Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Frozen! Frozen! Read all About It!: Frozen Storybooks and Apps

Do you want to build a snowman? Or read a book about some girls? Disney has brought the award winning film Frozen to the pages of storybooks. We recently had an opportunity to check out the digital storybook and print books for the movie Frozen. Disney has provided books for every age and learning style of young reader. I think all ages are going to be excited about reading when they find their friends Elsa and Anna lurking in the pages.

Disclaimer: I was provided review copies of each of the books and apps in exchange for my honest opinions. 

Frozen Storybooks and Apps

We were able to review the Frozen Storybook Deluxe app as well a beautiful Frozen picture book, a read along storybook and CD, an early reader book and a Frozen chapter book. I was really impressed that Disney has thought about each level of learner and made the text accessible to kids.

A Sister More Like Me
This picture book is the one book of the Frozen line of books that doesn't retell the movie story exactly. Instead, the book focuses on the relationship of the two sisters. It is based around the sisters comparing themselves to one another and wishing to have "a sister more like me." In the end, the sisters recognize they each have unique strengths and gifts and learn to accept and love the other. It's a cute rhyming book with a sweet message. There is also an ebook version with read along narration.

Frozen: A Tale of Two Sisters

This step into reading level 2 book is great for early readers. It retells the movie in a simple manner. It's a great book to read for enjoyment. The text structure is very simple and it would work well for struggling readers or speakers of other languages who are learning English. Students will feel success as most will already know the story line and characters.

Frozen: The Junior Novelization
I've been reading the Frozen chapter book to my kindergartener. It's definitely too hard for him to access independently. He is so familiar with the content of the story, so he's doing a great job listening to the book. It's perfect for readers in the 2-5 grade range who are huge fans of the movie. I reads like a retelling of a movie rather than a deeply written piece of literature, but kids need light enjoyable reads from time to time. They will love this one. As long as kids are reading, I count that as a win!

Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD

My boys (ages 4, 5) were most impressed with the Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD. This is a condensed version of the movie. It hits all of the highlights from the movie in a paperback picture book. The CD has great music and sound effects and the narration is great. We listen to it nearly every day on the way to school. In fact, I've been working with my kindergartner to write book reviews and here are his thoughts:

"I like the sound effects because the voices sound like Elsa and Anna."

Frozen Storybook Deluxe
The Frozen Storybook Deluxe is an interactive digital storybook. There is a narrated story which is told from two points of view. You can flip your device to hear Anna or Elsa's point of view. We loved the story but the games are less than thrilling. So buy it for a good digital storybook, don't buy it if you are looking for a game. Also, it takes a ton of space, so be aware of it before purchasing.

I think these Frozen storybooks would be a great treat in Easter baskets this weekend! Check them out and let me know what your readers think.


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