story that test reading comprehension such as: who was the first human in space. who was the first president to support space travel.  For each correct answer you are rewarded with a “all right”.    There is some limited interactivity within the app on each of the pages, such as the ability to put the astronauts on the space shuttle with the actual sounds of the countdown.  The app does reinforce learning within the story to ensure that people understand the story.

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In terms of improvements, this app needs a parental gate to ensure that content is not purchased in error.  Currently, you open a book either at the bottom of the screen or in the menu and it provides a direct iTunes link.  For this reason, I would suggest turning off the ability to do in-app purchases on your device.  I would also like to see word highlighting for emerging readers to help them more easily follow along.  I also found at times in the autoplay mode that the text on the page did not match the narrator especially if you touched the page forward button.  I would also like to see a one time in-app purchase that would unlock all the content of the app.

 

Note:  There does seem to be a bug in the iOS 8.0 version but if you upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 it solves the crashing and need to restore the stories within the app.

Overall, this app does have great content which touches on a variety of historical events.  The lack of a parental gate concerns me, however, the content does encourage learning among individuals both young and old.  The illustrations are well done and the story pulls you in to learn more about historical events.

 

BPT - Educational Storybooks for Children (Preschool & Primary)
BPT - Educational Storybooks for Children (Preschool & Primary)
by Blue Planet Productions SL

Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 23.44 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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