Bean has her window for sitting, her ball for chasing, her whole world just as she likes it. Then in comes Baby. The story of how the two get acquainted is told in spare one or two word phrases which, in “read to me” mode, highlight as they are read by the young narrator, helping the child associate the sound of the word with the printed text. Even the youngest will soon be able to “read it myself.” Gentle animations enhance the story and most are repeatable on touch. Set it for auto-play and the toddler can enjoy the story from beginning to end, and then hit the button to read the story “again”… and “again.”
The frisky black cat continues her playful antics in two more apps Bean’s Games and Bean’s Night. Well loved by toddlers and their parents when published as board books these small adventures are now reborn as apps to delight a new generation.
Sarah Hines-Stephens wrote the books to welcome her first nephew and has since gone on to publish many titles for children. Anna Grossnickle Hines, author and illustrator of numerous books already, was thrilled to join forces with her daughter and create the colored pencil illustrations for this trio of books to honor her first grandson. Anna scanned the original drawings, digitally separated, and enhanced them for the apps. Grandpa, Gary Hines, recorded granddaughter Violet Grace Stephens as the narrator and did all the sound work as well as programming in Kwik to create Bean’s Baby, making it a truly family affair.
*Auto-play, read-to-me, or read-it-myself for optimal sharing
*Interactions are simple and fun—just enough for little ones
*Playful musical enhancements and sound effects
*No hot links, ads, in-app purchases, push notifications, or data collecting!
Anna Grossnickle Hines is an award winning author of more than 60 books for children, well known for her ability to take everyday events and turn them into engaging picture books.
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How did Kwik help?
I have been using Kwik for a while. For this app my husband Gary, who does all the sound work, wanted to get in on the fun. Bean’s Baby is his first Kwik experience. For me it was exciting to give him some pointers and watch what he did with it. I loved the way he was able to time the interactions between the cat, ball and baby.
Gary’s response to this question: 100%!
It’s true without Kwik, we would not have been able to create the app.
What are your favorite features?
Gary’s answer: Everything!
Any tips and tricks to share?
Gary’s answer: The best trick is to buy the Kwik plug-in. You won’t regret it!
Anna, now with the partnership of Gary, her husband, sound engineer and Kwik user, did it again! The Bean series (Bean’s Baby included) bring great stories in different languages, memorable characters, good quality sound and beautiful illustrations. What else should I say besides “get yours now!”?