Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Appy-Picking Month: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

I am Linus, for sure.  I grew up somewhat of a Peanuts fanatic and have recently mentioned the potential of leveraging the comic strip's downbeat tone to develop narrative and positive social behaviors and self-talk. The Christmas special was transformed into a beautiful app last year, and I have to mention the wonderful Halloween one that was just released.  It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (at $4.99, probably only for Peanuts lovers) allows you to create and costume an avatar who shows up at a number of places in the story, trick or treating with the characters.  The story itself (if a bit mean) is ripe for narrative-building and discussion of the social behaviors of the characters.  The pages contain pop-up-like effects and the story also has a few other interactive elements such as bobbing for apples.  Enjoy, and reminisce with the kids!

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