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Grandma's Great Gourd

By Literary Safari Inc.

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A storybook app rich in gameplay, featured on Common Sense Media's "Best Book Apps for Kids" list and Geeks with Juniors "Top 60 Apps of 2016."

School Library Journal says, "This is a vibrantly drawn, highly interactive app featuring strong female characters. It also offers a look at another culture, supported by a number of complementary extras. It should be a winner with young children."

Winner of the Tech with Kids "Best Pick App" award; a Teachers with Apps "Badge of Excellence"; a Children's Technology Review's "New & Noteworthy App.


FEATURING: An original music score and voiceover by award-winning composer and voice artist Kamala Sankaram, recognized as "one of "10 cutting edge artists that have captured the imagination" (WQXR) and “strikingly original” (The New York Times).

You will get 4 rich experiences in your one-time download

READ: An animated, interactive adventure story rich in gameplay, based on a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 children's picture book "Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale," retold by best-selling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters.

ROLL: Play a rollicking, physics-based mini-game inspired by the story as you launch Grandma's gourd into the forest & unlock powerful gourds of different shapes and sizes! Created with input from science educators.

RECORD: Create custom narrations & sound effects. Your child will love hearing his/her voice in the story and game. Parents, teachers, and grandparents can also use this feature to translate and record the story in another language; a great tool for bilingual homes and classrooms!

EXPLORE: Take a virtual field trip to South Asia to get a taste of its food, art, music, language, and clothing with In-App videos!
- Language: How do you say Grandma around the world?
- Dress: Learn to put on a sari!
- Animals: Meet the wildlife of the Sundarbans Forest
- Art: Discover Alpona, a traditional art form
- Food: Make "Puffed Rice Stars"

App Features:
- Read by Myself and Auto Read for Me modes
- Text highlighting
- Interactive Gardening mini-game
- Physics-inspired mini-game, created with input of science educators
- Recording Studio great for language localization for classrooms or bilingual homes
- Free activity guide, "Things to Do with Grandma" for educators and families
- No In-App Purchases; one time download
- All text in Castledown, a dyslexic-friendly font recognized by Wired magazine as a “font designed to help kids learn to read and write”
- Great for traveling: No Internet connection needed to run app or play In-App videos

Recommended Ages: 3-8
Categories: Book, Classics, Folklore, Reading, Literature, Picture Books, Kirkus Award Winner

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Grandma's Great Gourd is a production of Literary Safari, creators of award-winning storybook & literacy apps Dentist Bird: A West African Folktale ("Fast-paced fun that will keep children coming back for more"—School Library Journal) and HangArt ("Rich in bite-size bits of interactions ... promotes cooperative play"—The New York Times).

Literary Safari is a proud member of the interdisciplinary coalition Diversity in Apps/Children's Media Diversity Initiative which supports the creation of inclusive, equitable, and diverse children’s media. We are also a member of Know What's Inside, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeing to promote quality apps for kids and families.

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Customer Reviews


What a wonderful, rare thing to have a grandmother featured so prominently! The story is sweet and the art is stunning. The gourd game and videos are great additions.

Love it!!!

Enter the world of Grandma and her travels through the forest - the story gets you hooked with its visuals and the mini gourd rolling games. My son loves to see how far the gourd can roll and at the same time is being educated on south Asian food art and music. Loved how food was incorporated into this by a video by Chef Rama and the video on how to say Grandma in different languages. This is a definite keeper and would
recommend this app!

What's life without a little adventure?

My app-savvy daughter is delighted with Grandma's engaging story, fun games that remind her, "What's life without a little adventure?"and rich cultural content. She declared it a "great app!" I love that the app reflects my daughter's South Asian heritage but it truly has universal appeal. Highly recommended.

Grandma's Great Gourd
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Books
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 235 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 6–8

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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