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One of the best functions of the iPad is a kid's bedtime tool. As a father of three kids, I can tell you getting those little ones to finally settle down for the night is a big ordeal. But like most parents, my wife and I often turn to children's books to bring on the yawns, and interactive tales on the iPad are super handy. Snow Queen adapts a classic Hans Christian Andersen story, adding some gorgeous-looking artwork and touch-screen activities for little fingers.
If you think the artwork for Snow Queen looks amazing, there's a reason. The e-book's illustrations were all created by artist Vladyslav Yerko, whose work has also appeared on the covers of Harry Potter novels. Yerko painstakingly painted the images under a magnifying glass, before the illustrations were handed off for animation.
The iPad app features a voice narrator activated with a tap, interactive scenes, and seven mini-games. The retelling of the classic story focuses on the adventures of two children named Gerda and Kai, caught in a struggle between the forces of good and evil.
If you're thinking of picking Snow Queen up on the App Store, now is as good a time as any. The interactive storybook is temporarily on sale for $1.99, but the price will go back up to $4.99 on Sunday.
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