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Green Riding Hood – Apple’s Free iTunes App of the Week

This week’s free app is the interactive book Green Riding Hood. Normally it’s $3, but you can get it free from iTunes until Thursday, February 23rd.

What Is Green Riding Hood?

This app is a retelling of the classic story Little Red Riding Hood. Spoiler: in this version, nobody gets eaten. Charles Perrault does the narration with a delightful Scottish accent. The characters here are progressive vegetarians who all work together in harmony. They even do yoga together!

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Each page of the book responds to touch and includes some games along the way. It’s not just a bedtime story, but it also engages the child.

Who Is It Good For?

This app is for the bedtime story crowd, although you can listen to the book as well. The app works on the iPhone, but you’ll have a much better experience on the iPad. The characters are the type you’d expect at your local organic grocery store, which may not match your family’s beliefs. If your family eats meat, you might get some questions after. That’s assuming your kids know what yoga is already.

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The included interactions and games are just enough to make the story come alive. They don’t distract from the telling, just make it more interesting to the little ones.

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Should You Download It?

The app takes up about 200MB, which isn’t much considering the level of interaction this app/story includes. I’m keeping it on my iPhone and iPad for those times I’m asked to read a bedtime story. I’ll ask the parent’s permission first just to make sure they approve of the message of course.

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