Growing up in Germany, Heidi has always been a favorite. I had no clue how popular Heidi was in the US until I was asked to review this brand new iPad/ iPhone App of Heidi Part II.
You can check out Heidi Part I in the Apple Store; Heidi Part II will debut TODAY on June 24, 2011 and will make a nice addition to the first book. The introductory price for Heidi Part II is only $1.99 ( iPad) and $.99 (iPhone) and if you like to get Heidi part I as well, be sure to Hurry for a short period of time they lowered the price for Heidi Part I to $.99 for both iPad and iPhone. This price is good through June 30th… so you better Hurry and grab this awesome deal.
I loaded the App to my iPad the other day and at first I was surprised and excited at the same time. This all time favorite of mine is now available for the iPad BUT it also has an option to read the book or listen to the book in both English or German. I was ecstatic. It is so hard for me to find German books or products for the iPad. Since my kids are bilingual in German and English this was exciting news for us. But even if you aren’t bilingual, this is still a wonderful feature to listen to the book in it’s native language.
The story starts out when Heidi travels to Frankfurt Germany, leaving her beloved Alps behind. She encounters a lot of issues in Frankfurt and meets a lot of new people like Ms. Rottenmeier, the mean housekeeper, Klara her new best friend who is in a wheelchair, The butler Sebastian and many more; Klara and Heidi quickly become friends and enjoy each others company; but Heidi is very homesick and misses her grandfather and the Alps. She so wants to go back home; the city life is so different from what she was used to. She tried her best to stick around and make the City Life in Frankfurt work for her, but after a short year she wanted to go home; she wanted to go home so bad that she even started to sleep walk at night and stopped eating. Finally Mr. Sesemann, Klara’s Father invited Klara’s grandmother to come spend some time with the Girls and she realized that Heidi needs to go back home; she is too homesick and needs to be where she belongs to be happy. The very next day Klara helped Heidi pack her belongings and Heidi was overjoyed to be able to return home to her beloved grandfather and the Alps. Once she arrived back in her home town, she quickly ran over to her grandmothers house to give her some presents and couldn’t wait to go up the Alps to see her grandfather, whom everyone said has been very grumpy and not a joy to be around since Heidi’s departure.
This was just a quick climbs into this book, it is wonderfully illustrated by Diana Kizlauskas and the Author is Johanna Spyri and an Abridged Version by Katrin Draemann Barothy; each page has an option to read the book yourself or have the book read to you. On each page you can also tap the people like Klara and Heidi and hear them speak and carry on a conversation. We loved the German Language part for that, you could hear the “Dialect” Heidi was talking in and my Toddler just got a kick out of that. So many things to do and to explore it’s almost like you are part of the book. I love it. It’s so different then when I was a little girl and you had a book and had to come up with all the little sounds and information on your own. I can’t wait to check out the next chapter, Part III, which will be released in September 2011; be sure to stay tune, I will tell you all about it.
Till then, be sure to check out Heidi part I and Part II and enjoy it; this is such a family favorite and I’m excited to share some of my memories from home with you through this book.
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